Blogging Insights — Art or Science

Blogging insightsThe latest edition of Dr. Tanya’s Blogging Insights prompt asks us three questions about the nature of blogging.

1. Is blogging an art or science?

Having a blog requires bloggers to possess the technical skills to use a personal computer, a tablet, or a smartphone and to access the internet and to use the website or app of the blog hosting platform to create and publish posts. That said, blogging, to me, is not a science. You can know how to do all of what I just described, but that doesn’t mean you can put two coherent sentences together or craft a post that anyone would be interested in reading. So my answer is that blogging is not a science, it’s art.

2. Can people without a “natural talent” for writing become bloggers?

I suppose it depends on the nature of the blog. If the blogger is using his or her blog as a personal journal or a diary of their lives, or if it has a very specific, narrow niche, then I’m not sure a “natural talent for writing” is a prerequisite. But I do believe that in order to be a successful blogger, you do have to have the talent to be a storyteller and you have to have a talent for telling your stories in a compelling way that grabs the reader.

3. Have you ever taken or taught a blogging course?

My one word answer is “nope.” Okay, that was actually a six word answer. No wait, now we’re up to 22 words. No, 24 words. Damn. 26 words. Fine, I need a blogging course on how to give a one-word answer. But there’s a pattern here. My response to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompts are never just one-line. Anyway, my answer is still “nope.” It just took me 71 words.

9 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — Art or Science

  1. Stroke Survivor UK January 21, 2020 / 3:33 am

    Yup, there’s a lot about blogging that is a case of just learning how to do things – how WP works, for starters. But creating the content itself is an art. I used to say that computer software was very much a science but actually working out how you were going to use the technology to solve a particular problem was very much an art form which a lot of people – even trained developers – just didn’t have.

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  2. blindzanygirl January 21, 2020 / 3:50 am

    I am really haphazard in the way I do my blog. I never thought of blogging as anything special or technical. I just wanted somewhere to plonk my poetry. But then it develpoed beyond that, much to my surprise. I am never going to be professional ai it but then I never intended to be! I think it probably is a bit of an art form though.

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  3. Sadje January 21, 2020 / 9:31 am

    It’s an art and you’ve got it pinned perfectly.

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  4. leigha66 January 21, 2020 / 9:32 pm

    I agree with all your answers. Although I have given some thought to taking some writing or blogging lessons.

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  5. Gavi January 22, 2020 / 9:32 am

    Loved your third answer and hence, I agree to your first answer. It’s an art. There is no science in it. The world needs scientific tools everywhere, that doesn’t mean blogging requires science. Blogging is different from setting up or maintaining a blog 🙂

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  6. Marilyn Armstrong January 22, 2020 / 11:33 am

    Tech blogs where the subject is all technical material can often get away with not such great language, though even they — if they stick with it — eventually improve. A lot of photographers don’t write well either. But if it’s a wordy blog, whether it’s person or political of fiction, the writing style is everything.

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    • Fandango January 22, 2020 / 10:22 pm

      No question about that. Writing style is, indeed, everything!

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