For this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya wants to know…
How would you describe blogging to someone who has never heard of it before?
Back in the early 2000s, while I had heard the words “weblog” and “blog,” I really didn’t understand what blogging was all about or why someone would want to blog. I knew that I enjoyed writing and I felt that I was a better communicator using the written word than I was verbally. But I hadn’t really given any thought to blogging.
I was having a conversation with a co-worker in maybe 2003 or 2004. He knew I enjoyed writing and suggested that I might want to consider starting a blog. He told me that he was a blogger and he loved blogging. I asked him why and he said it was a way to exercise and improve his writing skills. I asked him why he needed a blog to do what sounded like writing in a diary or a personal journal and he gave me a few insightful answers.
- He could express his points of view on the world around him and publish them on the internet, where they would be out there for anyone to stumble upon, virtually speaking.
- People had, in fact, stumbled upon his blog posts and they seemed to enjoy what he wrote and actually responded to his posts.
- It was not just his family and friends, whom he had told about his blog, but total strangers from around the world, who had read, liked, and commented on his posts.
- There was a large and growing community of bloggers and he had formed connections with many of them.
- It felt great to see his thoughts, perspectives, ideas, notions, and opinions “in print” for all the world to see.
- He had, in fact, become a better writer as a result of putting himself out there in cyberspace.
I said to him that it sounded like blogging was a narcissistic, ego-boosting, self-serving waste of time.
I started my first blog in 2005 and immediately got hooked. Turns out that he was right on all the good things he said about blogging. It also turns out that I was right as well. Blogging is a bit of a narcissistic, ego-boosting, self-serving endeavor.
But it’s not a waste of time.