With the slow down in blog posts, I decided to crystallize some thoughts on writing a blog. The main thing I’ve learned is that writing itself should be the main focus. Specifically, the important parts are the content of the writing and the process of writing. It’s an endless loop of writing, sharing, more writing. There’s occasional reader feedback and rethinking and regret when I look back at some of the things. I created this blog because it fit my personality. And in the end, it’s a hobby that challenges – one that allows me to better myself in the broadest sense possible.
Behind the times?
For many, the era of the personal site is over. In 2016, a personal site is more a landing page where someone places a short bio and links to other social media (Facebook, twitter, snapchat etc). Either that, or the website acts as an organizational or business front. Am I behind the times with wanting to create a personal blog? It seems that personal online presence has been trending to much shorter timelines via Facebook, Instagram, twitter etc.
It is much easier to share my thoughts and interests with these newer platforms. It’s also easier to have a discussion or continue a conversation on those platforms because they are more synchronous. At the same time, this often means they are more fleeting and posts from a month ago often don’t make sense without any context.
Why I do it
Nonetheless many personal websites still exist and many are created everyday. Yet, how many of those sites last? In the realm of personal websites in 2016, things are geared towards a very focused audience. I visit many of them frequently. However, I rarely visit a good personal blog that covers the gamut of an entire person. But when I do I feel a positive connection. These rare gems are blogs where you can tell the person has clear thoughts and can express strong opinions or educate me on a unique aspect of life. It’s a goal to reach that apex in writing, but also its a personal memoir as I’ve mentioned in the past.
In a personal blog:
- I can more creatively tell my own story
- I can record and share my own thoughts in more depth
- I care more about having control over my public content
- Plus its fun to design, develop and maintain this site
- I care less about connecting with other people via other social media platforms
So yes, I will continue to share things here. This site will continue to evolve, but mainly I don’t want it to die. I vow to continue writing a blog.