Those who are old enough may remember the word Blog is actually a shortened form of Web Log. As in, you log on the web, a then-new form of diary.
The Blogging evolution
With the explosion of Social Media in the last decade+, blogging has gone from a personal pursuit to a well-established, massive, and profitable industry.
Progression is great; it validates the value of blogging. That’s why I am (and you are!) here.
Thinking….Blog = Biography As we blog, are we not creating a biography?
In the future, don’t you think, our children can read our blog to get to know us deeper?
biography, or simply bio, is a detailed description of a person’s life. It involves more than just the basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death; it portrays a person’s experience of these life events. Unlike a profile or curriculum vitae (résumé), a biography presents a subject’s life story, highlighting various aspects of his or her life, including intimate details of experience, and may include an analysis of the subject’s personality. (Wikipedia)
Should one be interested in publishing a biography, wouldn’t the personal blog be a prime resource?
How much and how often can/should one share in a blog to make it a biography-in-making?
Shortly after I registered the domain simmeringgoodness.com, a soliciting email arrived, persuading me to use his “reusable codes” to promote my “cooking website”.
Having worked in technology (with a MSc) since 1992, that was HILARIOUS. I know what he means by “reusable codes” – which is nothing in this case, considering I’ve worked on more advanced technology. More amusing still, is the presumption that a blog named Simmering Goodness must be a cooking-related endeavour!
I am all for small businesses. I’ve hire and supported many. Heck, I am a small biz too! However, my advice for those in SEO/push marketing is that, please, at least do your homework. It’s literally a 5-mins task!
What is alarming is that this kind of thinking is becoming a norm, targeting the innocent consumers with an offer that’s nothing but BS. In the past 10 years, I had encountered an equal amount of solid, professional services and “yahoos” who are out there to capitalize on fads such as “wordpress website” or “social media”.
Anyhow, Simmering Goodness is not supposed to be a demonstration of advanced technology or fancy design (the latter would have been nice of course!). The goal has always been connecting with like-minded people, who resonate with my musings and can in return help me with refining what this blog is about.
Too much happened and is happening. To share all means reporting on recent events which, honestly, don’t make sense unless I also share full background info.
That would be a big, big task. Too much, too much.
There is a term on Facebook called Vaguebooking. Brief posts that allude to interesting news with zero details. A teaser. A subtle prologue. It leaves readers with that itch that must be scratched; the enlightened ones may send private message hoping to learn of more details.
Right now, right here, that’s how I feel. Is Vagueblogging a thing? I am bursting with updates, ideas, and questions. Yet, nothing can or should be shared out of context.
Plus, my intention is to engage, exchange and learn – not to broadcast.
What would you do? Just write? Include an “About” page to provide background info? Post a series to tell my story, in separate posts? What’s your experience regarding long tell-it-all posts vs. shorter ones?