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?
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?
I need an outlet and have, for years, blogged extremely infrequently to get my thoughts out there. Just out there, preferably with accidental readers, but okay too if none.
I attributed my failure to establish the blogging habit to (1) lack of discipline (2) writer’s block. But now I have a third explanation that may help me to move the needle.
On (1). It was a nonsense thought, now I see. There just hasn’t been a solid reason or meaningful incentive for me to blog. Except to get musings out there and over the years Facebook has become my go-to channel.
On (2). My “writer’s block” is very situational. In particular, it only happens when I am actually on WordPress (i.e. the “official” blog place). On Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc., struggles are rare, be it for professional or personal purposes.
Stepping back, I wonder if my self-inflicted pressure of “proper blogging” has been holding me back. Blogging sounds so much more serious than merely posting. Blogging ought to be relatively strategic, with a clear goal and audience. Blogging must be more than a few words; ideally a well-constructed piece with a beginning, a middle, and an end.
My Aha moment?
So here’s to a new mindset, where right here on WordPress, I will write just to tell you something. It may be a sentence, it may be a long tale, it may be a link or a picture. Something du jour.
Afterall, blogging actually comes from the word “Web Logging”. So here I am, just logging along!
I don’t write professionally (ha, of course you can tell), nor do I have any followers per se. But once or twice, over the years, some of you kind people responded which made me very happy.
THIRTEEN months had passed between my last and second last post. The timestamps are really a testimony to the fact that lots have happened and that survival/growth/evolution period could only be done away from writing (in public).
I think I may be ready to blog publicly WHILE managing challenges now. I am at a different stage. Or perhaps, just perhaps, some of you can resonate.