Me And My Blog
February 27, 2015
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I just finished reading a blog post about blogging. The main content of the post seemed geared to doing blogging as a profession and as a way to make money. It got me wondering when things changed?
No, I’m not really that dumb. I know blogging, once it became mainstream, was a critical marketing and sales tool. I guess at this point, my thoughts are, why is it still considered the way to do things? And, like many cases where I read something that insists I need to do something differently to do it correctly, I question myself.
I made a milestone post a while ago describing my relationship with my blog. It’s a personal journal, like me just talking to myself or to no one in specific. And just right there, I violated another recommendation. I didn’t link to the post where I mentioned that. I do internal links extremely infrequently, which is considered bad. I actually do very few links of any kind. Why? Because I think a link encourages distraction. Someone has probably done some study of the pros and cons of hyperlinks vs. footnotes. One providing instant additional information but possibly containing other information that hasn’t been covered yet, and the other allowing you to absorb the entire document before seeking additional info.
So let me explain my relationship with my blog, contrasted with other social media options. This is a journal, first and foremost. I can use it to search and remember what life was like for me at that time. This blog does have some pretty low points in its records. Although I could accomplish the same thing in Facebook, there’s a significant difference. On FB, if I’m bitching, gloating, bragging, or whining, I’m doing it in front of my chosen audience. Likewise, people are doing it to me when I am in their chosen audience. But in my blog, even if the reader knows who I am, the blog is not directly attributable to my name.
Here’s another way to put it. Making a post on FB is saying, “I want everyone who is friends with me to know I said this.” Making a post on my blog is saying, “I want anyone who cares to know this.” See the difference? The blog doesn’t directly attribute a statement to me. It’s the same reason I don’t watermark any photographs. I may not get credit for cool stuff, but I won’t get flack for bad stuff either.