Where’s the Beef? Er, Blog?
Posted July 9, 2008on:
I’ve been somewhat M.I.A. (no, not that M.I.A.), and for various reasons. Obviously, there are millions of things to talk about, so I haven’t been silent for lack of material. Lately I’ve been thinking about a certain event that has happened in my life and I’m undecided as to whether I should, or even want to, write about it. I’ve tried, for the most part, to keep this blog about ideas/events/things reflective of current trends in design, marketing, and social media. Sometimes I stick to these categories, and sometimes I go way off course. This recent event in my life does not fall into the marketing/design, etc category…although I do not think people would find it uninteresting, I’m just not sure whether I can share it…yet.
I ask myself if sticking to a so-called blog format/purpose even matters? Does it? If you have a blog, do you find yourself self-editing as you find interesting content that feel should be shared, but you think maybe it doesn’t quite fall into what your blog stands for?
[Sometimes I wonder who reads Digestion. (I know my mom does, bless her. The other day she asked why I haven’t been writing because she checks it every day. I thought, ‘Wow, my mom reads blogs, even though it is her own daughter’s.’ Well, this is from a woman who has a cell phone, yet leaves it off 99.9% of the time. And, once tried turning my MacBook on by delicately pushing the apple on the top. After glaring at her with incredulous eyes, I had to point her in the right direction…of where the top opens up.) When I look at the search terms people have Googled, and have clicked to my blog, I’m surprised — and sometimes amused. Most of the time, I’m surprised to see more than 5 people read my blog each day. (Oh, I suppose they could have mistakenly found my blog, and then decided to backtrack to continue their search for, say, “sexy jokes” — yes, this is one search term that leads to Digestion!).]
About a year or so ago, I had a chat with a respected and savvy communications strategist. We were talking about blogs and blogging. Said strategist gave me some insights as to why his blog exists, for him. I think he said (in general) that it’s about having fun. If you’re not having fun, why do it? This sounds simple, really easy to understand and implement, doesn’t it? I have a good friend who enjoys writing and is now on her 3rd (?) attempt at keeping a blog. So far, it looks like she’s having fun, as she’s posted six stories this month. I believe this is my only, and lonely, post for July.
I ask you, whoever you are, wherever you are, why do you blog? Why write? How do you know when to write? I am probably over-thinking things, as I am prone to do. But really, share with me, what keeps you writing?
As for that thing that’s been on my mind lately, maybe I’ll get around to writing about it…