She decided to blog. For eight months she blogged, even though it was hard, and she didn’t know any other bloggers, and never got any comments, and wanted to give up…
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It’s been about a year since I really started getting into blogging and enjoying myself, meeting new people, and trying out new things. I thought I’d look at my list of reasons not/to blog, and see if this time, I have new thoughts to share.
(Note: if I refer to “last time,” I am referring to my first blog, which lasted about a month.)
- It’s really good practice—it holds you to a schedule and you have a chance to work on brevity and maintaining reader interest.
- YES. Consistency, brevity, and interestingness are all things I try to hold to—with varying success, obviously.
- It really strengthens voice as you work on making it clear who is talking and the way they’re talking.
- Depends. (You worded this one weirdly, old self.) I have been avidly using the internet and/or writing since sixth grade. I have had a long time to learn how to say the things I want to say. I think I’ve learned more about being concise, rather than changing the specific way I speak.
- Builds an online portfolio—though this could be interpreted as a good thing or a bad thing.
- *shrugs* Publishing isn’t as much of a dream for me at this point. Neutral thing for me, but true for others.
- Gives me a chance to hold myself accountable to writing on schedule.
- Well, other people should hold you accountable, too!
- It’s a good chance to test out the waters and get your feet wet.
- Teaches you discipline.
- Or how to be CA-RAZ-YYYYYYY!
- Forces you to think.
- You should be thinking regardless of whether or not you run a blog.
- Creates relationships.
- NO. Blogging does not automatically create relationships, as my January-August posts show. Blogging gives you a chance to reciprocate. You have to hunt relationships down yourself.
- Builds confidence.
- The big problem with last time was no audience. No audience equals no motivation, and no motivation means no enjoyment or interest in blogging.
- STILL TRUE. Blogging is partly fun because you’re around people—so find people you think are awesome when you start to blog.
- Typically blogs revolve around one subject—writing, one’s family, and so on, and so forth. I’m not sure I can stick to one subject, which means I don’t know whether practicing in this way is valuable.
- *shrugs* I have no idea what I’m doing and I still have people following me. If you stay focused-ish on a narrow subject—for me it is writing, blogging, and reading—then you might survive.
- At the moment there is no real mission statement in mind, and I’m not really sure what success means in this instance.
- You and me both.
- Previously I’ve worked on two blogs. The first one, I did NOT have fun, and I haven’t quite isolated why, but I definitely enjoyed making my atomic history timeline immensely.
- It’s because the first time you were alone and didn’t know what you were doing whereas on the atomic history timeline our chem teacher was our audience and you knew EXACTLY what you were doing and you got complimented on it at Parent-Teacher Conferences. Boom.
- I don’t have all the time in the world. I know very well I’m in high school now, and that’s a rough life.
- If you care about blogging, you’ll make time for it. If you don’t then you won’t.
- Some have it rougher, but it’s still time consuming, which means that squeezing in blogging is something tough.
- PRIORITIES. I JUST SAID THAT. If you prioritize blogging, then you can squeeze out 1-4 blog posts every week, and any of those numbers can be perfect.
- I don’t have a specific angle, topic, or audience to interest readers, which means it’s unlikely I will attract a solid group of people.
- Well, we’re all working on that. It’s okay. If you start out with an idea you like and find other people who will like it, too, I think you’ll manage.
- I really have no purpose or goals in mind—I just want to practice writing, which seems like a nice way to set up for failure.
- Sorry, but practicing writing is a goal. You didn’t set up for failure there.
- It takes a lot of time and effort to get the ball rolling, and some of us are short on patience.
- You are only short on patience sometimes. And if the time and effort is worth it to you, then the rewards you get, no matter how small, are going to be worth it.
Going-on-two-years-blogging Heather has a lot more insights than newbie Heather did. And I think newbie Heather did have some important questions to ask, but at the moment… this Heather knows that she likes blogging, and that if you are interested in blogging, then the best way to answer your questions is to try it out!
Going-on-two-years-blogging Heather thinks it’s worth it, anyway.