Why Bother To Blog?

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There are as many reasons that people blog as there are blogs. It has been said that the golden age for it has passed. What more can possibly be said? Why even bother to craft a post and promote?

Because a blog gives us a voice.
Even as new forms of social media emerge, the blog still stands. As our attention spans shorten to microseconds, we still crave more than what a tweet can give us. It is a place to tell story, our story.

Blogging forces a writer to write
Blogging means scheduling posts (usually). This means one must sit down and write these posts. It gives the writer a goal to meet. A self imposed deadline. The more we write, the better we get at doing it. By publishing a blog, you are creating an expectation for more posts, delivered in a timely manner.

But EVERYTHING seems to be covered
This is not necessarily a bad thing. Reading blogs helps you to see what your blog could be about. Just as with poorly written books, one can learn from a poorly executed blog. And as well as a well executed one. Discovering what you can do better for a topic is invaluable. Again your voice matters.
However, I would reccomend finding a focus for your blog. What do you see lacking or want to see covered differently?

But still, why bother to blog?
For some its simply another avenue to promote their online presence or business. Lets face business and social media are together for a reason. It is where the audience is these days.

Yes, some are more well known or even famous. But it took them years to build up their audience. What matters most is being genuine. Adding to a conversation or being relational. Blogging is not just about page views or monetizing your corner of the internet. It is about having the the guts to publicly say something.

This is why I believe blogging is here to stay. There will always be people who have something honest and genuine to say. That will always win out over the latest social media app or website. It is why I continue on with blogging. Why my best friend is working on my website.
Perhaps one day I will have said all I needed to say and the blog will no longer be in existence. Perhaps not.
Until then, I will continue to post.

What are your thoughts on blogging?

The Stories We Tell

The first week of the month I like to discuss story. What it is, how story has evolved and changed over time. You can read the first post on this here. Today I want to talk about our stories and how we are telling it today. Namely through social media.

We are all story tellers. More so these days than ever before. With the prevalence of social media, it has become our new reality. Instead of stacks of letters and documents, future generations will sift through our posts.

It is through these posts that they will piece together the story of our lives. This occurred to me as I thought about the purpose of social media. Of course one aspect is to connect with people. To seek information as well.

But what about the legacy these postings will have for future generations.

What is the story that they will find about us? The version of our lives that we present is often sanitized or an edited version. It is how they will discover how we lived. Will we be judged because of one or two random posts? Photos, pithy (at least we hope) comments will paint a fragmented picture.

Time will tell what kind of picture this will paint. What will all our sharing, posts and present to them. Perhaps it is something to consider.

What is the story of ourselves, our lives that we hope to leave behind? Which fragments of our lives will form this picture?