How Not to Blog

A post came through the RSS feeds this evening cautioning would-be writers against blogging. The fellow’s (blog) post was long. It was formulaic. It even started with one of those “5 Reasons…”-type titles. It was everything any other blogger would tell you, I suppose, starting with “No one reads blogs anymore,” “Blogs are for established brands selling things,” “Go use Twitter,” and so forth. And maybe he’s right: I probably would never have seen his blog if I hadn’t imported someone else’s blogroll lock, stock, and barrel.

I once managed to earn a waiver on some university writing class requirements by sitting alone for an essay exam. The topic was announced once I took my seat, the style of writing was to be argument or persuasion, and the one instruction was to include my choice for my intended audience.

I know my audience — it’s just me. There may be stuff in there for my family — stuff that might give my kids some insight years from now. There may be some words for friends. There’s undoubtedly material that will only resonate with the few if any who’ve shared similar experiences. Even then, I write for me.

So, I’ve succeeded then: I’m not a blogger 🙂

By Joe

Puzzle Wrestler & Mountain Herder. Math & Computer Nerd since the 80s. Longtime linux (current debian, ubuntu, raspian, centos, gentoo), currently fighting feebsd. Over-complicates networks for fun, occasionally secures them for profit. Develops own tools & services (cli, web services, and lately some android). Degrees in Math, Belts in Aikido. Zen, Motorcycle, Ham Radio, Homebrew (Ale, not Radio), Coffee & Tea, some Mandolin & Fiddle, MDA Advocacy (son with Duchenne), …

4 comments

  1. @JoeA blog talking about why you shouldnt blog reminds me of Poison. Do you remember Poison? The band from the 80s. When I saw them, I knew big hair metal had reached its peak and was about to end. Nirvana appeared shortly after that. IMO his thinking is peak Web 2.0.I think blogging might stay around a while longer.

    1. I like your thinking here, Aaron ~ and yes, I remember them but never saw them. I’m sure I had at least one album on cassette though 🙂 Extending your analogy, I think this may be more like U2. There was a definitive quality from the earlier years, like in the album “War.” When “Achtung Baby” came out with songs like “Mysterious Ways,” one might ask if it was still U2 at all.

      [Thanks for the first interaction from the fediverse, BTW! Very cool what people are doing to make all of that possible.]

  2. @Joe I blog to journal, even ifi write "towards" an audience.But its mostly for me. It's a record of what I've done, and putting things into words makes it clearer in my head

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