The Guardian discussed whether blogging was going out of fashion this week. What a horrid thought that already I’m wearing the flares of technology. And just as I was getting the hang of it. It seems that many people who start a blog never keep it up and those that do get distracted with the ever growing forms of networking via the internet. Facebook and Twitter seem to be the key culprits.
I’ve tried to keep more than one blog on the go. In one instance, the technology confounded me. It locked me out and a writing project with some friends never made it off the ground. I also tried keeping a blog for professional development – a way of me having to keep up to date by reporting on what I’d learned. Time and motivation confounded me on that one even when the technology was a success. I simply didn’t choose to use what time I had available on keeping a professional development experiment going.
So I guess that puts me in what the Guardian called the long tail of blogging.
After those trials and errors, I’m happy to stick with blogging here at Domestic Executive. I’ve got a Facebook Page and signed up for Twitter but I find the whole thing exhausting as I don’t entirely understand how they would work for me. Facebook is a great way of connecting with people you may have lost touch with but as for twitter what I could tweet about that would be of the remotest interest to anyone else. Having said that, there are some people I know who don’t find what I write on my blog of remotest interest to them either.
As with all things in life you’ll not please anyone all of the time so best that you just please yourself. And your husband. And your parents. And your closest friends and relatives. And your bassets. And after that people can take it or leave it which of course they do.
I started this blog as a way of keeping in touch with family and friends. I know that people who read my blog aren’t the originally intended audience but fellow bloggers or blog addicts who like to read about other people’s interests and lives. I’ve made some new online friends through a common interest in blogging. We read each others blogs and share our views on what they say.
There are blogs out there on any imaginable subject. So if you’re looking for a recipe, knitting pattern, solution to some problem. You can almost be guaranteed that someone out there is writing about it on the blog. And what’s so marvelous is that you can access it from the comfort of your own home. For me blogging is just starting as a true communications art – now the technology is easier to understand and use – real experts, people who know stuff, are willingly sharing what they know and can do. And it’s free. That’s true community spirit.
Whilst there still is community spirit there’ll be blogging. As long as the attention span of humans isn’t eroded too far through things like Facebook and Twitter that we fail to be able to hold a conversation that is longer than a few hundred characters!
Here’s my blogging tip of the day.
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