So I’ve blogged leisurely across the years, starting from about 2004 when I first opened a LiveJournal account. At the time, that was the heyday of social media. I created art, wrote tutorials, provided fandom-y resources and chatted about events of the day . . . but, I admit not with much consistency. I blogged only as impulse struck me to share something new with the world, not on any kind of schedule.
Now I find implementing a disciplined schedule to be a daunting task. Especially since my thought-topic-blogging process is eclectic as my previous habits go to prove. My stream of consciousness jumps around, rarely in a fashion others can follow, so I fear my blog topics will equally vary and I may digress a lot.
It also doesn’t come naturally to share everything I do en masse despite that being the trend and true, I can see the educational value where are lot of people are able to find the same information on a public blog– but its always much easier to me to share one-on-one.
I believe this is because it’s a bonding experience for me when I share the projects I’m working on. I like doing it one-on-one because it makes me feel closer to whoever it is I’m telling my story to. It’s personal as all my creativity feels personal. It’s what makes me the person I am and it’s tied to my very identity.
Therefore, sharing my creativity with total strangers via a blog just doesn’t feel as natural to me as picking up the phone or sending an excited, picture-filled email to a friend. It’s a new habit I’m working to develop in every sense of the word. But I think it’s important that I do start blogging my work consistently.
Here are my thoughts.
- No one else has my unique blend of talent, experience and perspective.There’s a plethora of ideas and experiences on the internet but mine are my own. Even if I’m creating something that many other people have done before, it’s still going to be unique to me. My process and experiences are going to be different, and so will the end result.
- The online community gave me a valuable education and giving back is a big part of that.Man, I learned a lot from LiveJournal in its heyday (and a few other artsy-type communities like it). Great resources and strong tutorials made me the digital artist I am today, gave me a penchant for affordable DIY and helped me avoid mistakes the first time around by learning from where others tried and failed, blazing their trail before me.
Now its my turn to share my learning experiences, trials and errors so others can learn from me. It’s important for me to give back to the online community because of all the online communities that educated me.
- It fosters community and encourages newcomers.Shared stories make the community stronger. Failures and mistakes recounted help others be aware of the pitfalls before they repeat the mistakes and success stories help others realize they can do it too. Encouragement from the older and wiser to the fresh and young makes all the difference and leaves a legacy for future generations.
- It develops disciplined writing habits and stronger writing from me.Writing inspires other writing, and it never hurts to get a second ( . . . and third, and fourth . . .)opinion/experience/similar “crash ‘n’ burn” funny story from the comments section either! 😊
Sound off! Do you have a blog or enjoy blogging? What’s your blog about? Any tips or tricks on how you motivate yourself to stay consistent with your posting?
Love to hear from you guys in the comments!