I know, 2 whole blog posts in 1 week, i'm going nuts! Actually i'm trying to ramp up my blogging frequency, so keep an eye out for a few more tech in 5 min and other sheeeet.
If you would have asked me a little more than a year ago if i'd have a (psudo) active blogging habit, I would have laughed it off as something I "Should" do and dropped it. So I still find it a little hard to believe that i've been at this for as long as I have.
Now, while most bloggers seem to make a post in this vein targeted at non-bloggers. I'm not going to. if you don't want to blog, don't. Honestally, I'm not trying to convince anyone of anything and i'm narciscistic enough that I can truly say, I could give a shit less. It's your decision to make and I fully support anyone taking on the daunting task of blogging, I also support everyone else who doesn't.
When considering starting a blog, I had the same excuses as everyone else:
I failed English in H.S., there is no way I could carry on with some kind of constant writing that was open to public scrutiny.
- I don't have time.
- Does the saying "It's better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt" mean anything to you?
And the most pervasive argument people make to get out of blogging
4. What do I have to say that has'nt already been said before? most likely in a better way than I could ever pen!
Bearing all that in mind, I finally succumbed to my buddy Josh Holmes pressure to start a blog. It's been an interesting trip, and I'd like to take a moment to share with you all what i've learned along the way.
1.) Whatever you write on your blog is inxoriabally tied to you and your name on the internet AND the real world.
Boy, was this a hard lesson learned. Like many other people, I've grown accustomed to the annomity provided by the internet. Like schisophrinic wearing a straight jacket looking for a bathroom, I've bumbled across the web acting and speaking in ways that just are not appropriate in polite company. Which is fine, if your assuming annoyminity. But with a blog, especially a trade blog, you are not anyonomous, not even if you use a pen name. Someone will know who you are and let others know and then BAM, your Real Life name is tied to your writings. Point in case: the lambda expressions tech in 5 min offended a buddy of mine. This buddy exists in Real Life. We drink beers together, talk shit and hangout. So to find out that he was pissed at my real life persona because of something that my internet one did...that was quite a shock.
2.) People are interested in what I have to say, even if they've read about the topic 20 times already.
The one thing I've found through blogging is that, people like options. Like, what kind of car to drive, where to buy their hamburger, or where they go to drink. That urge to have "Options" tend's people to look around. Just because Jay says Vista Sucks for this reason and that, someone else may say it sucks for other reasons. Every blog post (except the ripped off from the authors site) is a unique perspective on the world around the author. So, yeah, someone out there is going to talk about WPF, but is it you?
3.) I've never learned so much about technology so fast.
There has never been a truer statement. When writing my blog, especially the tech in 5 min, i'm forced to double check my assumptions and do a little research before I post to my blog. You don't want to post mis-information, and you don't want to appear a hack, so you have to study. Also, you have to stay on top of technology if thats your blogs focus, you don't want to become stale.
4.) Having a blog gives you geek cred.
Having a blog is a highly interactive deal. It may not seem like it, but the next time your at a launch or usergroup and you mention your blog, bam, someone's going to check it out, and possibally comment. And, since your in print (sorta) you gain crediability. Not only for the content of your blog, but for having the huavos to put your name out there and voice your opinion.
So, i'm not going to say, "Get out there and blog" or something crazy like that, but what I will say is that if your making excuses to not blog, then your only letting yourself down. Blogging is strangly addicitve, a great way to network with people, a fantastic way to show people what you have to offer, an excellent opprtunity to enhance your communication skills and overall, gives you a voice on the internet.