Intent of Blogging


#1

Folks here,

Just don’t get me wrong but I’m quite intent on knowing the need to create a blog for every person. Yeah, I accept Web is free… but what’s the point in writing your own blog when hardly anyone visits it ? I don’t think equanimity should be followed here. You hardly get noticed for the work you do…You spend ages trying to sort out stuff and make a meaningful post only to find single digit blog visits staring at you at the end of the day (even the month…!!). You remove procrastination out of your system and start thinking only to find you are averse to it.

I have always avoided thinking and talking about this, because, the results of my previous thoughts in this ambit, invariably, has ended in an impasse and has given an impression that blogging is a wild goose chase. I’m not against this system of blogging, it’s that I too have been a casualty in this system.

It’s not that more bloggers are required, but organisation of content and getting noticed for your real stuff is important. This might not be the right time to rise up this topic, but things change only when people demand for it and I hope the time has come when action is needed, not for the reason of activity, rather, productivity.

I think better regulation and organisation of blog posts will redeem the results it is expected to. And of course, my outburst isn’t on Mozilla and stuff, but on a greater expanse. It’s about getting recognized for your original work and I personally think a single blog (with sort and filter) can serve a larger purpose than infinitely many blogs droning on the same stuff. It’s not that I require pacification or acceptance, rather to make sure causalities of real talents are reduced in this hypocritical system. It’s about confronting the (harsh) reality.


#2

I think there’s a lot of wisdom here, especially about having aggregated and curated places for opinions and ideas.

The one aspect of blogging I think you missed, which I’ve personally found useful, is the value it brings to me to write a blog. Now I’m not a prolific blogger, but whenever I take the time to articulate my ideas to a broader audience it brings me three benefits:

  1. My thoughts are forced to be better organized, which leads me to understanding better where I stand and what I think, where I’m certain and where I’m not, and what questions I have remaining. This is invaluable for my role as an advocate.

  2. I learn a lot. Because I know what I’m writing is public and I want it to be good, I spend a fair amount of time reading, deep linking, and overall getting my head around the subject I’m blogging about.

  3. My writing gets better. This one is simple: practice makes better, and getting my ideas out in writing is a pretty core skill.

Of course, I could achieve all of the above through means other than blogging, but I do find it a helpful forcing function when I have the discipline to follow-through.