Blogging

Opinions can change over time. And since I often post opinions on my blog, I’ve added a feature to my blog theme that displays a warning message above posts that are over one year old (example). I have been blogging for some time now. There were times when blogging was my escape to deal with difficult times. Some things I may see a little bit differently after 4 years. After all, since then some years of life experience have been added.

Yes! A blog is not a commitment! If you want to tell something, just do it. Even if that’s just one thing. Another thing may come to your mind, but it’s no problem when that’s years later. Just start a blog.

I’ve seen people who said the reason they haven’t started a blog is because they know they’d abandon it and feel guilty. I’ve heard people dismiss the very idea of blogging, saying that it serves no purpose except to make bloggers feel guilty for not posting often enough. This is a shame, because it means there are people with thoughts they want to share with the world who aren’t sharing them!

There’s no need to feel guilty about blogging infrequently, so if you’ve got something to say, don’t let that stop you!

I have no schedule for my blog too. On some days I publish multiple posts, links or thoughts. And then there are weeks without a single noise. I publish, when I want to share something, but not when it’s time to do so.

I wrote something similar about Medium back in July to what Ben Werdmüller writes now. Medium isn’t doing something bad, it’s just that they changed directions over the last years. From being a platform, where anyone can write anything and anyone can read anything for free, it’s now something like a paid magazine anyone can contribute too (and earn some money from it).

What Medium isn’t is a generic blogging or publishing platform. It’s narrowed its focus into being more like a magazine that everyone can contribute to (and I’m told that more changes are coming in the New Year). In doing so, it inevitably loses some of its early users - and it adds features like a paywall that may drive some casual readers away.

And that’s actually a good thing:

But in building a magazine that anyone can contribute to, Medium has opened the door to a more diverse community of writers sharing their lived experiences and getting paid for it as part of a business model that promotes value over blind engagement and doesn’t need to profile you all over the web.

People, who used Medium as the generic blogging platform, now experience why provider lock-in should be avoided. If you want to blog (and don’t want to generate some income from it), start a blog with your own domain and the possibility to move platforms. I learned my things: There’s a Medium archive on my blog with articles I originally published on Medium.

I’m currently still in a year-subscription for the Membership until March 2020, but I’m not sure I want to extend the Membership after that. It’s just that I find those stories on Medium not interesting enough to spend 5€ per month or 50€ per year on it.

What I really wish Medium to fix though, are those banners (Membership ads and cookies). Please make them a bit less annoying.

It’s not 2020 yet, but Ben Werdmüller shares great advice of how to blog in 2020. It’s a great article for everyone thinking about starting a blog. He tells which platform to use and how to get into writing.

Here’s what [Blogging is] not: professional article writing. If you want to go through multiple rounds of editing, please do. If you want to write two thousand word epics about your topic of choice, please do. But it’s also okay to write up a hundred quick words and post them without thinking twice about it.

I personally love blogging, because it’s the best way (for me) to share all kind of thoughts: learnings, cool stuff I found, questions I think about, … Sometimes it’s even a kind of public journal.

Manton Reece, the creator of micro.blog, writes about his blogging workflow. He uses many different ways to post to his blog depending on what he wants to publish.

One of the things I’m most proud of with Micro.blog is that the API supports standards so you can use a variety of different apps for posting. There are so many different types of blogs out there, there shouldn’t just be one way to post.

Micro.blog is a nice service. I would probably use it, if I would start blogging only now. The only thing I find a bit sad, is that most micro.blog and Micropub publishing clients are made for iOS or macOS, but not Android, Linux or even Windows.

How I blog myself:

Yesterday I found this article by Garrett Dimon about “Quitting Analytics”. What over a decade of number-crunching analytics has taught me is that spending an hour writing, sharing, or helping someone is infinitely more valuable than spending that hour swimming through numbers. Moreover, trying to juice the numbers almost invariably divorces you from thinking about customers and understanding people. I think better don’t let yourself get influenced by numbers when it isn’t absolutely necessary.

According to this article by John Naughton on The Guardian, the first serious blog, Dave Winer’s blog Scripting News1, was born 25 years ago.

I want to highlight two things from this article (but you should read the whole article, everything not highlighted is interesting too):

1. Blogging doesn’t need monetization. Although I didn’t sell a company to Symantec, like Dave Winer did, I blog without showing ads on my site. I’m blogging to share my voice:

And despite its wide readership, it has never run ads. This may be partly because Dave doesn’t need the money […] but it’s mainly because he didn’t want to compete for the attention of his readers.

2. It’s nice that the Guardian recommends using RSS readers:

The blogosphere continues to be one of our greatest information resources. So why not log off social media, get yourself an RSS reader and wise up?


  1. I never heard of his blog before, to be honest. And the shaky train, I sit in, and the bad WiFi in this train don’t allow me inspect it further at the moment. It also seems to load somewhat slow and doesn’t have https. 🤔 ↩︎

Jan-Lukas Else
20 years old student who writes about everything he cares about.