If I had to make a list of my 5 favorite blogs, Weekly Musings by Scott Nesbitt would be included. Issue 72 is about blogging:
Blogging should be as easy as composing and sending an email. It can be that easy.. Actually, it is. In the end, how complex blogging gets doesn’t depend on the technology you use. It depends on you. You can choose to make blogging easy. You can choose to make it difficult.
I haven’t been blogging as long as you, Kev, but almost 10 years ago, right at the beginning of secondary school, I had my first experience with websites. 2 or 3 years later I started blogging. In 2017 I have written about my blogging history until then (in German in the third person). I think it will be time soon to write about my blogging history again.
Desmond Rivet wrote in a new blog article (in which he picked up my article) why he writes on a blog. Writing helps him to think:
The fact of the matter is that I just enjoy the process of writing. Moving words around a blank page like so many Lego bricks is fun. Skill and readership have very little to do with it. I write to clarify my thoughts. I write to try see if any of my beliefs contradict each other.
100 Days To Offload, an initiative started by Kev Quirk, is a nice idea to get people blogging.
It’s not about writing 1000 words each day for 100 days, there are no limits on the length or shortness of the posts. It’s about getting into the habit of blogging and publishing on your personal blog. And once you have made it for 100 days, then it should be easy to stay with it.
Yesterday, I asked the Hacker News community why they don’t have blogs, even though they have the necessary technical skills.
Many Hacker News readers and contributors have the technical skills to run their own blog and post their opinions. But instead they prefer to use Twitter or other social networks. Why is this so? Is it the effort?
I want to respond to some of the answers in this post:
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.
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 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.
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.