What blogging has done for me

 We read much about the benefits of blogging – In particular from those organisations who claim to have become genuinely “social” – so having been Posterously blogging for almost a year and now invested in my own domain, I decided to consider what it had done for me personally. I concluded that blogging had:

  • Reminded me of stories from my past, and enabled me to give them the appropriate – and sometimes new – meaning – and the ability and means to share them
  • Increased my alertness – I am more thoughtful and reflective, always considering the angle, and very often able to visualise an alternative perspective on events or opinions (whcih can also be something of a torment)
  • Made me a better writer – blog readers are often busy, with a necessarily short attention span – I have had to consider how to capture the imagination quickly and succinctly, and to convey the point for a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds – this has helped me in my job too, as a “one-pager” is often all that is required or needed to make a case
  • Made me better at my job – as I am more considering of the issues I face and alternative ways to handle them, and am more self-aware and likely to apply those alternatives – I am also a little more inclined to stop and think and go windmilling in
  • Made me far more open to the views and perspectives of others
  • Decreased my trust in traditional media and academia, as blogs are generally written by intelligent professionals with work and life experiences rarely shared by either community
  • Provided a form of pressure valve – views I once bottled up and held to myself now have a platform (and I can at least imagine that they are being read….)
  • Enabled feedback – rarely experienced, when you hold a view that is not aired – which has helped to shape and modify my position on a number of issues – there is nothing quite like an RT for your blog and a positive comment, but sometimes a critical comment can be just as telling and helpful
  • Complemented my online social life and profile, effectively partnering with Twitter to further forge a three-dimensional identity

I commend it to the house……

 

4 thoughts on “What blogging has done for me

  1. I’d like to pick up on the point about distrust of traditional media and academia. I too find now that I will trust the opinion of a blog writer over what I read in the news, and increasingly this has meant that I find it very difficult to find a paper or media that I enjoy reading as much. You can find a blog on all manners of topics, and not unlike journalism, they all have their bents. But as you quite rightly point out, they rarely share the space of experience, practicalities and personal opinion. And that’s (to me) what makes a compelling read. Reporting of a fact is fine, but unless I hear an opinion to go with it, why would I pay it any more attention than a billboard?

  2. Hi Neil, great post. You are not alone! These are very valid points. Picking up on Sukh’s comment about traditional media – blogs are now the fastest growing trusted resource that customers turn to when looking for advice on products and services – its a no brainer really. Look forward to reading more!

  3. Neil a very succinct rationale for others to appreciate – hopefully your efforts to evangalise blogging to the rest of our world will yield positive results. Its a shame for the majority to remain silent and blogshy
    Chris Kane

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