When I started on the blog scene I saw it as a way to get my thoughts out there. A way to allow people to read topics from my perspective. Something that could easily be done in the comment box on any website. But with a comment on a website, your opinion dies when the article is no longer new or up to date. When you write a blog post, it’s subject to discovery. Whether that be through a Google search, an old tweet, a website search or from a new follower. I’ve blogged on an off for almost 2 years now and I still really enjoy it but a few things have changed.
1. Growing up
The year I started blogging was before I went to university and well before I had any idea of what the world was actually about. I lived in a small town all my life and didn’t see much outside of Wales other than when I was being ultra-tourist in random cities around the globe and taking relaxing holidays in beach destinations.
It is only since going to university that I’ve realised that what you say reflects on you absolutely massively and you will be judged a lot more on what you say than what you may actually think your about. The world doesn’t just keep it’s opinions to itself either, it talks so what you say to others may effect others opinions of you as well.
So where as I say I have grown up and want to make sure I don’t want to say things that reflect on me badly online, I still want to get my opinion across because to me a person without opinions is a person without personality. Some bloggers thrive off controversial posts and extremely political debates and that’s not something I want to get into. I remember googling my User name at some point and seeing posts on forums from when I was very young and the way they were wrote in terms of wording and grammar were simply vile. My naivety and ignorance as a young adopter of the internet was not something I wanted to represent me as an adult.
2. Blog what you know
I tend to blog thoughts, opinions and happenings of my own and I tend only to do it any areas I’d like to think I know about. Mainly my personal experiences and interests. For example many of the posts on here are my opinions of future technologies and potential for large company products such as Windows 8 or new Apple products. I make it clear that what I’m saying on posts about these things is my opinion and it’s open for discussion. I enjoy the things I blog about and write about them from my point of view. In most cases I have some sort of experience with what I’m writing about, if this has not been the case in the past, I apologise.
3. Copy-Cat Blogging
There are countless blogs out there that pull thousands of visitors of posting short, pointless articles that are absolutely worthless. I’m all for sharing things you’ve seen on the web that you enjoy but directly copying posts from other blogs, showing no source or credit to the original posters is pathetic. You’ve got Twitter to post things you like in short messages, Facebook to post your photos/life events/plans etc and if you must post tiny pointless articles you’ve got Tumblr, a less formal blogging service.
I’m primarily blogging about my life and Tech, one of which I couldn’t copy from anywhere, the other absolutely loads. I see to may blogs that have just posted a new ‘article’ straight after Gizmodo or Engadget publish anything. I take time on my thoughts about certain things and I’m not here to update people on every little change in Android or each and every phone that’s coming out in the next month. No, I’ll talk about things as a whole. I’ll review Windows 8 when I have it, I’ll talk about my experience with devices and software I use, I can’t just blog about things the other tech bloggers do because I don’t have the resources, funding or time.
I’m actually likely to pick blogging up a bit more now. Moving away will be a completely new world and documenting it online is something I’m interested in massively. Let’s see what happens.