Indeed, blogging is not for the weak…it is for the strong people like you!
I have been thinking what to post next. Although I do have a lot of drafts sitting in my folder, I just can’t fathom in mind what to post next. And then when I look back at my previous post What is Blogging?, I realized that this post created so much engagement from my friends and readers.
That post suppose to be for a client but I think this client is just scared to post something here. Or maybe engage with me on public. I can understand that. When you’re not used to engaging in public, some people are just shy to express themselves.
NOTE: I have to find an interesting image for this post and this cartoon made me laugh!! 😀 So since I’m motivated to use Pinterest more for a social media, this image is perfect for this post. Sometimes it’s true. People sounds more interesting on the Internet vs. Real life.
But that is really not my topic is all about. I’ll save the Internet vs. Real Life post some other time. But I really think I can use this humor now. It made me laugh.
Some people are just private. Some people don’t mind sharing their thoughts and feelings. Some people are scared to share their thoughts and feelings. Which one are you?
I am still appalled at the thought when I try to help my sister on her resume on the Internet.
…and I’m still laughing at the scenario in Livejournal when my other sister said to me, “But that’s not really a real diary. A real diary is the one for your eyes only!”
That is how I started blogging. Through Livejournal.
I always have the niche for writing. I started writing poetry at the age of 14. Then I started a diary. I changed diaries so often. Some of them I have ripped apart. Some I have burned in the fire. Yeah. Afraid that someday some people might find it and laugh at me.
…and then in the beginning of 2000 Livejournal was introduced. I was fascinated. The thought of me just writing for myself and perhaps this is a way for a therapy might do me good turned into one great interaction amoung friends and readers. I met so many new people!
In courtesy of: The Historic Village at Allair
…then comes to a thought, “Wow! Everyone is reading me. Should I get scared?” What if someone use these words against me? Some of the bloggers in the past got persecuted from what they say in their blog. Some other countries are not open to express their own opinion.
Then we thought about trying to make money on our blog. Some people think this is a “get rich quick scheme” kind of thing. If this is so easy and then everyone will be doing it. But the truth of the matter is…blogging doesn’t take rocket science but also it’s not an instant money maker either.
In courtesy of: SFGate
Why do people blog?
Is it because we are in the era of modern information technology? Did you know the Internet started in the military? People want to share information and so they created this computer as a device to execute that type of communication. We all know Al Gore is behind all this. He is the computer geek.
So really…why do people blog? Some people blog to express themselves. Some people find it interesting to read other people’s opinions. Some people really love to interact with one another. As far as I’m concerned, the word “blogging” started way back even before the invention of computer.
If you just think about this, blogging is really about connection. Interaction. Communication. In California we have a Dear Ann Landers section in the newspaper. She is a columnist and they featured her in several newspapers. In that column, she has people writing back and forth to her.
They shared their problems or concern or story. Ann Landers gives these people advices and interacts with them while answering their question and concern. That is the old fashion way of communicating with someone. As of today, we are far more advance in our communication.
In my previous post here, I mentioned the difference of Journalism vs. Blogging. While Journalism is a formal form, Blogging is informal. Blogging is like a columnist in today’s world.
People blog because of that connection.
Somehow, we all want to connect. Don’t we? When I first started blogging my business I’ve gotten hundreds of comments a day. I thought, “Wow! People love me!” Little did I know it was all spam. I even answered some of them. After I realized what it was I felt like a donkey’s ass.
Spam is part of the blogosphere. Hackers are always trying to hack blogs. Intruders are always trying to crack passwords. There is nothing to fear when you have the knowledge. Knowledge is Power! You will learn all this as you go along. The more you do it the better you are!
Related article accross the web: Why do people use blogs?
Fear of Blogging
When I introduced blogging to my sister, she wasn’t as excited as I was. In fact, she was fearful of blogging. I also tried to spread the words towards other members of the family, and they too reacted the same way. Fear. Fear of blogging. Why are some people afraid to blog?
Isn’t that the reason behind blogging is to communicate? To share? To interact those around you who are so far away? Why is it that the easier it is to communicate the harder it is for others to accept? Are they still bound in that old fashion of thinking? What is it?
If you are aloof, sure you have a reason to fear.
Blogging is interacting with other people. If you have trouble getting along with people then blogging is not for you. You can lose that fear if you are ready to face the challenge.
It takes courage and an open mind. Our mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work when it’s close. You have to have an open mind in order for it to work.
Over to You
Blogging is not for the weak mind. It takes courage to be out there. It takes guts to express yourself. It takes effort to get along with others. I know blogging is not for everyone. But if you are a Writer, Journalist, Business Owner, Marketing Strategist…I think you should give blogging a try…