Over the last 11 months or so, I’ve pulled back a lot from using social networks. I’m not one of those who believes it’s inherently bad (or inherent good, for that matter) but there’s been enough reading and thinking about the matter that’s motivated me to want to get back to writing regularly on a place that’s my own.
The thing is, I’ve got a place where I’ve been writing for over a decade at this point. It’s very niche and doesn’t allow much outside of a very narrow topic.
In other words, it doesn’t make sense to share whatever it is I want to share in the moment.
But a place like this? It provides a place for me to consistently write and reference for others when it comes to something I may have shared:
- Oh, if you’re interested in an app then go to [this page].
- If you want to see a cool video about [this thing] then go to my site and look up [this title].
- I’ve posted a link to that particular song [in this category]; maybe you can check it out there.
Much easier than trying to find a place to dig up a tweet or a status update, isn’t it? And that’s what I think I’m going to do with content here: Share anything about whatever it is I want if for no other reason than for myself and the three of you who are reading this. 🙂
Its Own Site
I can’t say this whole thing didn’t have it’s own catalyst, though.
When I stumbled across GetBlogging.org I couldn’t help but remember I had an unused domain and an unused hosting account. Pair that with the desire to write about anything and everything and I ended up throwing this together.
Remember that your blog is yours! Your posts can contain exactly what you want them to: a sentence of text or a novel-length essay; photos and videos; audio; links and bookmarks. What you want to share is entirely up to you
Here’s the thing I love about Get Blogging: It motivates the reader to share what they want to share that’s unique to them in a way that keeps the information as close to them as possible (that is, without belonging to a walled garden such as one of the major social networks).
Even better, though, doing so allows you to syndicate it across those other networks. Start with your own place and push outward rather than cross-post from one walled garden to the next.
The Best Part
Finally, it’s be lame for me to leave what’s arguably the best part: Doing this reminds me a bit of what it was like to be a kid when I was just learning to use the Internet and was building static pages, updating the content, and pushing them live.
That’s obviously more of the nostalgic take and not something for everyone. But it carried enough weight for me to want to get back into the fun stuff.
Not everything we share has to be motivated by something other than the fact that we want to share it.