Why maintain a blog?

Why maintain a blog?

Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers. – Brian Clark, www.copyblogger.com

After writing on the internet for more than three years now (had to check my archives to be sure), I am still hesitant to call my website a weblog. I shy away from being called a blogger. As a former journalist, I don’t find it very professional to be called a blogger. I don’t even know where the word “blog” came from. I don’t call my posts “posts”, I call them “articles”.

I started writing on the internet with my previous social network, used blogger and immediately moved to wordpress as soon as I realized the benefits of it. I decided on maintaining a blog when I moved to the Netherlands and started writing really long letters to family and friends, updating them about my life here. Sometimes I would write many different letters just to update them, because of course, a letter to my mom would be differently addressed compared to a letter to a friend. I was also sending many pictures as attachments to letters and sometimes, that does not work smoothly or a lot of work. So I decided to share my changing life on the internet.

With a website, I thought, I can post all the pictures that I want and write whatever I want, even if it is not related to moving to the Netherlands. I admired people who can provide content to their blogs everyday. I admired them more if they were able to provide dynamic content everyday. Ideas keep me awake at night. Writing provides the channel to purge those ideas. Family and friends will read my articles if they are interested enough. Perfect arrangement.

However, I was not able to write everyday. Maybe because part of me is hesitant to open my life to the internet. I don’t want to be just another digital journal. This is my 201st article but there are 200 more in my draft folder. There are still many events waiting to be written about, many ideas waiting to be fought for.

To rekindle my love for writing and my passion in sharing my ideas to the universe (yes, that’s my word for the year, “share”), I recently subscribed to the most popular blogs in the blogging community which are: Copyblogger, ProBlogger, Daily Blog Tips, The Blog Herald and Lorelle on WordPress.

I was sure I will learn a thing or two from these and I was not wrong. Reading the article of Jon Morrow in Copyblogger titled, “On Dying, Mothers and Fighting for Your Ideas”, I was reminded why I started to write for the internet anyway or blog. That is, to share my ideas, to fight for my ideas, to breathe life in them.

And so I will continue to write. To blog. To learn about how to promote my ideas in cyberspace as I read new content in my RSS reader. Everyday. And maybe it will help if I admit that yes, I am a blogger. #

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4 Comments

  1. Hi blogger! I do enjoy your webblogs. It’s dynamic & really alive. It’s like a tangible energy.
    I must admit, I myself is a bit of a frustrated writer. My greatest hobby in high school was writing & being a member/editor of our high school paper. I did not pursue it for some reason. I still write & keep it to myself. My husband, (guess what?) is a security freak – certainly about the internet. I can hardly post pictures or a personal story, naturally the other half of it is him. We get into a discussion about it.
    I still believe that the pen is mightier than the sword. For me, words that are so cruel (almost)can’t be forgotten compared to a college sorority initiation.
    So I’d like to see more of your ideas go into the air/webspace. Filipinos have so much in them & I’d like that to be visible. Why? Because weather we like it or not or realize it or not, we do influence each other. I think you have a strong personality that reminds me of a modern Filipina. I am an idealist that would like to search & spread all the good news.
    Oh ja, they said that sex or bad miscerable accidents sells the most. Then I say, it’s about time to sell the good news & make it big! Cheers to writing or webblogging! Cheers to a beter world!

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  2. Hi blogger! I do enjoy your webblogs. It’s dynamic & really alive. It’s like a tangible energy.
    I must admit, I myself is a bit of a frustrated writer. My greatest hobby in high school was writing & being a member/editor of our high school paper. I did not pursue it for some reason. I still write & keep it to myself. My husband, (guess what?) is a security freak – certainly about the internet. I can hardly post pictures or a personal story, naturally the other half of it is him. We get into a discussion about it.
    I still believe that the pen is mightier than the sword. For me, words that are so cruel (almost)can’t be forgotten compared to a college sorority initiation.
    So I’d like to see more of your ideas go into the air/webspace. Filipinos have so much in them & I’d like that to be visible. Why? Because weather we like it or not or realize it or not, we do influence each other. I think you have a strong personality that reminds me of a modern Filipina. I am an idealist that would like to search & spread all the good news.
    Oh ja, they said that sex or bad miscerable accidents sells the most. Then I say, it’s about time to sell the good news & make it big! Cheers to writing or webblogging! Cheers to a beter world!

    Reply
  3. Hi Karen,
    Thanks! It’s people like you who and comments like yours that make me keep writing. That was a very nice comment you left. I hope I can make you keep reading. ;p Stay around and see you around! :D

    Reply
  4. Hi Karen,
    Thanks! It’s people like you who and comments like yours that make me keep writing. That was a very nice comment you left. I hope I can make you keep reading. ;p Stay around and see you around! :D

    Reply

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