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Evolution of Blogging

Let’s face it — in the past 12 years or so, the idea of blogging has been bastardized by one and all. We continue to confuse blogging as using “WordPress” or using phrases like “told me” or “I asked.” It is news releases repackaged and republished, and it is a vast sea of editorial sameness. What started as a way to break away from the tyranny of the established order — formats and rules — has been brought to its knees. Blogging is much more than that. #via

I thought Om had some great thoughts on the subject of blogging. It’s been interesting to watch blogging grow although I’ve only been part of the “blogosphere” for a short time. We’ve morphed from a time when writing and blogging were restricted to the few to now, where literally anyone and everyone has a blog or website of some sort. Anyone that doesn’t have a blog likely still posts small insights into their life on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Are these outlets necessarily bad? I don’t think so. Obviously, to each their own. I’ve shared my thoughts on the idea of condensing your sharing outlets before when I decided to drop Facebook and primarily share things either here or on Twitter.

Since I’ve been posting and maintaining my own piece of land on the internet, my own vision of and purpose for blogging have changed quite dramatically. In the past, my entire focus was on driving traffic, attracting readers, building an email list, and (eventually) selling them something. I looked at blogging as primarily a means of generating revenue.

Fast-forward to today, my primary purpose is just to share things that I find interesting. Those “things” range from technology to fitness to lifestyle design, and honestly, I’m not concerned with locking down a central theme. Obviously, some readers likely don’t appreciate the fact that my topics can jump all over the place, but I’m okay with that. As Om describes, a blog is “a central location where you fit together all the Lego pieces.” I couldn’t agree more, and I enjoy putting the lego pieces together for everyone to see.

If anything, I hope more people adopt the art of blogging and begin to share more on their own personal blogs. There’s something empowering about posting to your own little corner of the internet. 

If you’re interested in getting started, might I suggest WordPress?

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  1. Interesting read! I am kind of a newby myself and I always wonder if I should really care that much about stats and driving traffic? I find it quite a headache actually and keeps me off track from writing about the things I am passionate about, but it’s part of the game as they say, I guess!

    I’ve opened a topic on Pngine about how social media is changing the blogosphere today. I wanted to know what other bloggers’ thought about it. It would be great if you can share your opinion.

    http://www.pngine.com/topic/42/Blogging-In-A-Status-Box

      • I loved his article! It’s true it does differ according to the type of blog, I started my blog to research about a new design approach called design for behavior change, I wanted to start up conversations about things I observe as a designer, but when I starting closely monitoring my stats, I changed the way I write so that certain people would read my posts, for example I don’t write long posts anymore. But I am not very pleased with the type of audience I am attracting right now, it doesn’t start the aim of the blog to begin with. So I’ll be focusing on what matt said ‘blog just for two people’

        Thanks for sharing!

        how do I follow your blog btw?