I’ve been sitting on this for a couple of days, so that I could let it digest in my brain. I saw this article come across my Twitter stream the other day, and I’ve been thinking about it: A Manifesto for Blogging | Social Media Today.
I’ll admit, I am a spotty blogger. I’ll post furiously for a while, then fall silent for days or weeks, which is not a good way to retain readership. I really need to change that, despite what I have said here. At the very least, I need to be consistent about posts. this is especially important for my other blog at hurricanedad411.com. Since I started that one in order to be a voice of emergency preparedness, I’ve been really inconsistent. Bad blogger.
After reading the article mentioned above, I think that I mostly do OK with the guidelines that Chris Street uses. I welcome feedback. I’m not trying to sell something, especially in a manner of whoring for it, though I am willing to do reviews. I share what I learn, and do so freely. I hope that I encourage individual thought and inspire readers. I share resources that I think are helpful.
I’m not fearless, though. I censor myself, often a lot. Sometimes that’s because I am ashamed of the thoughts in my head. Sometimes it’s because I don’t want to cause discomfort with my friends or family. Sometimes it’s because I don’t think that what’s in my head is “significant enough” to put out there for the entire world to see.
And sometimes it’s because the thoughts in my head feel so fragile that they’re crumble under the weight of being put into words. I may act like I’m resilient, but I know the truth: I’m not very much.
Anyway, this manifesto is worth reading. I’ll be trying to put it into practice more often.