I’m siting here this morning about to head to the airport on a business trip and I’m thinking about this blog. For the first four years, it was my outlet, my online journal of thoughts. Sure, I had some posts that were full of research and took many hours to write, but many were just posts of what was in my head in the moment. After a few years, I actually became a professional writer, paid to come up with intriguing, researched articles. I’m thinking this has harmed my blog.
How so? Well, one of the most valuable aspects of blogging (and reading blogs) for me is the free-flow of thoughts. Now, as I’m used to editors who look for specific learning points, referenced materials, or the “proper” process of having a thesis and then giving examples to either prove or disprove it, it has changed what I post. I find that many posts I write sit in my drafts for months, even years. I am hesitant to share because they are not always fully thought out ideas.
The harm in that is that when I used to post them, it would spark comments and collaboration from all the readers. We became a writing team of sorts. We were in this together. We learned from each other. Well, going forward I am going to do my best to go back to the way things were. I will continue writing professionally for clients, but on this blog, I will also add in some posts that are more random and that will hopefully spark your interest to join in a conversation.
What do you think? What do blogs mean to you and do you think they should always point out a fully formed thought?
From the guy who has posted on an HR Tech blog a detailed breakdown of why Tom Cruise is a better all-time actor than Tom Hanks, I vote for publishing on your personal blog whatever it is that moves you that day. The best blogs are the ones that connect with readers, and usually, the best and most meaningful connections are personal ones. Finally, the very best aspect of a personal blog – there is no editor!
Thanks Steve. I needed that reminder. I’m going back to just being me and if it means something fun, so be it!