Here, in this blog post: 28th May 2019 — Daniel Benneworth-Gray.
It was charming to read about blogs in 2006. They were such a force for a time.
P.S. I think it’s a shame blogs have such a unique and unattractive name. Online journal is a better name than blog, but blog we are stuck with.
This article makes the case: Why You Should Start A Blog In 2019. Austin Kleon backs that up, here.
If you do certain things on a regular basis, you should blog. For example:
- If you contribute to twitter on a regular basis, then you should consider blogging. All those tweets will be lost: your blog posts won’t.
- If you discover new ways to do things, blogging is a way for other people to find it
- If you want to demonstrate your expertise, a blog is one way to do that
- If you want to keep a historical record of parts of your life, blogging is a good way to do it
- If you find good things on the web and you want to track and comment on them, write that up in a blog post
- If you find yourself sharing the same information with others regularly, write a piece on your blog and then point people to it
- If you want to improve your writing, blogging is one way to do that
Forget about becoming famous or having a million viewers or getting rich. Just start simply and write what matters to you. Get a blog.
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You can do something great with them. (Image from Unsplash)
I accidentally went to Paul Krugman’s blog today and was surprised to see he ended it some time ago. To quote him:
A message for regular readers of this blog: unless something big breaks later today, this will be my last day blogging AT THIS SITE. The Times is consolidating the process, so future blog-like entries will show up at my regular columnist page. This should broaden the audience, a bit, maybe, and certainly make it easier for the Times to feature relevant posts.
I remember when the Times (and many other places) finally recognized blogging as a way of communicating and started a big section on their site to blogging.
Is blogging dead? Not really. It’s no longer what is what, but people are still blogging. Does it matter? No. Blogging is writing. Communicating via words on the Internet. We have all these tools and media to communicate. For a time, blogging and blogs were a way to share that writing. Now people are doing it other ways.
What matters is the writing. The format matters much less. I still like the blogging format, but what I like more is that so many people can communicate with others.
Meanwhile, here’s a link to Krugman’s blog: Economics and Politics by Paul Krugman – The Conscience of a Liberal – The New York Times
In the Overland literary journal, Laurie Penny has a long and interesting essay on why she writes. For anyone who is thinking of writing more and writing publicly, I highly recommend it.
Have reservations about writing? Her piece should persuade you to give them up and get down to the business of putting your thoughts and words out there for others to read.