I have been reading a number of posts on ‘what blogging is like‘ for bloggers. There have been a number of disciplines and activities that people have been comparing blogging with – some being really crazy ideas though some make you believe that blogging is really what they are comparing it with.
For some bloggers, blogging is like sex and for some others it is like sporting activities such as golf, wrestling, football, working out at the gym. Yet another blogger feels that blogging is like being bad at math while a health conscious blogger feels that blogging is like dental hygiene. Hmm… most bloggers that I got to see in person are not really the health conscious lot.
Well, I do not want to mention here all those things that blogging is like for many bloggers. However, one thing is sure – the business aspect of blogging has made a lot of people who are not natural writers to get started with blogging, just like 1000s of programmers were born like mushrooms during the dotcom boom era. Eventually such people had to cope with a lot of technical stuff like SEO, upgrades, social media and even maintenance and coding and blogging started to become a burden for them. No wonder, why it is like body building or construction.
Blogging is JUST online publishing
For me, blogging is just writing and publishing what write into an online channel for the public to consume freely. How they consume (access channels, SEO) and how discussions or debating (comments, social media) on the topic take place or how can the content be potentially monetized are really secondary things. These aspects may be important from the business angle of blogging but first and foremost thing is writing.
The message I wanted to convey in this post, of course to young aspirant bloggers, is that do not start a blog unless you are a natural writer who enjoy writing. The frequency of blogging, community interactions, how rapidly you can get famous or even make money out of it are various repercussions of this medium for online publishing but at the end it is JUST WRITING!
Over to you…
Regardless of my reservations, what’s blogging for you? Please post your answers as comments here.
PS: I originally wanted to make this a link post as I have been busy with a few other things in life. But then I saw that Darren Rowse has already done it. Have you faced this situation where you wanted to cover something about blogging but Darren has already spoken about it long back? 😀