Move to Marfa?
Get professional help for my AAD (Android App Download) habit?
Yes it’s resolution time again, and along with all of the other weighty issues of life, I’m wondering if I should continue to write my occasional blog at false-dilemma.com. Does it matter?
I’ve spent a lot of time with Google trying to figure out if personal blogs matter anymore. As you might expect, there are a lot of opinions out there — on both sides of the fence — but no clear cut answer. This means in spite of Google, one is forced to either abandon the question and go to the gym for Elliptical torture, or (perish the thought) forget Google and form a completely independent opinion. And so, after a respectable amount of cogitation — sans Elliptical — here’s why I think blogs, especially personal blogs, are more important than ever.
Blogging is Like Jello
Blogging helps gel your thoughts into something you or someone else can use. Not an easy thing to do, since we are continually strafed with information. And let’s face it, stuff that stays in your head does no one, no good, no how. Blogging provides ideas for the world to see and convert to email.
When You Blog, You Never Know But Are Always Surprised
Ideas are everything. Everything. You can’t take a trip, help someone, or fix your toilet without one. You can never know what your idea will spark. I once wrote a post called Lies CIOs Tell. I got a lot of nasty emails calling me bad names from people who said they were CIOs. I got just about as many emails thanking me from people claiming to be CEOs, CFOs, COOs, etc. Since then, I’ve always wondered what actions this one blog post caused — maybe not a blooming thing.
Blogging Is Honest, Or At Least, It Should Be
Unlike those insufferable memos you have to write in the office, your blog should tell the world what you really think. For example, I think free expression of ideas using personal blogs may be more important than voting. See, I could never say that in the office. If you think your true ideas will hurt your career, it’s easy to set up a blog using a Nome de Plume; though, IMHO, it’s a pretty spineless thing to do.
Blogging Stokes Those Creative Fires
It’s your blog. You can say anything you want, any way you want. You can steal a turn of speech from the Wizard of Oz and devise your own snippet of funky grammar. You can make up words. You can even end sentences with a preposition if you want to.
I’ve told myself there are plenty of reasons to stop blogging in 2015. Firstly, it takes time. Nextly, I’m an avowed smart aleck which leads to opinions and a writing style one might describe as not exactly ‘career enhancing.’ Lastly, I don’t blog regularly, and every blog expert on the planet will tell you, irregular blogging is one big no-no. Still, after a lot of thought, I’ve decided to keep blogging one more year. Maybe you should too.