A recent watching of an old interview by one of my favorite bloggers, Om Malik, got me thinking about the actual practice of blogging.
I’ve been involved in this trade for close onto three years now, after launching my first personal site at Blogger, then moving onto WordPress.com with the old Life in Pixels, and finally here, to my very own “proper” home on the web. Interspersed through my blogging adventures were my various attempts at creating a “commercial” blog, and naturally, being the tech enthusiast that I am, these ventures focussed on something to do with technology.
My first attempt was Tech|Zone. This was a resounding success, and it’s reached over 40 000 pageviews (not bad for a first attempt, eh?)
I moved from Tech|Zone to a more sophisticated blog called Byte Lounge, where my focus become more clear, in providing “definitive insights into the tech scene”. Also, having Byte Lounge hosted on Blogger allowed for me to implement advertising programmes on the site, as a way of getting a small “reward” for my efforts.
But the one thing that I discovered, that’s really left an indent in my blogging experiences, was that blogging is not just a pastime, or a monetization opportunity — it’s an art.
As Om said in the interview, blogging allows him to interact on a level unheard of before with his readers. If someone says they don’t like what he said in his post, he can learn from his mistakes and thus better his writing.
The same goes for me, and it goes even further than the interaction with readers: blogging allows one to express themselves on a faster, intelligent level that can reach thousands in an incredibly short space of time. It improves writing skills, and allows writers to develop a more concise approach to communication.
As I near the 100th post on Byte Lounge — a remarkable achievement for me, as it represents my growth as a blogger — I’ve begun reflecting on what it means to blog; what it means to express your opinions on a platform that allows others to see and collaborate on.
While I haven’t yet got the definitive answer to my philosophical question (I’ve been known to be quite philosophical) the joys that blogging has brought me is something that I’d never for a million bucks exchange.
There’s something about writing a great post — knowing you’ve written it well — and clicking “Publish”, and that feeling of knowing that others out there, perhaps who you’ve never met in your entire life, reading and providing their feedback, that makes those hours slaving over a hot keyboard worth it.