It was the best of blogs. It was the worst of blogs.
Of all the different social media platforms, blogging is by far my favorite. One of my first blogs was through Xanga and was likely named xxdisenchantedxx because, I, like millions of other tweens at the time, was convinced that having the letter “x” in one’s screen name or Xanga URL marked me as an individual. My Xanga was about nothing in particular and utilized more like a diary. It is highly likely that I penned hundreds of digital pages about music and how nobody understood me.
As I matured, so did my taste in blogging. I abandoned my woes and complaining on Xanga to LiveJournal, where I focused a lot of my blogging on showcasing my creative writing pieces and poetry. I was a member of several writers groups and made a lot of cyber friends.
For some reason I can’t really remember, LiveJournal became dull and my interests started to veer into darker areas. I became obsessed with the occult and the New Age movement, which led me to Vampirefreaks.com, a website geared toward the goth subculture. There, I discovered a passion and love for body piercings and tattoos and found many other people interested in New Age religions such as Wicca. I chronicled my experiences in my spiritual search through my blog hosted on the website which helped me connect with other like-minded people.
Again, time passed and the community of VF started to change into a meeting ground for teenage girls obsessed with sparkling vampires. I decided it was time to move on to Blogger.
I started and stopped several Blogger blogs, each about specific topics: music news, Wicca, guitars, and poetry. During this time, I was involved in a ton of extracurricular activities in school, worked a part-time job at a restaurant, and had a long-term girlfriend. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to blog; I just didn’t feel like I had the time for it.
High school ended and college began, giving me even less time to manage a blog. I tried to keep up with at least a personal blog through Blogger, but that ultimately fell into the blog graveyard. In my sophomore year, I was introduced to Tumblr, which had me hooked faster and harder than any other blogging platform I had used in the past.
Tumblr was and still is the perfect social blogging platform. It has the quickness of Twitter, the connectivity of Facebook, the customization features of Xanga, the blogging features and simplicity of LiveJournal and the community closeness of Vampirefreaks. I haven’t looked back from using Tumblr as my primary blogging platform for my personal blogging of my interests because I find it to be the most perfect blend of social media and blogging that is available right now.
I am still plagued with the starting and stopping of specialized blogs; I just can’t seem to find a topic and stick to it. More importantly, I can’t seem to make the time to actually blog consistently. Currently, I am veering a step away from Tumblr and am currently working on a professional/academic blog powered by WordPress, which, after using Tumblr for so long, am finding to be incredibly frustrating and not user-friendly.
I plan for my professional blog to feature posts about technical writing and how it is important in closing the technology gap (which I have deemed to be a global crisis). I found Joshua Mann’s article to be particularly useful as I plan posts and create a blogging schedule and strategy for my professional/academic blog. I also enjoyed the little tip about becoming an affiliate to generate some extra money using the blog. Monetizing a blog is something I had previously thought about, but did not know how to begin.
I suppose that is enough of my rambling for now. I’m looking forward to this course so I can directly what I’m learning to my own blog to make it as effective as possible.