Previous Blogging Experience
Posted by Rebecca Snyder
My previous experience with blogging is limited, at best. In 2008, when I began homeschooling my sons, I decided to chronicle our journey through blogging. Each day, for around 2 months, I would finish school with the boys and spend an hour or more recapping our day in my blog and adding photos of the work the boys had been doing or activities we had completed that day. I had something to show my doubting family and friends – “Hey guys! Look! We really are doing something!” However, after the first few months of doing this, I grew weary. It was taking forever and we had just finished a day of challenges and joys that we worked through or celebrated in the moment. It was an experience for us – not my doubting family and friends! So I stopped the blogging.
About 4 years later, I decided to pick up blogging again. I had started taking a weight-loss supplement that I was just determined was going to change my life! In my direct sales brain, I decided that the best way to “share my journey” with the masses once these miracle supplements had taken me from a size 10 to a size 2, was by chronicling said journey in a blog. I am pretty sure I blogged sporadically for 13 days before realizing that, A. These supplements were not producing the miracle I had hoped for and B. Most people probably didn’t want to read about my bloating and nausea day-in and day-out.
As Social Media became more popular and my number of “friends” increased exponentially, I found less need to share my life by way of blog. Author R. Meyer speaks to this in his 2015 article, “What Blogging has Become.” He says, “We had already lost (the single-URL game)…But in return, we got Twitter and Facebook and whatever your other favorite social-media tool is. They adopted the chatty tone of blogs, and they unified the hundreds of streams of content in reverse-chronological order into just one big one. They made blogging easier, because a writer didn’t have to attract and maintain a consistent audience in the same way anymore. And along with the chattiness and ease of blogging, they were supposed to bring its attendant emancipations to the masses, too.” For me, Facebook became a “blog” of sorts. Granted, my post length is shorter on Facebook, but the sentiment is the same, and adding photos to Facebook could not be easier. Add in App tools such a Word Swag and I can make a post that both grabs the attention of my reader and makes a statement all at the same time. And there is no need for my friend/reader to think of me and purposely go to my blog and read – oh no! – Facebook makes sure I pop right up on their screen and tell them all about my day whether they wanted to know about it or not.
Blogging reminds me of the hand-written journals I used to write as a kid. I have stacks of them stored away that I have not picked up in at least 25 years and will likely never read again. Life is all about seasons and, most of those, I do not care to relive once they have passed. Of course, Facebook missed that memo and each day alerts me to relive my posts made on the same day X number of years ago. Who doesn’t love saying goodbye to their beloved cat each year on the same day through heart-wrenching photos of the kids in tears and the little cross they made for his grave? Thanks Facebook!
Occasionally, I will find a witty, generally sarcastic blog post that I stop and read, but those are few and far between for me and generally I happen upon them by sheer accident. Other than that, I have never found blogging to be all that enjoyable personally. I have never stuck with blogging on my own and I am sure that I have never read anyone else’s blog in its entirety. I am cautiously optimistic about blogging for this class and I am interested to learn about blogging and social media usage with regard to technical communications.
About Rebecca SnyderI am a grad student at UW Stout, a mom to 2 sons (one grown, one almost grown), a homeschool mom, and a pearl girl @ Vantel Pearls. #gradschoolpearlgirl
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