Blogging: Past Experiences and Article Reflection

Past Experiences with Blogging

I discovered my passion for web writing/editing back in the fall of 2013 when I began taking online Professional Communications courses through Fox Valley Technical College. To hit the ground running, I created two blogs of my own. First, I created a Milwaukee Brewers blog called Barrel Man’s Brew Blog. Shortly thereafter, I created a professional-advice blog called Positivity and Professionalism. Though clearly dated, the blogs are still live:

Barrel Man’s Brew Blog

Positivity and Professionalism

I enjoyed maintaining these blogs, as it was solid “beginner” experience for me in my new field. However, I found them to be time-consuming, possibly because I was trying too hard to create “perfect” content out of the gates. As a result, I most actively blogged while I was only working part-time.

The time factor is the primary reason the two blogs have become stagnant. However, having gained significant personal and professional experience over the past few years, perhaps I could rekindle my bloggership while hopefully being more efficient and responsible with my content creation/management.

“What Blogging Has Become” by Robinson Meyer

I enjoyed reading this article while learning about Medium, a company I was previously unfamiliar with. In fact, I learned that Medium created Blogger, the blogging platform of Barrel Man’s Brew Blog.

Though I enjoyed this article, I’ll admit I’m saddened by its primary message. Meyer insists that blogging is dead, old news, a thing of the past, etc. However, I’m not specifically offended by Meyer’s words, as it’s one person’s opinion at its core. Instead, I’m disappointed that, well…he might be right. Upon further review, it seems many other internet voices agree with that of Meyer, whose post might reflect a trending, collective viewpoint on bloggerhood. Darn it. Just when I was considering a blog reboot!

Unless I’m misunderstanding the content, I believe Meyer is explaining how blogs were so prevalent that they became the status quo of internet content, or the new “normal”. Furthermore, with blogs becoming increasingly prevalent across the web, it’s as though bloggers spread a message to the effect of “This is the type of internet content that appeals to the masses in the 21st century. Deal with it!”

As a result, it seems many electronic newspapers, magazines, and journals have adopted a “bloggistic” writing style to stay current and relevant. Accordingly, traditional journal-type blogs are no longer common because the majority of internet content contains a blog-like formula. In short, blogs are no longer cool and trendy, since everyone is blogging, even if they don’t realize it.

Your feedback is welcome, as I am not sure I’ve grasped the intended message of this article.

Thank you!

Jeff

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Posted on September 14, 2018, in Blogs, Digital, Social Media, Technology and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Jeff, as someone who started blogging in 2003 and nearly wrote her dissertation on the use of blogs in the 2004 Presidential campaigns, I think tracing the use of online tools in such campaigns might help us all understand Meyer’s argument that “blogging is dead, old news, a thing of the past…”

    Blogs and sites like moveon.org became places where Democrats started to organize meet ups in 2004; CSPAN solicited YouTube videos for townhall debates in 2008; and I think we all know the role of Twitter in recent days. If the trend has been toward visuals and brevity, then the longform blog–by individuals–certainly isn’t around much anymore.

    However, as you noted, mainstream and independent media sites have taken to the genre and pretty much made it their own, but always coupled with audio and video versions of the same story across platforms–>media convergence.

    I’m glad to hear of your history with blogs and I totally agree that it takes time! I’ve really been trying to maintain my own site more this year, and I hope to continue that throughout the semester.

    • Hi Dr. Pignetti,

      I’ve recently been revisiting past blog posts/comments while reflecting on my ongoing experience with social media, and on my progression through this course. That being said, thank you for this comment that you posted shortly after the semester gates opened.

      How are things going with your personal blog? Have you been able to maintain it lately, despite the craziness that accompanies the academic term?

      I am interested in visiting your blog. If you’re okay with this, can you please provide me with the link? My apologies if you already provided it for our entire class.

      Also, upon reading your comment about Twitter, I cannot shake the image of an overly-tan, belligerent, squinty-eyed man tweeting his mental instability for all to see. It’s interesting that this man claims he doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him, yet he’ll angrily tweet back against his celebrity critics. Shouldn’t he have more important things to concentrate on?

      Thank you!
      Jeff

      • Ack I’m only just seeing this. Let me reply tomorrow when I’m on my laptop!

        • No problem!

          • OK so I’ve gone back and looked and I’ve managed to write 9 blog posts this calendar year, which is a huge improvement! You can check things out at http://www.daisypignetti.com

            You’ll see that I try to create posts after conference presentations [mainly because lots of people ask to see my slides] or major academic life events. There’s also several posts on my “side” job as a fitness instructor. As an English major and Ballet minor in college, I”m happy that I’m working in both fields!

            Let me know if you have any questions!

            • Hi Dr. Pignetti,

              Thank you for providing your recreational blog URL. Embarrassingly enough, I am struggling to figure out how to ‘follow’ the blog. Please advise!

              You’ve got some great content in there, including the various GIF’s! I believe my personal favorite is Catherine O’Hara’s “I’M STANDING RIGHT HERE”.

              Speaking of Catherine O’Hara, with the holidays right around the corner, I can’t help but refernce a true classic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DgbUBoxa48

              • Hmmm I can’t see the “follow this blog” button either, but I think I received a notification that you did follow it? I was going to add an email subscription widget, but I don’t think I need to now!

  2. Hi Jeff,
    I can relate to having started blogs in the past and not being able to keep them up. It takes time to write good material that other people will want to read and find valuable. I plan to resume blogging when I am finished with my MSTPC program at UW-Stout.

    I don’t “see” how blogs are dead. They are easy to find, on any topic, and with very current posts. It’s almost like Meyer is saying that because blogs are so popular, they aren’t so popular – or that they will fizzle out. I’m not sure. I’m struggling with his logic. And I didn’t see any real evidence that blogs are on their way out. I think some scholarly research on this topic would provide more credibility to it.

    I like it that you challenged my thinking with this post. I wasn’t aware that anyone thought blogs might be on their way out. Even though I disagree, I also feel like it is good to explore this possibility.

    I would also have liked to see some of our readings tied into this. Even though the blog can certainly stand alone without a correlation to our readings, it helps us to synthesize the information we are reading when we can directly apply it to our posts.

    Thank you for your post.

    Lisa

    • Hi Lisa,

      My apologies for the late acknowledgement of this comment, as I am currently revisiting past blog posts in reflection. At any rate, I very much appreciate your feedback.

      Just out of curiosity, how far along are you within the MSTPC program? My goal is to have fulfilled all requirements by 2020.

      Like you, I struggle to understand/agree with Meyer’s logic on blog relevance. However, I’m not sure there’s a right or wrong answer here, so I’d say we’re doing what we can by sharing insight while challenging one another to consider various angles.

      Also, yes, I absolutely agree that my posts must make make clear connections to our course readings. Thought I struggled with this early on, I feel I am starting to improve with each post.

      Thank you!
      Jeff

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