At the beginning of this semester I would have told you everything I hate about blogging. That a blog turns more into a rant and less about information and the long form is exhausting and nobody reads it, myself included. I always believed in the continue reading phenomenon as I like to call it, the idea that on social media sites like Facebook, nobody clicks the continue reading link because the post gets too long. Through out this class I have learned that any and every opinion I had about blogging is wrong, and I’ve grown to find comfort in my blog, both in my posts that may be considered a rant, something I hated at the beginning.
One of the most eye opening exercises that stuck with me throughout this process was from Content Strategy for the Web by Kristina Halvorson and Melissa Rach. In chapter 11 Advocacy the authors ask you to raise your hand and repeat this phrase,
“I hereby swear never, ever, ever to say the words, ‘I can’t blog or speak at conferences or write articles or give a presentation to my boss or tweet or speak up at meetings because I don’t have anything interesting to say'” (175).
I always thought I wouldn’t have anything important to say, I was so used to retweeting funny or interesting things and reading interesting posts about interesting topics, but I never believed in my own writing; I live a pretty mundane straight forward life what would people possibly want to hear about? I was so wrong. Some of my most viewed posts have been about things I have done through school, and issues that hit close to home. Not only do people read what I write, but I feel influential, even to my small audience. As Halvorson and Rach say, “You think you don’t have anything to talk about only because the stuff you do seems so dang obvious and ordinary. But it only seems that way to you” (176). There are people who want to know about your life, relate to your life, and find comfort in the mundane and ordinary. It took me so long to realize this, but I am so glad that I did.
If I was wrong, then you were too. Blogging has been some of the most fun writing I have done in years. It is a release to write about things that I know about without prompt or lead. I have never been a content creator, but blogging has given me the ability to create meaningful writing that despite the threat of “what you post stays forever” will forever be on the internet for anyone to read. “Be brave people. Get out there and do something” (176).