Is It Still Blogging?

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I had a similar post in mind after reading Sam’s livejournal blog from 2010. His livejournal attempt was what I considering blogging. It’s a person who is keeping a journal of his life events haphazardly. Ideas are strewn around and almost unreadable without pictures or any thought to organization. Nevertheless, you get a good idea of how an 18 year old is living his life on a day to day basis which is pretty intriguing. The blog itself isn’t an interesting as the actual interpretation of how Sam is surviving. When the information being presented isn’t as interesting as the human being, we hit our basic level of blogging. Someone who is unable to get ideas across intelligently sums up what I consider blogging.

The post I wrote last night was inspired by Sam’s blog. I took a night of my life and documented it with exactly what happened. Now my thought in my mind was that I’m not only going to write about what happened, but I’m going to write about my thought processes behind everything that was happening. I thought it came out very well and hope when compared with the LiveJournal, a 30 year old telling a tale compared to an 18 year old is apparent. My purpose isn’t to put the Sam’s old blog down at all because I’m speaking to a part of his most recent post that I think is on point. You not only grow with the blog, the blog grows with you.

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Back on May 2nd, 2009 I moved my blog from blogspot to its own domain name. If you read my old blog, you’ll see something very similar to Sam’s in that all I’m writing about are daily occurrences and random rants. No structure and it’s incredibly boring to anyone who doesn’t know me. Buying your own domain name is the first step to separate yourself from “blogging.” It shows that you are serious about managing a website and that you are willing to spend money to give yourself a more professional look. I installed WordPress and used a few of their template themes and I was off. 13 people visited that very first day. Over 500 will visit today.

As the years passed, a major part of maintaining a website is keeping up with a current look. This requires the purchasing of new themes which will keep you ahead of other cookie cutter templates. With the look in place, and I would think an upgrade every year or two is acceptable, the content becomes what is going to drive people to your site. My greatest successes have been focusing on people who other people care about. Interesting pictures is what tends to do the trick. Either way, the content shifts from whatever you are doing in your life, to whatever you are thinking about in your life. You ask yourself, what can I post about that people will read and say, “I enjoyed reading that.” That’s why I really liked the post last night because I thought I combined both parts of this with what I was doing and the message I was trying to convey about Philly bars and meeting new people. Each entry begins to take longer because you start thinking about what word perfectly describes what I was thinking. Or how a picture can be worth 1,000 words. The pictures I used in that entry were false on all accounts but they were far better than nothing as I put thought behind them even if they weren’t true. These are concepts that Sam and I weren’t using 4 years ago.

Sam grows with me and I refine my skills by what he is implementing. The websites grow together and we grow as people as we blog. He isn’t the same 18 year old boy anymore getting black out drunk on random Wednesdays. He’s a grown ass man who is able to use his website to tell stories and thoughts that he encounters throughout his life. My goal has always been to build a website that is far more than a blog. I want people to read my material because they like my frame of mind and how I publish my thoughts. This isn’t blogging anymore, this is building a site that produces ideas. I still haven’t been able to get the visitor interaction that I would like to see but I think it’s hard for people to want to take the time to comment on posts when it doesn’t fit their agenda. Once that part of this site comes together, you start to form a community and with more people, come more power. That’s what I’m trying to work towards because you can accomplish bigger thoughts with more brains working on them. A blog is for one person. A website is an engaging experience. This site is somewhere in between.

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By |2013-12-27T15:40:13-05:00December 27th, 2013|My Brain|2 Comments

Blogging

Wow. Where to start. I know this blog isn’t going to win any awards. I know blogging can be viewed as outdated and gay. I know that any nitwit can start a blog and give blogging a bad name but WOW there are so many retards on this planet. After deciding that maybe I was going to try to advertise this blog a little bit I came across a shit ton of truly awful blogs that make me cringe that I own one. The idea I initially had was that I was going to start posting my link on facebook, posting in various forums, and even try to start reading a couple of others peoples blogs and commenting to try to gain some links and random followers. After one hour of perusing the internet, I decided that my blog is perfectly fine the way it is and I’m not just going to start tooting my own blog’s horn just to hear the sound. If people read my material, fantastic, but I’m not going to try to promote my site just to have random morons on Earth boost my traffic. Why have I decided this course of action?

I typed in “Random Blogs” in Google and decided I’d give it a shot at commenting on random blogs to create a rapport and promote my site on theirs. After just clicking on a couple of the first results, I came to a conclusion I was already aware of, people are idiots. I was going to post the sites and why I hate them but the bottom line is that most people don’t maintain a blog as carefully as I do and post such trash that it’s no wonder blogs get a bad reputation. I decided that I wasn’t going to whore myself out.

Blogging sort of turns into a competition that is difficult to win at. The competition turns into “how many people can I get to read what I wrote?” I’d like to think that I would post as often as I do if I knew that no one else read my material but I’m pretty sure that’s not true. I want to be credited by people on my insane amount of good posts. The joy of writing things is sharing with other people how sick, twisted, demented, and borderline crazy you can be. Basically the amount of readers you have is like an approval rating. You know that the more people who visit your site, the more people read your stuff, the more people can decide if you have any talent at maintaining a blog.

If I can use this paragraph to give my own self evaluation. I’m not a talented writer. My grammar is bad, my vocabulary is weak and my sentence structure is off the map. What I’m not good at though I make up with consistency and uniqueness. I haven’t let my site die. I come up with ridiculous posts just to be ridiculous. Have you ever thought about Vladimir Klitscho penetrating Hayden Panettiere? I don’t know where that stuff comes from. I don’t go to sleep at night dreaming about the above statement it just pops in my head sometimes when I read or hear random captions. Aside from that though I’m way too normal to be that interesting. I’m just like you, probably duller. However my ability to turn this retarded site into something will be decided by persistence. I will not give up until it occurs and I’ll keep posting about how good this site will be until you eventually just have to agree with me because I won’t shut up about it. Some people probably pass on without leaving any sort of legacy, maybe rnningfool.com will be mine.

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