Sometimes it’s hard to imagine a time before blogging. There has been some discussion around the internet lately about how and why people started their blogs. My journey to blogging isn’t that clear.
I really can’t remember why or how I started – I’ve been writing online in one way or another for about ten years now. I’ve written fan fiction, been in forums, had my own websites (written entirely in html!) and then somehow I found my way over to blogging. I really have no idea what caused me to go from a website to a blog.
When I started this blog, my travel blog Suitcase Scribbles was hosted on Posterous, which no longer exists. I never got any help with my problems from any online communities, because everyone was a WordPress snob (the name I had for them!) – if I posted that I had a problem, and then people found out I wasn’t on WordPress, no one was interested. Or I got (what I felt like was) attitude that you’re not “really” a blogger until you’re on WordPress. So I started a WordPress blog, just to learn how it works. Then I found the Australian blogging community on Twitter and as they say, the rest is history.
(While I’m happily on WordPress now, I still don’t see why you “have” to be on it. I see it’s benefits more now, but there are still plenty of options that may suit people better.)
But I’m curious. Platforms aside, we all came to blogging one way or another. At some point, most people thought “Hey I might start a blog”! Then you probably did some blog reading, some searching about how to blog…
What I’m really curious about here is what thoughts you had before blogging – thoughts in the “Oh wow, I can’t blog because…” area. I’m totally data mining your brains here, FYI.
And I guess on that topic, you should know why! If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen this tweet two days ago:
I totally, FINALLY, just registered the URL for my new venture/rebrand. Can I get a yay!!! It’s been weeks of brainstorming!
— 26 Years & Counting (@26YearsCounting) April 22, 2014
I have been mulling and mulling and trying to work out for a long time now what to do with my business, Nutshell Training and Consulting. I wasn’t happy with how it was, it wasn’t successful…and recently it all clicked for me. I’ll be doing a similar type of business but very focused on a particular market and much less corporate-wankery like. So it’s kind of a rebrand because I’ll be using some work I had in the background for Nutshell, and kind of a new venture because how I’m approaching it is totally different. I don’t have a launch date yet, because I don’t even have a website yet! I’m taking my time and tweaking to make sure I develop a style that is both relevant and consistent for the business.
How does this relate to the question of “Oh wow, I can’t blog because…” ? Well, I’m in a huge content creation phase for my new business/baby and I want to be able to answer questions that really help people. So I’d like to be able to answer that question in a blog post, to help you and to help others who maybe had the same questions and hesitations as you did.
What does my new venture mean for this blog? Nothing. I still pour my brain out here in its own random and odd and normal ways. I still have an occasionally updated travel blog, purely because I just love having my own little corner of the internet to talk about the rare travel I get to do.
So tell me, what were your hesitations before you started blogging? Fill in the blank: “Oh wow, I can’t blog because…”