Thursday, October 7, 2010

I've set up my blog! (now what?)

Well after thinking about it for years and almost starting a number of times, I've finally set up my own personal blog. Of course, the question now turns to content, which is probably why it took me too long to start the blog in the first place.

I think that part of the reason that I procrastinated with starting a blog was that I was completely misinterpreting the blog experience. I equate it very much to my feelings on Twitter. I, like many non-tweeters before me, looked down on Twitter as a pointless community with no value that was full of egotistical maniacs who for some reason think I should care about what they just had for breakfast. In reality, most of that, well... Actually most of that is true, with one HUGE exception. I discovered a tremendous value in Twitter as a development tool and professional learning network builder.

I have really grown to love Twitter for the sharing that is available through the people I have connected with. It has also helped me see the value of a well-written blog, as many of my connections will post a quick Twitter update when they update their blog, and I have discovered a wealth of knowledge and expertise through this network.

I've decided to start my own blog to add the the knowledge and skills being shared by my network. In doing so, I'll be getting over my final hurdle - questioning who might find a blog from me of value. While I hope that some people do occasionally read my blog and find some value in it, in truth, as long as I and others find value in me writing it, it will exist.

1 comment:

  1. I am about two months away from the fourth year of my blog. It took me months to get the first post up, in part because of my own mindset. I had an image of a blog as The Big Thought of the Day, although for me I have entire weeks that are free of Big Thoughts.

    I see Dave's Whiteboard as a place for me to think out loud about interests, ideas, notions, and tangents -- though I try to keep the obvious tangents down to about 10% of the total.

    For me there's no question that it's had value for me, which is as good a reason as any to continue. I wish the same and more for you.