Why We Should Be Blogging More

Let this blog post serve as a reminder to you and I (since it's been over half a year since my last post): We should be blogging more. Yes, that needed emphasis, because right now it feels like blogging has become a lost art.

People are lately putting their thoughts into words in social media and forums. That's all well and good, but the problem is that you don't really own those platforms. Your words may be ephemeral at best, and what you post is a mere speck in another user's feed, and can easily be lost as they mindlessly scroll down. As Scott Hanselman puts it: "You are pouring your words into increasingly closed and often walled gardens."

Getting and writing your own blog solves that by allowing a permanent place of sorts, in the internet, to keep your thoughts. If you have your own blog, with your own posts, you can backtrack important things you want to recall. Your posts don't have to be (over-)opinionated and intellectual. If you want to write about personal anecdotes instead of being a pretentious pseudo-intellectual millenial (hey that rhymes!), then (by all means) feel free to do so, because again, it's your personal space. Why not write down how you solved that coding problem which took you weeks to solve? Or your feedback on the new gadget you bought? What about your experiences from last month's travel escapade? If you think it's worth looking back after a few weeks, months or years, you should definitely write a blog post about it.

Another advantage to posting on blogs instead of social media would be an overall better experience for content creators. There's simply a lot more freedom to how and what you can post on your own blog, than on Facebook and Twitter. Also, searching through blogs is a better user experience in my opinion, compared to combing through social media sites for that "one post" you just have to find. You never know when your posts could help you or other people who stumble on your post eventually, via a Google search for example.

Owning your blog, all the way down to how you run it, can get tricky and cumbersome though. Most people prefer a painless way to setup a blog, and will most likely settle with "renting" out space, for example through Wordpress.com. While that doesn't make their space less of a blog, but going down that path does come with its limitations, such as paying more for your own custom domain or plugins. You'd be able to save a couple of bucks if you run your blog by yourself. Again, rolling a blog site from the ground up isn't for everyone, but it's a decent learning experience if you invest your time in it, as well as giving you the most freedom with your words. And our end goal should be to own as much of our content as possible—that includes the platform we host it on.

Simply put, keep writing, and putting your words on a personal "cyberspace" so to speak, that is your blog. Someone ought to appreciate it.