Funny to admit this nearly 150 posts into my blog, but I really don’t know what I’m doing.
I’ve read a few posts in the last few months about what should and should not be blogged, and I’ve begun to learn the art of linking in context. But then I hear of people promising not to talk about personal, political, religious, or off-topic stuff. (I can say from experience that it’s hard to be off-topic when there’s no defined topic, but this breaks the cardinal rule of blogging: build yourself a niche and write to that niche.) I’ve heard that people prefer short posts (hmmm, I’m not always very good at that one). And I’ve learned some of the mechanics of blogging. (Imagine my surprise when I learned, completely by accident, that if I linked to someone else’s blog they would be able to “see” me! I wasn’t sure if this was cool or terrifying.)
Even so, I often find myself wondering whether a particular post is “appropriate” for this blog, or I visit someone else’s blog and see the skill that can only come from experience, and I have to admit that I’m utterly clueless. I can’t even define “appropriate” posts for myself, so how can I be expected to make consistent decisions?
I’ve begun to realize that blogging, like letter writing, is an art as much as a skill. The only difference that I can see is that they teach the mechanics of letter writing in school (or, at least, they used to).
All I can say is that I’ll keep writing and learning. Tips would be appreciated, though I reserve the right to disregard them entirely.
P.S. Ten points to the first person to guess how long it took me to figure out if this post was “appropriate.”