The most beautiful thing about a blog is that most of us don’t write blogs to become famous or make money. We write blogs simply because we are enthusiasts and nerds and hobbyists, and our little home in this vague corner of the internet is where we go to be, in a sense, fully ourselves, a safe place where we can go full nerd with a community of fellow nerds in tow.
I wholeheartedly agree!
People living halfway across the world from us, in Belgium and Iceland and the very far ends of Vladivostock, were making things they wanted to make just for the heck of it — websites and blogs were born out of hobbies, not ambitions. We were all amateurs making crude, ugly but heartfelt internet objects out of our laughable HTML skills. It was FUN because we were all amateurs together and there were no rules and no expectations and, of course, very little aesthetic sense. It was a pretty level playing ground.
Interesting enough, I feel that I am at this stage with this online journal. Except I'm not living in the past, but in the present.
I’m talking about even those moments when inspiration strikes. You have a “brilliant” thought and you sit down to write but what comes out is banality. Your sentences don’t flow and your words can hardly express what’s really in your head. It all feels like a farce.
– From The thing about writing by Rebecca Toh
Yep, that's me. That's why I can't rush my writing. When I do, it always ends up as crap. The best advice I've seen on writing was a post here on Read.Write.As, about waiting a day or two before hitting the Publish button. Allow yourself some time to sort through the jumble of words coming from your head.
But writing is also my vice. It is an obsession, all consuming, something that I can't stop thinking about even when doing other things. It is a habit I cannot shake, one that I must live with, am more than willing to do so.
Because I still want all of this to mean something.
– From Colin Walker
Isn't that what we all want in the end? For all of this to mean something? So true.
Why doesn't Jesus just cure everyone? I think that blindly doing so, (forgive the pun), would not bring people back to God. I also think that at times it is not Jesus doing the healing, but a person's faith that determines if they get healed or not. This is not to say that Jesus or God does not have the power to heal, but that He lets people choose to believe, so that they can be healed.
Instead of keeping a pinned Bookmarks page, maybe I should just use bookmarks hashtags instead. – Yes, I made that change eventually.
Instead of playing Stars Wars Jedi: Fallen Order last night, I ended up playing XCOM 2 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2019. – This highlights the need I had for planning my leisure activities back then.
Davin has taken to calling me Mufasa lately. He calls my wife Nala. And he calls my brother Scar LOL!
I'm trying to use the Ate app as a food diary, but lately I keep forgetting to use it before eating. It is especially problematic at home because I leave my phone in the room; I don't carry it around the house. To make it work at home, I would have to bring my phone with me to the dinner table, but that kinda goes against my practice of digital minimalism.
I’m done offering free ebooks as incentives to signup...
I’m done creating courses that I have to spend hours creating only to discover that no one is signing up because I don’t get enough traffic.
I’m done sharing my writing five times a day on several different social media sites...
Damn! Dan must have been really fired up when he wrote this. To clarify, he is railing against what he calls the traditional model of blogging. I don't think he is railing against blogging in general, or writing on the web for that matter.
We're already in the middle of December and I'm still so far behind on my journal entries. My last entry was based off my Bullet Journal Daily Log entries from way back in July. The reason I'm so far behind is because after my digital declutter phase, I decided to decrease the amount of journal entries I wrote. I thought I could get by with one journal entry a month. I was wrong.
I want to get to a point where I can just write one journal entry a week. So, now I'm playing catch-up. To do that, I plan on writing at least one journal entry a day until I catch up to my entries for the month of December.
On a somewhat related note, one thing this proves is that if you want to always have something to write about on your website, maintaining a real journal is one way to accomplish that. Write down your thoughts and ideas on a real notebook. Later you can use your notebook as a source of ideas for new blog posts.
So when I started this experiment, I wanted to see what would happen if I disable the ability for me to view this site's stats. The result, a much better online writing experience. Not being influenced by the number of readers I get, allows me to simply not worry about it. It makes it easier to just write about something I want to write about. It makes it easier to write for myself.
As a related update to the results from Experiment Log – 001, I found that the number of readers did not increase in the 2nd half of that experiment. It stayed low when my posts were not being listed in the Read.Write.As feed. As I stated in the results for that experiment though, I no longer care about that.
It's been almost one month since I started this experiment. I've decided to end it at the start of a new month, just because I didn't see any benefit to prolonging it. I started this experiment with the intention of answering the questions below. And so here are the answers.
I want to see if not publishing to the Read Write.As feed will decrease the number of people reading my posts.
So this was interesting because during the start of this experiment, I still had access to my site's stats. However, a little over a week after starting this experiment, I started Experiment Log – 003, which basically hid my site's stats.
That “something else” might be something similar to the Hawthorne's. Of course it might not be on that intimate of a level, but to have another individual read our entries and build a joint narrative alongside us – a vision of writing on the web as writing in a shared journal.
I think CJ Eller in this post touched upon something that I didn't know was at the back of my mind; part of me wants my close friends to also be writing journals or writing on their own blogs.
Back when I was in high school, it was me and a couple of friends who were always playing around with computers and consequently the internet. We had our own Archmage guild. We tried to find ways to end up in the same kingdom when playing Utopia. We spent countless nights hanging out on mIRC channels. We had customized Friendster profiles. We had our own blogs. We basically followed each other online, just like close friends do.
Dino Bansigan is concerned about writing “more for myself and less to an audience” but I find myself wondering why those must be seen as mutually exclusive. Is it not possible to write for oneself yet to an audience?
For some reason, I cannot wrap my head around the concept of writing for myself, but at the same time writing to an audience. I feel like if I can just look at it from a different angle though, I would figure it out. The closest thing I can think of, is writing for myself but writing in such a way that the content is palatable to readers. But then, wouldn't I be writing to an audience?