Back on that BS (Blog Stuff)
I've decided to start blogging again.
Because this is me we're talking about, I will first, of course, need to do my due diligence and plot out a blog content strategy and update schedule, decide on standardized categories and tags, generate a lengthy list of potential topics and content to research and generate, and perform SEO and competitive analysis. This will probably take some time, especially as I'm still not quite done with grad school yet and anything I'm getting a grade for is obviously going to come first.
But all of that aside, this seems like as good a time as any to talk about why I'm hopping back on this horse that I'd all but abandoned back in 2014 or so. (R.I.P. Blog No. 42) So, in no specific order:
- Practice, practice, practice: Child me liked to write. Child me wanted to be a writer. And child me was actually pretty good at it (you know, for a child). But like so many others, I foolishly thought this childhood talent I keep getting praised for was something I just HAD rather than a muscle to be flexed. So I stopped flexing it. Or, rather, started flexing it only when called upon by others to do so. I stopped practicing, so I stopped progressing, at least in the ways that I wanted to progress. This leads us into:
- The pursuit of my goals: I struggle sometimes to find the right balance point between saying "yes" to things for the new experiences and camaraderie that going out and doing things brings and strategically saying "no" to things in order to carve out the necessary time for myself to work toward my own goals. I have not always been a good steward of my limited free time, a tendency which has lately been exacerbated by my trying to juggle a full-time day job, part-time grad school, family and social obligations, and a new relationship on top of all of life's little administrative tasks. I am hopeful that blogging might help serve as a way to help me act on and eventually realize some of my goals, especially re: writing and career stuff.
- Consumer consumed: Social media posts, news stories, blog posts, homework reading, whatever e-book I got from the library, even text messages—I consume a LOT of content on any given day. What I haven't been doing as much of is interacting with that content in an active or thoughtful way and thinking more critically about the things that I read and how I think and feel about them. Blogging seems like a good way to be more deliberate about both my media consumption and my reaction to it.
- The proof of the pudding is in the eating: I'd be lying if I didn't say that one big reason why I'm jumping back into blogging is to prove that I can actually blog to whosoever it is that needs proving to. Say what you will about Henry Ford, he was right about one thing: you can't build a reputation on what you are going to do. You have to, you know, DO something. So here I go.
There's probably some other reasons, but honestly, you get the idea, and this is already a pretty self-indulgent post as it sits, so I'm going to go ahead and wrap this up now.
As I start planning out what I would like to do with this blog and how, I will be sharing what that process looks like step by step through future posts. In addition to those posts having some swank SEO potential if I play my cards right, I also think documenting the work and the thought process behind setting up this blog will be a nice reminder to me later when I'm going through a blogging rough patch. (Because I almost certainly will.)