I am nothing if not timely.
Last month, Chris Shiflett proposed an excellent blog revival idea, wherein I am to write a blog in the month of March about why I like blogs. Of the ones I managed to read, I liked this “Ideas of March” the best. As for me, well, we are halfway through April – but I started this draft in March? Here were the rules:
So here goes…
Way before I had a technology blog, I had a blog about local issues. Local politics, sports, development, you name it. I started that blog because I had a lot of opinions about development that was happening around me and issues that were balloted, and I couldn’t rob the world of my enlightened positions by keeping them to myself. Blogs allow anyone with something to say to say it.
Blogs are ultimately social. Before there were tweetups, there were blogger meetups. And it is very easy to have something to talk about when introducing yourself to someone (“Hey, I really liked your blog about…”). Twitter has taken that “breaking the ice” concept to new levels, but it I’d much rather have someone come up to me and say that they’ve read my blog rather than say that they follow me.
Blogs are written, and writing is a good skill to practice. If I have to write to explain something, then I have to know it well. And with practice, the explanation gets better and clearer. Then other thoughts get better and clearer. Then the world just gets better and clearer.
Oh, and blogs contain a crapload of useful information that solve all sorts of problems, or just spread interesting news.
In summary, I like blogs because:
To round off the requirements, I pledge to blog more in this month of March, er – how about I just pledge to blog more? And hopefully my RSS tweeter should get out the hashtag in the title.