September 20, 2017

A Blog Definition

You do what? What is blogging? But... Why? I don‘t get it.

I had some conversations like this in the past. “Normal people“ don‘t understand why anybody would take a relatively large amount of time to write about whatever and put it somewhere on the internet, exposing themselves, giving away a lot of private information. Should I try to explain it to them? Would they understand? I know about all the good reasons for blogs, microblogs, adding and owning content etc. But do normal people understand or even care? I’m not sure about that. I’m sure they should know about it. But there’s a lot of work to do in the future and I’m not sure I’m the right person to preach it. I’ll try my best.

But what am I actually doing here? What do I write about and why? I also don’t get it. But it’s a journey. I like to write, I want to become better at it and there’s no further explanation needed for me. It’s fun. You have your hobbies, I have mine.

Before I went and set up this new site I thought about these questions… What am I writing, why and how? And to some extend I am like Gary the Privacy Concern Clown 🤡 here. I hesitate to put out very opinionated texts. I did not write anything of substance at all in probably two years. I removed all content from all my domains. I basically quit Twitter, deleting roughly 6000 tweets and now more or less only use it to be up to date on the latest Trump-Outrage of the day. I rarely post to Facebook anymore, that whole platform is only corporate-, sports- or ad-related content; I can’t find anything posted by my “friends“ there since a very long time. In short: I don‘t want the whole world to know too much about me. I don‘t want search engines to link to my sites. I don‘t want crawlers to save everything I put out there for eternity. What I would like is for “normal people“ to read what I write, but still maintain some sort of privacy.

But how I get people to read it then? I don‘t know. We’ll see. It’s still new around here. Maybe it’s even better if nobody notices it. And in the end it all comes down to one thing: I want to write. If people read it, great! If they like it, even better! If nobody sees it, also ok for me (at least for now). I do this for myself, not to become famous or anything.

Staying private yet putting stuff out there is a bit of a contradiction. But I made my experiences in the past. I read some of my old stuff of my old blog(s). I’m still proud of some posts, but some are hard to read. It’s painful in a way. Therefore I need rules and I need to take care of them.

But what should I write about then? Aren’t blogs opinionated? Maybe a tech blog? Some software development stuff, How-Tos, Intros and Guides? This might help to reach more people, but it’s a very narrow field and it’s a lot of work. I did try some of these out, and it’s really time consuming. It has to be more or less the one single topic of the whole blog, otherwise it’s just not worth it. So… for this and many other reasons… this will not be a tech and/or development blog. There might be the occasional comment on something, but then it’s just a side note.

I’m not a Link-Blog person. Commenting on other blogs is also not my thing. Although I really do enjoy others commenting on other people’s blog posts. I just don’t think that I can add much value there. I’m also not sure how much value I can add to my own posts though. I like to compose longer texts, but this is a lot of work and it takes time for refinement. On one hand this is a problem, on the other hand this is also an area for improvement. And again… this is what this is all about.

If you haven‘t noticed: I‘m German. I‘m pretty sure all of my writing is full of grammatical errors and misspellings. Please be kind… I do my best and hope at least some of it makes sense 😉 I try to stay English, but some things are probably irrelevant for non-Germans or just too hard for me to translate and formulate, so there might be the occasional German text. Beware! It will be loud, cruel and horrific! 😉

Considering all this I came to these conclusions:

  • Stay positive! It’s a rant? It doesn’t belong here.
  • Stay away from very opinionated posts. I know I will break this rule with one of the next posts already, but I don’t want this to get out of control. If it is one of those posts, there has to be a good reason for it.
  • It’s not about a single topic. I will explore what I want to write about and don’t think too much about it.
  • Short posts will stay over at Longer posts will be put here. I enjoy writing, I want to get better. This blog is all about that.
  • It’s for fun, not work.
  • I don’t care about stats.

That’s my definition of my new blog. But if anyone asks me why I do this, I’ll just say: „Why not?“