This week I chose to focus and reflect on my own journey with blogging. Just for fun I had a look back at my very first blog, created in 2013 for my backpacking trip to Peru. Back then I thought of blogging only as a way to keep friends and family updated on my trip. But I had a lot of fun going back through it and reliving the memories!
In my “early blogging days” (ECI832) I was always very hesitant about my posts and critical of myself, often wondering why I was writing them because who would care to read them anyways? I was often self conscious as I was writing my post, always second guessing every word I typed. But my attitude slowly shifted as I became more confident in sharing my thoughts and ideas. Now I find that I really enjoy having the outlet to share and reflect on my ideas and connect with people who care about what I have to say. A quote from Thompson really stuck with me:
” Just as we now live in public, so do we think in public.”
I think in the beginning the thinking in public is what really scared me, but now I am finding that it helps me because you have to be confident in your ideas when you are sharing them with the world. I definitely find myself influenced by the “audience affect” Thompson refers to:
“Having an audience can clarify thinking. It’s easy to win an argument inside your head. But when you face a real audience, you have to be truly convincing.”
Thompson gave some mind boggling statistics about the words we post online and you can see these stats more specifically at http://www.internetlivestats.com/
Altogether, we compose some 3.6 trillion words every day on email and social media — the equivalent of 36 million books.
Several of the readings we do in #ECI831 come from the blogs of other professionals. These readings are some of my favorites because I find the ideas new, refreshing, and presented in an easy-to-read format.
I am finding this shift in my attitude and confidence carrying over into my use on twitter as well. I am learning to be more open about sharing things on twitter and more vocal about my opinions. I liked in the video when Alec points out that some people may think Twitter is limiting because of the 140 characters, but there is a “richness” in these 140 characters and they can take us many other places.
This is an exciting epiphany for me because I know that as I get more comfortable with “thinking in public” I will share more ideas and become connected with others who do care about what I have to say- because I know that my blog matters!
Did/do you struggle with openly sharing your ideas? What helped you overcome that or what has been your biggest challenge? Please leave a comment to share your thoughts (because your thoughts and ideas matter too!)