My Blog Matters!

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!

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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!

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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!)

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10 thoughts on “My Blog Matters!

  1. Haiming Li's blog says:

    I agree it’s very fun to review what I had written before and to rethink the mood and the idea I had at that time. When I use social media to share the idea, there seems to be a very interesting safe distance because maybe there will be readers and maybe not. So I can feel free to note some real thoughts.

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  2. Nicole Reeve says:

    I think I re-read my posts a good 6 or 7 times before posting them, always anxious over whether I have made myself clear or not. I was given some advice last week on #saskedchat to write a post one day, leave it to the next day and then decide if the message I wanted to get across was communicated how I wanted. Going to give that this week and see how it goes.

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    • Amy says:

      That is a great idea! I typically write my blog posts over the course of a few days just to let ideas sink in and give myself time to rearrange things if need be. I usually have a couple draft posts on the go!

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  3. ashleypmurray says:

    My biggest struggle is getting my point across in a succinct interesting way. I have trouble conveying messages and telling people what I am thinking. Even in daily spoken conversations I have trouble with it. Sometimes I feel like it takes me 5 minutes to tell a 2 minute story haha. I think that Twitter has actually helped me with this. It’s tough to keep something to 140 characters but I am able to make it work…most of the time 😉

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    • Amy says:

      I feel the same way Ashley! I too often have trouble articulating my thoughts. They always sound so good in my head but then I struggle getting those ideas out in words! Twitter for sure helps but I also think blogging helps with this as well, it doesn’t seem to take me as long as it used to take me to get a message out in a blog post.

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  4. Erin Benjamin says:

    I find I need to mull over ideas for a few days before blogging. I won’t even really realize what i am going to blog about, but I’ll just be conscious of certain thoughts that pop into my mind and try to connect them. When I first sit down with all of my thoughts, there is a lot of jumbled ideas together and then I try to weave them into something that makes sense! I’m hoping that over time, this isn’t such a timely process for me!

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