It’s hard to believe it’s 2021! I’ve been blogging since 2005; blogging here since December 2007. I’m thinking that’s a pretty long time and that by now everyone in the world would know and understand what a blog is.
Turns out that’s not quite true. At least once a week someone’s asking “what’s a blog” and “why should I have a blog”? If this was someone asking about some of the new terminology as it applies to gender and such, I could understand that because many times I’m still confused, being an older guy. But blogs have been around longer than some other folks have been blogging; why is this still confusing people?
I started to wonder if, because some of us have been blogging for a long time, we’re not able to communicate what blogs really are, what they’re for, what they can do for you as a business or just someone with an opinion, and why you should own your own space.
I decided to share this video with you from back in 2008 because it’s not only still relevant but it was well done. It’s from a guy named Alvin Phang, who used to be a big time blogger (his site can’t be accessed so I’m not sure if he’s still blogging), as well as the author of a very successful book called Atomic Blogger from 2009.
Regardless of whether I can find his blog or not, I did find this short video that, hopefully, is simplistic enough for people who still don’t know what blogging is can understand:
As a sidebar, the guys who created this video are known as the Common Craft Team, and they have other videos on multiple subjects. They don’t release a lot of videos under their own name, but what they do put out is good stuff!
Let’s get back to talking about what a blog can do for you. I’ve written about social media and blogging over the last few weeks, touching upon a few different things. For instance, when I wrote this post about being social on social media I mentioned the importance of having your own space that only you control. In last week’s article I talked about branding and how I use my articles to help my personal brand when I share them on social media with my name on them. Having your message that you control is important, no matter the medium.
What if you want to educate people on a subject that’s close to your heart, in a way that maybe no one else has delivered? I did just that very thing when I wrote about better blogging for beginners, a 2-part series trying to make it easy to understand blogging in my own way.
In any case, for once I’ve put together a relatively short article; my friend Bev should be happy about that. lol I hope you enjoy the video and please don’t forget to check out the other things I’ve linked to.