I always think of brightly colored leaves in the fall but a close second autumn thought is the rich color of Mums (Chrysanthemums). My wife always insures there are wonderful blooms in our yard this time of year…just one of the ways she brings beauty into my life.
My reading each day covers a wide range of topics…from photography, technical/science, politics, news and social media. It’s usually a matter of skimming the headlines and then cherry picking those item that catch my interest.
One I stop at frequently is Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist blog. In a post yesterday titled “4 Lies about social media‘ one of the lies she listed was about blogs.
Lie #3: Blogs are personal journals.
Your blog is a record of what youre thinking, and that record will represent you online, as a high-ranking search result when someone googles your name. So if you care about building a network, youll stop using your blog as a diary.
Your blog is intellectual exercise for youto keep yourself thinking in a disciplined way about things that interest you. And its an intellectual exercise for other peopleto follow your thought process and decide if theyd like to engage you in conversation. The blogosphere is a cocktail party for the intelligentsia without J Brand jeans or Jimmy Choo shoes. Its just ideas, bouncing back and forth, and youre deciding who to talk to.
I know Im always telling people to stop worrying about what their blog is going to be and to just start blogging. I say this assuming that you understand that a blog is a networking tool. Its one of the most important ways you can create career stability, by being who you are and connecting with people who like you for who you are. Your blog is a career-management dream-come-true.
I’ve never thought in great detail about this blog representing me. My post have tended to wander in focus over the years from computer/technical to photography with a liberal spicing of personal entries along the way. I suspected in early 2006, when I started this blog, that it might be that way which accounts somewhat for the blog name I selected–Meandering Passage.
There are probably a number of family and friends that are surprised this blog has lasted this long–hell, it surprises me too! Perhaps that’s one of the best things the blog says of me…not giving up.
Penelope’s second paragraph, about the blog being an intellectual exercise resonates with me. However, I’ve let this slip lately. It’s easy to not “do-the-work” and skim along the surface with blog posts and/or photographs. Yep, I need to do better with this. I also like her statement in the third paragraph about being “who you are and connecting with people who like you for who you are.” I do appreciate those who read, those who come back and those who also take the time to comment.
My purpose/agenda for this blog has never been to enhance a career or build a large network, but I do agree a blog can be a useful tool if that’s your goal. My reason for Meandering Passage has always been as a vehicle to voice my opinions/views and to hopefully get some feedback from people of similar interest. Sometimes it’s nice to know someone hears your voice.
If you have a blog, have you thought about what it says (about you) and why you blog?