Someone asked me how I got into blogging and if I could teach them how to build a blog. The answers to those questions aren’t really a part of this post.
That is because I only have ten minutes before I have to coach soccer practice and I prefer to have time to write about those things. Instead I’ll share a thought that came during the conversation.
Do You Remember Where You Came From?
They didn’t ask me to answer that particular question. It popped into my head…unbidden.
Of course when you cover as broad an array of topics as I do it is not unusual to see a variety nor is it unusual to see a blog and blogger evolve.
I like to think that reading through the years here you’ll find evidence of evolution and growth. I like to think that I’ll see plenty of improvement in my writing.
It is part of why my writing has changed or so I think. I am more focused now on the technical andÂ artÂ aspects of writing than I used to be.
Not to mention that as things have changed I have adapted or at least tried to adapt to those changes.
That covers thinking about SEO, paying more attention to headlines and thinking about social media platforms.
But it is also tied into not doing some of the things that used to work.
The Media’s Influence
The timer says I have two minutes left so we’ll cover the media’s influence by saying there was Â time when I would clip sections from posts on Yahoo or CNN and include a link to them.
I did it because people responded to the political and or commentary upon current events and because sites like Yahoo and CNN used to link to my stuff.
Hasn’t happened in a while but back in the day quite a bit of traffic came via those avenues.
Might be possible to do something like that again. Might be a way to leverage the size and strength of those platforms but it wouldn’t give me as much pleasure as just writing and focusing on storytelling does.
Doesn’t mean I won’t do it again, but it is not my focus.
Still it doesn’t hurt to remember where you came from.