To blog or not to blog? That was the question a few months ago when I started this blog. I didn’t know what the purpose of a blog was, and, quite frankly, am still learning. I have just heard a great explanation on a “TED Talk” (http://www.ted.com/), one of my favorite places to visit for intelligent, random information. The discussion was about blogging and conducted by Mena Trott (http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/mena_trott_tours_her_blog_world.html).
I originally started this blog because I was told, or thought, it would be good for my business, LifeStories Alive (http://www.lifestoriesalive.com/). After watching and listening to Mena’s TED talk, I have learned a couple of important things about blogs. The first is that most blogs are stories about what’s going on in the lives of the authors. Stories are what my business is built on. Stories are what make life interesting, and apparently, could be interesting enough to affect the lives of others (strangers to me) in positive ways. That alone is an intriguing enough reason to do this thing called blogging.
The second important thing I learned about blogging is that it is public, meaning that anyone can read it. I think they call that “open source”. That fact, at first, was a scary thing, but I soon realized that the clarification gave me comfort in knowing that it’s okay not to write in it every day. Friends were encouraging me to write in my blog every day, or more often than not. Why? Because the more you write, the more you have a chance of being noticed on search engines like Google. More important to me, however, is the notion that there are some things that I have on my mind in a given day that are private, and should be kept that way … even if it means less exposure on Google.
I have never in my life been a daily journal writer. I have, however, discovered the importance of writing thoughts down when I feel they are important enough to document. The mission of my business, to capture and preserve the life stories of loved ones for future generations, is too important to let my thoughts go unwritten or unread. I will, therefore, continue to write in this blog … but not on a daily basis.
For those reading this blog I express my thanks. Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I appreciate what you have to say.
Until then, happy blogging!