I Believe In Blogging
So I started another blog. A work one, this time, related to the web industry and the Internet, written by myself and my two colleagues, in a – hopefully – appealing and enjoyable fashion, not dissimilar to my style and take on things here. In fact, this blog was a huge motivator for me wanting to start a work related one because I knew, right from day one, that I wanted our company to have a voice in the industry, to comment on activities and trends and to be able to express our own opinion on the matters that affect our livelihood. We always wanted to stray away from the rather dull corporate blogs that every business now seems to feel obliged to launch these days so we branded and styled ours with personality, humour and a little bit of sass calling it (my esoteric choice of blog names continues) the 8 Gram Gorilla. Yeah, we really do like our monkeys.
The Benefits Of Blogging
When I first started blogging about MMOs, what seems like a lifetime ago now, I just wanted to express the thoughts I was having about the games I was playing and didn’t consider it much more than that. Now though, I see blogging as more than just putting virtual words to virtual paper but rather as a way to embrace, engage and even in some cases, alter and effect the industry of the chosen topic in a way that’s just not possible otherwise. Blogging gives you a voice and an opportunity to express yourself, for your thoughts, ideas and abilities to be discovered and reflected upon the world.
Yes, it’s true that often you’re just another voice amongst millions and that the tangible benefits of any blog can either be impossible to notice or are only felt by a tiny, tiny minority. I’m by no means saying that by blogging you will immediately become an online celebrity or change the face of your chosen subject matter - ultimately, to make it worthwhile, you have to love writing and engaging with the people who read and comment on your posts. Still though, as I’ve discovered with We Fly Spitfires, even having the chance to be creative (I believe blogging is certainly a creative process) about my opinions, to challenge my thoughts and views on gaming, to give pleasure to even one reader and to know that there’s a slim, slim chance that my point of view might reach one of the developers or designers in an industry I love is priceless and rewarding in a way I cannot describe. Besides, if you don’t at least try, you’ll never even know what you could have accomplished.
Getting Others To Blog
Suffice to say, I’m a huge advocate for blogging and constantly urging people to give it a go. I’ve even been persuading my mum to give a shot and it looks like she finally will. Personally, I can think of no better pastime for an old dear with oodles of opinion, lots of time on her hands, and a still almost fully-functioning brain. When I retire, screw gardening and give me a blog instead.
I also recently helped set up a blog for a friend of mine who was somewhat hesitant to unleash her rather horrendous, yet marvellous, sarcasm and dry wit on the unsuspecting public. It’s always hard to take that first step into the unknown and I could appreciate her apprehension yet she took a leap and now has a rather wonderful little blog going. I guess the moral of the story is to always do exactly what scares you. And if you like seeing photos of apartments being demolished or reading about tradesmen being mercilessly gutted through words, then you can find her blog here.
So if you even have the slightly inclination to blog, get out there and make it happen. Don’t let fear or hesitation hold you back, just do it. You have nothing to be scared of and yet everything to gain. What are you waiting for?