Friday, July 29, 2005

Why I (should) blog

I've been procrastinating. I've been checking this site for the last week or so, hoping to miraculously see a new post that I intended to, but hadn't, written on the big topics that have dominated the mil-blog scene recently.

While I don't intend to ever "compete" with my favorite bloggers, being in a different league -- and not having the audience or instant feedback -- somehow contradicts the sense of community that has motivated me to write. It can get lonely out here. And every day that passed, it became more of an effort to clean the cobwebs around here and re-energize this online writing experiment.

Fortunately, I don't blog for a grade, financial benefit or even for my beloved Air Force. I blog because I can, and I blog because so many of my brothers and sisters in arms can not.


Blogger Mike said...

Hey, it does get kinda lonely out there, doesn' it? Especially if you're an Air Force blogger. They have definitely been few and far in between. Tony had an excellent site with Air Force Voices, but he packed up HHG for his next assignment after Maxwell back in May and I haven't heard from him since.

But I digress. I see you've only been blogging for a few months. It's good that you've kept it up; most blogs simply cease to exist after the first month. But now it's time to find your voice. What I mean by that is find something to focus your attention on. Some writers choose to focus on some specific aspect of politics, some focus on foreign policy, others focus on the military, still others on their personal life. Often, writers will be a combination of a variety of things. For example, I choose to focus on libertarian related political issues, foreign policy, and the military, with an emphasis on the USAF (I'm an AFROTC cadet, in case you were wondering.) But the point is that you have to find your "voice" in order to draw people to your blog. Once you establish somewhat of a voice, people will know what to expect and will keep coming back. From what I've read it looks like you're taking the military and politics route, which is a good one. If I might add a suggestion, don't be afraid to delve a little more in depth to issues affecting the USAF. Like I said before, bloggers focusing on the USAF and military aviation in general are few and far in between, so doing that would make you somewhat unique.

Okay, now that I've talked your ear off for a while, a few parting shots. First one is that if you're serious about blogging and are in a bit of a slump, set a realistic goal for blog posts to make per day, per week, whatever. If you think you can only hammer out one good, somewhat length post per week, set your goal for that. If you think you can do it daily, do that. The important thing is to set something approaching a regular schedule and to stick with it. After awhile it becomes second nature.

The second one is that once you get a post you are pretty proud of, don't be afraid to use one of the open posts at the Mudville Gazette, or at Smash's or Jack Army's place. These will get you a LOT of readers, and some of those will probably stick around.

Finally, most importantly, HAVE FUN!! Blogging should first and foremost be about fun. I know it is for me.

Anyway, hope some or all of this helped. Oh, and not sure if you're aware of it, but you're blogrolled over at my place. ( Us Air Force bloggers gotta stick together!

Uno Ab Alto,

Sunday, August 07, 2005  
Anonymous mockingjay pin said...

Ditto what Mike said! Are you still blogging anywhere now?

--Effie at Hunger Games Jewelry

Friday, March 16, 2012  

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