Blogging Intentions

I’ve been blogging since 2005. I remember browsing an old social media site called CrushSpot and coming across people who were designing their own websites and blogging. It was intriguing to me and so I downloaded PaintShop Pro and began designing. It was basically random shit because I was trying to learn the basics of graphic design. I spent many nights teaching myself HTML/CSS and WordPress. Unfamiliar with web hosting and domains, I simply started out on free sites. Sheesh, it’s been so long that I don’t even remember any of them that I used. I blogged every other day, maybe, about meaningless shit. I’d always had a passion to express myself but whenever I’d blog, I’d never have anything meaningful to say. All I wanted to do was have a blog site. I bought my first domain in 2006 and never looked back. Everything changed for me when I realized I had free reign over my entire site. No ads or other limitations anymore. 

Now I barely blog these days. I’m not even really interested in blog design anymore. Truth be told, I visit my own site often and change little things here and there just so I don’t get rusty because I hope that one day I will be able to spruce my blog up and really get down to business. I think about silly shit though. Like damn, I’m 32 years old and blogging. Is that even appropriate? But I’m sure there are people older than me who blog all of the time. It’s funny because when I first started blogging there wasn’t really anything exciting going on in my life, yet I could blog about just about anything all of the time. Now that I’m older with more going on, I find that I don’t really feel the need to blog. 

I always have intentions on blogging. But then I get lazy or caught up in other things so it becomes less of a priority. It’s no priority really. I refuse to pressure myself to complete the task but I do try to remember this is my little place on the web where I can go when I want to express myself or even vent. Whatever the case may be, my number one goal is to stop coming here and talking about how I’m NOT blogging and actually do it. After all, my major is writing.

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5 Comments

  • BUT, you blogged!

    When you’re ready, you’ll come back to blogging. I just think that taking the pressure out of blogging is the first step. It should be something you just want to do. Not that you should have scheduled post or some shit because are you selling a product? No. You are sharing yourself and in doing so, you are creating a community for people to also relate to you.

    When you’re ready boo! I’ll be reading!

    • Yea I’ve had to keep telling myself I need to stop applying pressure. Sometimes I want to blog but then I get really lazy. I think because I’ve been in the blogging world so long I have this sense of “blogging duty.”

  • Blogging has changed since we first started. I completely agree with you, it’s not as fun as it used to be. I feel like I’ve lost most of my creative juices. I haven’t had the motivation to code anymore. Been purchasing themes, cooking up some graphics, and slapping it together. I haven’t been blogging as much either. Just an outlet when I need to fall back on it.

    I started on EXPAGE, then moved on to Angelfire, Geocities, etc, until I discovered hosting. This was back in the day before Greymatter existed and you had to manually edit a html file to post a blog. As for Graphics? MS Paint and PSP. I’m cringing thinking about it.

    • I know exactly what you mean. I don’t have much desire to design anymore. In fact, I’ve been considering buying a theme myself, something minimalistic. I don’t even see the same types of designs anymore. I remember visiting sites where the themes were blends of celebs and things like that. More people are taking the simplistic approach. I mean, not that I’m complaining because I personally love it but times have definitely changed in the blogging world.

  • I wrote a similar post last year. Started blogging in 2004, back when what we were writing wasn’t as heavy, and probably wasn’t going to be used against us. Back when PaintShop Pro was the shit. But blogging has evolved since then, just like you have. Life is happening. I used to blog every day, now it’s once or twice month if I’m motivated enough. It’s kind of like a “if I have something to say, I know I’ll say it” approach. But if you want to show up in your space more, maybe jot down some ideas while you’re on the go, and refer back to them when you get back in front of your computer. That and a content calendar could help.

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