As I mentioned in a post last week, a new meme has been born. This one is dedicated to discussing and sharing tip and tricks for blogging and using social media. This can be from a personal or professional standpoint. The intent is that through these posts by myself and, hopefully, others will provide some insight into how to succeed in these areas. For lack of a better name, the posts should all be tagged with #meme15.
The topic this month is blogging and the questions to answer are:
I first started blogging about 8 years ago. The reason behind when I first started was a fairly cheap and selfish reason. I wanted a place that I could store links, code, and similar information that I would discover either at home or at work. And while doing this, I didn’t want to have to lug around one of those expensive flash drives.
Back in those days, eight whole years ago, a flash drive actually cost more than a few dollars. That was back in my single family income and two young kids days when the budget was often very tight. The solution was to just throw the information up on a web page… the easiest being a site that I first had on blogger.com.
The posts back then were extremely short. They might only include a URL pointing to an interesting article. Others were raw code with no explanation. It was mostly random and unexplained – but completely useful to myself.
About five years ago, which would mean three years after I started blogging, I became what I consider to be a blogger. In a general sense, I had been one before then because I had the ability to write posts and people could look at my blurbs. Things changed, though, when I started to want more than links and code on my blog. I start to want to have content.
To me, having content is about writing something that can be consumed and used by people other than myself. Sure, the links and code had always been useful, but they had no context. When I started including that I was a blogger.
This change was a rather
I continue to blog for a number of reasons:
Please let me know what you think. If what I write is helpful to you, I would enjoy hearing about that.