I'm thinking of starting a blog. Not sure if anyone would read it. I have a lot of interests and sometimes want to put my thoughts on paper so to speak. What's your blog about?
I thought about doing a blog, but I didn't want cold, hard page view statistics crushing my illusions of being a witty person who says things others find interesting.
I have a blog, too, - kind of runs the gamut. There's scientific stuff (I wrote about the microbiome quite a bit, and sleep), about running, about places, about writing and translating. Blogging is a great way to work on your writing skills, to pay closer attention to stuff (e.g. is that interesting enough to blog about? How interesting is it, really?) and to - hopefully - start a conversation with readers who are interested in some of the same things you are.
I don't write about diet or food much (aside from a post on fermentation and another on oddly shaped strawberries and potatoes). Now that I think about it, I'm not really sure why. Maybe I will. I have a self-hosted site. I don't get an enormous amount of traffic, but given the fact that I'm breaking all the rules about trying to get readers, I'm not surprised. It doesn't bother me. Like Kara, I have fun visiting other people's blogs, particularly those that are well-written, with some humor. Hunt-gather-love is a fave, as is Denise Mingier's. I try to make comments and participate, to let the blogger know their stuff is good (if it is). If you blog, I'd recommend doing this. What goes around comes around, you know. I'll be visiting all of yours now I know they're out there!
I think that a blog can be anything you want it to be. I started mine with the sole intention of writing down some of the things that had been floating around in my head and had no expectation that anyone was going to read it.
Fast forward a couple years and it has definitely grown beyond my expectations and it is now an extremely rewarding part of my life.
I think that it is a no-lose proposition because the initial investment is so low (free blogging platforms abound and the learning curve is not very steep at the outset) and you only have positives to gain from it.
Currently, I'm preparing to go back to school for a Master's degree and am looking forward to translating lessons from my formal education into blog posts. I do the same with books that I am reading and experiences that I have in my daily life.
Speaking and writing about something helps to structure your thought process and for that reason alone it is worth it.
My advice, as a Paleo blogger for the last year and a half, is to really consider this.
If you want to do it for personal reasons, I say go for it. If you really won't care about your stats, your readership, or the responses, I say go for it.
Otherwise, I highly suggest you take a long look at this list of Paleo blogs (462 and counting) and wonder whether we really need another one.
As I mentioned in Tony's answer, it can become a full time job that requires attention that should only be given to your family, friends, and an actual paying job. I'm currently on hiatus for those reasons. I was spending way too much time online and not enough outside actually living this Paleo thing. I was staying up late, doing lots of research, and hustling like mad. For what? To give my unwanted opinion on things?
Then there's a larger question I feel needs to be addressed, and it's been raised on PH. A lot of this information borders on medical advice and even within Paleo, folks can't agree on the science. Some of these arguments, like Taubes vs. Guyenet for example, are only made worse when we amateurs get all up in there. Paleo doesn't seem to solve everyone's problems and the way we advertise it can lead to disappointment for others. That's some serious responsibility.
Sorry to be a buzzkill, but this is my perspective after being in the ring for a while. In the beginning, it was easy and fun. Then it became a chore. Others have felt this way too, Sean Croxton, Dick Nikoley, and Robb Wolf to name a few. After a while, what else is there to say?
I started a blog to give me a place to collect research & resources on IBD, much of it is sourced from the Paleo world. It's been an interesting experience and I hope it helps make a difference.
I have several blogs. One is on survival/prepping, one on baby boomer stuff, one on travel, two on health (one with my husband, and one that is entirely guest-authored).
I disagree with VB slightly: if you just want to put your thoughts out there, then that's fine, but if you want people to actually READ your blog, it also must have something of interest to them. However, I do agree with VB that it should be written from your own perspective, whatever that is. In other words, have an opinion, and talk about it! It's entirely possible no one will agree with you, and that might be the spark for some good conversation. Once you have a few blogposts written (and I would suggest a self-hosted blog instead of a free blogging platform, so you own the content forever and no one can take it away from you or delete it without your permission), assess whether it's something you want to continue and, if so, in which direction you want to take it. Start talking about it to your friends. Copy a link to your posts in Facebook, Tweet it, LinkedIn, etc. If it's good, the word will get around!
The reason I have so many blogs is because I have several interests and people who read about travel/cruising often don't give a crap about survival and prepping, or they aren't of the baby boomer generation and don't care about that, either.
FED makes some good points about structuring your thought process, and if you're still obtaining your education, it's great practice!
Good luck! Do it!
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