Blah, blah, blahg

I’m going to let you in on something.

You might have already noticed it.

I do not like to blog. 

I used to; I was an early adopter of blogging. I was on the Webdesign-L list when the term “blog” was first coined (by Rebecca Blood, iirc). I dabbled with Greymatter, made a website and manually added entries to it, and then eagerly jumped on Blogger when it came along. I blogged about politics, and educational technology, and old books. I made friends with fellow bloggers. I loved it.

But these days, everyone (by which I mean, all those people who give advice, good or bad, about running a business or building a career) keeps saying we MUST blog to be relevant. It’s conventional wisdom: if you have a career, you have to blog about it.

And that’s not necessarily bad advice. For a lot of people, blogging exposes more people to their work and their capabilities. But it’s just not what I want to do. For one thing, I’m doing basically the same thing everyone else is doing. I have no insights that someone else hasn’t already blogged about, and they’ve probably done it more professionally, because honestly, I do not have much of a professional writing voice. I always end up veering into the personal stuff, and I think Medium is a better venue for that than the blog that’s attached to my portfolio. I find a lot of neat things I could share, but I’d rather share them on Twitter, where I often have particular people in mind who I know will be interested.

So I’m going to have to fly in the face of conventional wisdom and say: I am not a blogger. If I have something to say, or if I just want to put up the solution to a problem so others can find it, I will, but blogging for the sake of blogging? I would prefer not to.