There’s no part of “blogging” that I don’t find self indulgent and a little narcissistic; and yet this year I’ve decided to make a concentrated effort to write more.
Its a rather strange decision, and a very personal one, as most of the time people don’t like what I have to say – and therefore, I presume very few people will ever read any of this. Since June, I’ve slowly seen my page views rise to a not-to-be-sniffed-at 7k per month. Considering I took my website offline for a great number of years while recovering in Edinburgh, thats a number that shocked me.
The reality is, I like our “web” community. I like it’s diversity and it’s willingness to help. I don’t particularly like how much of a “members only” club it can be sometimes, but in part, thats down to my complete distrust of Twitter as a communication method. So now that I’ve hit an acceptable plateau with what ails me, I’m going to make a bigger effort with the web community.
I’m going to split out my blog posts and my articles. I don’t want someone who would be interested in my Responsive Design article to not read it because I’ve openly blogged about the clusterfuck that was Capital_P_Dangit(). I want to be able to shoot from the hip in my blog, while not tarnishing my “actual” work. Hopefully, the distinction will play out well; and this new theme should help.
But most importantly, I’m going to embrace the distain many of my peers have for me. I’m not going to water down my thoughts, not going to hold back. I’m going to be wrong some times, if not all of the time; but I’m going to be here, being me.
See, blogging is self indulgent and narcissistic.