Thoughts on Blogging, thoughts on me, ramblings

Chris Brooker
February 18, 2011

Hey all,

I know there hasn’t been any new content here for a while. This isn’t because I don’t like writing or don’t like hearing your comments. I just think I’m might have hit a cross roads about it or have lost direction.

Here are the different kind of personal blogs I can think of (I’m not including gawker type blogs which are more news then anything);

Lifestyle – A person blogs about their experiences and usually features a large number of photos of themselves and the odd post about how awesome their life is and what they got for free by blogging. They’ll talk about emotions and relationships. There is nothing wrong with this kind at all, in fact I enjoy a large number of lifestyle blogs. I’ve also done a lot of this myself.

News – someone finds an interesting news article on Gizmodo or Engadget and writes a paragraph summarizing the already summarized blog post about the original article and posts it. They add no additional insight or information. Just repeating the news. I’ve been guilty of this before.

Editorial/Opinion – This is the bread and butter of male bloggers. A typical male blogger can’t post pictures of themselves and get traffic. Usually because they’re not photogenic and women don’t care to look at pictures of men nearly as much as men like looking at pictures of woman. A blogger will pick a subject, often a recent news event or subject and write about their opinion. This happens a lot every Valentines day, it’s a very polarizing subject. If this year you write about your feelings on Valentines day what will you write about Valentines Day next year? If your opinion changes over that year it might be interesting to read how and why your opinion changed but if it stays the same will you just paraphrase the post from the year before?

Business/Niche – These are people who eat, breath, and live their industry. If that industry is marketing, they’re thinking and writing about marketing 24/7. These people are amazing wealths of information and think long and hard about every little detail of the business and are happy to share those insights. They’ve carved out a niche and use the blog to build credibility in the industry so they can hop from agency to agency. These blogs will eventually turn into books and these people will leave the industry and go on speaking tours.

Foodie – Goes to restaurant, takes pictures of food, repeat.

Then there are people like me. I write about all sorts of shit, take lots of photos of myself, rant about products that don’t work, review music, make videos, write about events, repost news I find interesting, write about scientific theories I have.

I suppose I lack a focus, a style, a niche and it’s this unfocus that leads me to not post for weeks on end. I second guess myself and think what I’m thinking is uninteresting. I have nothing to say, I have no opinion. Usually I’m just tired and burnt out from all the other stuff I do.

There is one thing that for some reason I’m never blogged about. Work. I’m a developer, a web developer, .net developer, iPhone app developer. If it involves a computer, I probably know it. I don’t post code samples or answers to problems I struggle through. I often think, hmm, I should start posting those things, become an expert in my field but every time I think that, I don’t. Then I think about why I don’t and this always come to mind “The more you know the more you’re aware of what you don’t know”. So my knowledge makes me aware of how many other people there are that know way more than I.

I considered blogging about my experiences with the iOS SDK and how different it is from .net. Thought I could help .net developers learn the subtle differences of object-c but didn’t get the time. If this is something any .net developers are interested in let me know. I have lots of opinions about that.

I’m going to end here as I’ve hit 650 words and still don’t have a point. Perhaps that is the point. We’re all just trying to get somewhere, some people have a clear definition of where that is, others write posts like this.

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