Monday, December 31, 2012

It's Almost 2013, Do You Still Have a Blog?



There was a time when blogs were new and hip and happening.

Now to some, saying "I have a blog" is similar to riding around in your Cadillac while everyone is in driving SmartCars.  Except for one thing--while SmartCars are efficient, the Cadillac is comfortable and everyone can ride with you.

Or maybe unlike gas, words aren't a natural resource that we will run out of one day.

Maybe unlike Facebook or Twitter, where we create our lives based on "short content," blogs offer us the opportunity to expand our thought.

We are not limited to 140 characters or a status post where if you write too much, it covers up the final paragraphs with a link that says "more."

No, with blogs, every day is *more.*

But here's the question--

If you have a blog, does it offer you enough to keep it up?  And if yes, what does it offer you?

One reason I like blogs is that before Facebook, blogs were a way of seeing that the person was alive.  Sometimes I'd come to a writer's website and it felt as if there were cobwebs on it-- (c) 2003.  Is this website updated?  Is the person still writing?

A blog was a way to immediately hookup with a person and what was going on in their life.

When Facebook and Twitter came along, a lot of bloggers left to use their time there.

And there is a more immediate satisfaction to Facebook and Twitter.  You post something and people either LIKE it or respond.  Here on a blog, I can post something and wonder if anyone read it, did it make a difference to anyone?  Here, not everyone comments, nor should they feel as if they should.

Facebook became the mini blog.  Twitter, the minuscule blog.

I have both a Facebook account & a Twitter account.  Both are fine and dandy, but what I like about the blog is that I can delve a little deeper into things, I can share more (and I'm a huge sharer).  Plus, there can be a few extra bonuses...

Below are the main reasons I will keep my blog for another year--

1)  Connection -- I feel as if it's another way to connect with people about things that are important to us-- writing, poetry, creativity.

2)  Sharing info -- As a writer, you can feel cut off or out of the loop, I like that I can post things on this blog and they are there forever as resources to myself and others.

3)  Helping others -- One thing that I've always appreciated about this blog is that I can post things here to promote other poets, writers, and artists.  I can promote books and creative projects, websites and journals.  And it all can be found with Google, so if someone is looking for info on something 5 years from now, they can still find what they need.

4)  Free books & things -- I love that people send me books to read and possibly share here.  I also love being able to give away stuff.  I love getting mail, so I always appreciate the things that arrive in my PO box.

5) Your comments and emails-- Sometimes when I worry that no one is reading this, I'll get a note (or check my stats) and realize, there are quite a few of you out there who are listening and reading.  Thank you.  Your notes to me always make me thankful, and I'm thankful that you're thankful.

6)  Documentation -- I love having this public online diary to look back and see what was on my mind and what was happening at the time.

7)  I'm Old School -- I still have a rotary phone and a typewriter.  When it comes down to it, I'm into vintage, I'm into "what was."  So if blogs are old school and something "we used to do," well then, I'm a perfect fit.

So, yes, I guess I will continue blogging at least once a week (I know people still like Confession Tuesdays), so plan on hearing from me at least once a week.  I'll try to keep things interesting... so hopefully, you'll get something out of this experience as well.

Cheers to 2013!



~ Kells

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7 comments:

Maureen said...

Glad you'll still be blogging.

Best wishes for much success in all your writing ventures in the New Year.

Molly said...

I actually have two blogs: one is for my daughter and the son I'll have in February, where I write about being a mama, stretch some creative muscles (as often, parenting becomes a topic in my work), and take lots o' photographs. Family and friends keep up with this blog, which is really a pleasure. I get scolded if it lies dormant for too many days and sometimes by the most surprising people.

I also have a poetry blog, but it doesn't get updated as often. I'm trying to start keeping notes on things like lesson plans and writing prompts, but also news and references to articles I've read and a chance to expand on thoughts on books or news or whatever.

Both blogs are primarily for me, which is why I don't think I'm bothered that blogs are "going out of fashion," so to speak. I can't do these things as well with FB and I haven't touched my Twitter account in forever.

I also keep Balancing the Tide: Motherhood and the Arts | an Interview Project on blogger because it's free and I know how to use it. I pay a little extra so the web address is actually balancingthetide.com, and my sister made a banner and a button, but otherwise, I want it to be about the content and not a fancy webpage. As long as it's clean, and I don't want to pull my hair out, I'm happy.

I'm glad you continue to blog, as some of the bigger poetry blogs have begun to shut down!

Catherine said...

I'm always sad when someone stops blogging and moves to Facebook, because I refuse to be on Facebook, given their terrible record on privacy policies, and changing terms without notice. My own blog has been lagging a bit, I plan to try and address that in 2013. My most popular posts, I find , were posted in the immediate aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake of February 2011, and I don't plan to stage another earthquake to boost my readership! but really, I blog mostly for me - it keeps me writing.
(I like the new banner)

allysonmwhipple said...

Most of the short forms of social networking don't sit well with me. With Twitter, it's that I don't like restriction to 140 characters. With Facebook, it's the TOS and sketchy policies.

I don't blog on a set schedule. Well, I do for a while, and then I don't. And then I do. I just write on my own terms. If someone reads, yay! If not, whatever. I have fun with it. That's what matters.

Jan Priddy, Oregon said...

I'm glad you will still be around here. I am still missing C. Dale, though I see him on FB too.

Mostly I blog because I'm not writing other w=things I might prefer, but also because it's the only writing I get to do just for myself. I work on others' writing so much of the time that it's nice to have a space to write for myself.

Anonymous said...

I am probably too private...I don't use FB, twitter, or blog. Call me insecure, but I feel like my privacy is already breached. Also, I have received so much hate an criticism in my life I detest putting myself out there. Even when publishing a poem in a journal, I dread somebody I know finding out about it. Yet I want to share my writing with strangers. I enjoy your blog, and found it just by googling "Poetry blogs"!

Don't know if there's much hope for a person like me...I'd blog if I could do it all anonymously.

Kelli Russell Agodon said...

Dear Anonymous--

You can totally blog anonymously! In fact, you may be able to say more of your true feeling that way.

I never worry about ANYONE seeing a poem I've written in a journal because as poets, even living our life out loud, we're kind of anonymous. Maybe that's why I like it!

Thanks for your note and glad you found/liked my blog.

All best,
Kells

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