“You should write a blog.”
That’s what people told me. I was never sure why. I barely knew what a blog was.
So, I did some research. What I found was, many of the websites I visited were actually blogs. I thought, “Cool. I’m further ahead than I thought.”
But I wanted to find out more. I had no idea about starting one, the mechanics behind it, or much of anything else about it. As you can imagine, there was no shortage of opinions.
I found a few commonalities. It seemed all the prevailing advice boiled down to a few simple, blog commandments.
- Your blog should be focused.
- You have to have a consolidated theme.
- It has to be about something.
- Don’t journal in your blog.
And they all finished in a similar way. It was like the ending of a motivational speech. They wrapped-up in an empowering euphoric sort of way, saying, “Congratulations! Now you have this world-wide reach! Go forth and conquer. The possibilities are endless…
…As long as you follow these rules.”
So if it’s my blog, why do I have to follow your rules?
Some of the blogandments I get. Don’t journal in your blog. It’s not an on-line diary. Okay. Got it. Good advice. You don’t want to know how I woke up feeling, or what I had for lunch. I guess that’s why we have Facebook. (I don’t fully get that one either.)
But I was far less comfortable with the other conventional wisdom. The narrow-focus, common theme stuff. I thought, “Why?”
I have more than one interest. Most of the people I know have more than one interest. So, why can’t my blog have more than one interest?
As I was thinking about the rules, Seinfeld popped into my head. You know, the “show about nothing…”
Yeah, they said that wouldn’t work either.
Seinfeld is the show that broke all the rules. Really, it’s a great lesson in conventional wisdom. It’s far too conventional, and not nearly wise enough.
Seldom do I feel compelled to write about the same thing twice in a row. The same holds true for reading.
I didn’t finish Stephen King’s Pet Cemetery and immediately start looking for a copy of The Shining. I read something else, a different genre altogether.
So, I am going to fly in the face of conventional wisdom. I am going to write what suits me.
If you enjoy it, great! I’m glad. If not, check back. The next one will probably be different.
So, I will write. Hopefully, you will read. Perhaps, just maybe, at least on occasion, you’ll let me know what you think. I’ll look forward to it.