My attention span is perfectly capable, but you’re spamming it. The Internet is not responsible for the lack of attention span. The Internet is responsible for rewarding navel-gazing and self-absorbed prose which no one can read or pay attention to. The writers are not doing a good job charming the audience.
Could I do away with reading big news sites and stick to opinion sites and blogs? Would I become a biased reader? Paying more attention to the things that people choose to respond to could be a huge time saver. Do I really need to know everything else? Is following the Twitter streams of big news sites enough to keep me well informed?
Write to learn about yourself and other things, not because you want to thought-vomit all over your blog. Listen: we all do it! Of course, we’re all navel-gazers to a certain degree because we’re all our own best reference points. The world DOES indeed revolve around us. But the center of gravity shouldn’t show in your published blog post.
The Internet can make you believe that you have a potentially limitless readership, but that concept is simply a false lure that can mess with your ability to produce quality work. Some people succumb to greed, others to lust; don’t be the one who breaks under the weight of wanting to be an Internet celebrity.
If you love a craft, you should practice it, no matter what. Don’t think too much about trends. If you recognize a need for a blog, then you should be the one to start that blog! Just think about how many other people online have the same questions that you do; use social media to find those people and empower the community.
Choosing a blog concept is difficult because your decision sets the stage for the future of your blog. You don’t want to limit yourself by being too specific, but you should try to create and maintain a niche that will help you build an audience of interested readers. The first post will be the most difficult post.
The web has so much potential to be a place where educated, well-intentioned people share constructive criticism with one another. When someone shares an idea or a piece of writing, that person could ask for and access feedback from hundreds of thousands of readers! We could establish mutually-beneficial relationships!
Creative writing demands a different frame of mind than article writing, research paper drafting, and blogging do. But that doesn’t mean someone who does one can’t do the other! The place where you start is just a place to start, and then you work out from that point. The process is not necessarily linear.
One of my favorite professors asked, “What’s the point of doing this if you’re not having fun?”. Remember: she was speaking to a room full of people so determined to cpublish a book that they would drag themselves through miles of mud to do just that. But I will never forget the question she posed.
Have you ever had so much to say to someone but couldn’t tell that person? Have you ever written a letter to someone and then ripped it into tiny pieces? If you answered “yes”, then you’re in luck! The Internet makes it easy for you to write anonymous notes to people who will probably never guess you are writing about them.