When you started your blog, did you set any goals? Have you achieved them? Have they changed at all?
I came across the words “blog” and “blogging” back in 2006 when I was in second year college. Friendster, the dominant social networking service in the Philippines back then, introduced blogs to their users. Although it was under Friendster (blog-name.blog.friendster.com), it was powered by WordPress.com.
It was optional; not everyone in my friends list made one, but I went ahead and got one for myself. Back then, blogs were seen as literally, “online diaries”. I didn’t want to make daily accounts of my life open to the public. It was mentioned, however, that we could write about our lives or just about anything. I took that and decided to “just write”.
I remember that I was enthralled by the idea that I could write about anything and “self-publish” it on the web. I could write short stories! I could write a manuscript or a book! I could show off my poems! I could do anything — well, within a literary perspective, anyway. I was that giddy about blogging since I was a campus journalist since high school.
Unconsciously, that was my blogging goal: to self-publish all literary works I did for I didn’t think I would be able to become a full-fledged writer. It was a compensatory avenue to preserve some self-esteem by believing that I could have some of my written pieces “published”.
Truth be told, I didn’t last long in the Friendster blogging service. I think I published two or three blogs posts there. 😛 I eventually migrated fully into WordPress.com and never turned back. I did try other blogging services, but I love the flexibility of WordPress.com. I’m happy I was able to maintain this blog up to now. 😀
I am not (yet?) a full-fledged writer, but I was able to self-publish my literary pieces. So yeah, my unconscious blogging goal was attained. And yes, that goal has changed into: blogging and creating content about the interests I value.
If you’re new to blogging, you should have at least one blogging goal to keep you focused. In doing so, you’ll stay long in the blogging realm. Just a reminder. 🙂