Just a little over a year ago I started this blog. Its purpose is to post film reviews and the occasional rant if I need a place to vent opinions on “hot button” or topical issues. Beyond that, it’s meant to feed my love of scribbling words and forming them into semi-coherent sentences. Prior to creating this account, I read one blog that is similar to the sort of blogging I have in mind, and it seems to work well for her. After some thought, I became interested in starting to blog. Little did I realize how rewarding it could be or how many people I’d “meet” in the process. Not long ago, one of my friends advised to be careful you don’t become burnt out on blogging because eventually, well, you’ll blog about blogging!
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If I could beg your indulgence, that is the purpose of this post. In the recent months, I have been asked by readers about my inclination to never post personal photos or use a profile picture that is actually of me. After a year of blogging, it seems appropriate to share some of my reservations. The reason being I am a bit Internet shy when it comes to pouring my heart out either on the page or through posting photographs of daily life. Here is why. You may have noticed that my profile images are
either “artistic” shots that can be found in a simple Google search or are a photo shoot image of a television show, celebrity, etc. Growing up, my parents were not into the craze that is the World Wide Web. I used the computer as a young teen but between school, I was allowed certain days to be on-line because of our dial-up costs and program – yes, at one time, you actually had to “dial” in your connection.
As a result once the Facebook age rolled around, my family was not interested in plastering our private life or faces all over a social media site. My decision has carried through into blogging. I’m not going to say that I’ll never post a photo on Twitter but I don’t feel it’s a necessity because from my perspective it makes little difference if I see a person for me to “know” them.
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I read multiple “genres” of blogs. And those that I am most actively interactive with are some of the best around. I can remember thinking at the start that I’d never write anything personal because it’s not my “style.” Little did I realize just how much I could personalize this blog. (Without being a lifestyle blogger.) My motto is that you can still be an interesting blogger and writer sharing everything. Some of my favorite blogs do consist of lifestyle blogging, it’s just NOT for me. You should be able to blog with your own unique style because ultimately a blog is a reflection of you, and your readers should be able to get to know you through that writing.
This has been not only good for me from a creative angle but quite a wonderful journey to take. And I owe it to the people who I meet here and get to know, ironically because of the Internet. Sadly today, another of the motivating forces is also that this world is not one of “innocence” anymore; being smart is the only control we have left. Blogging takes on many faces, forms and styles. I don’t have just one I prefer from a reader’s perspective but I do know what my writing preference is. And in the spirit of being honest with myself that is why my decision remains intact.
What genres of blogs do you prefer? Do you have any reservations about putting your life on the Internet? Share any thoughts in the comment sections, friends!