Here are a couple of thoughts on personal blogging, from some prominent bloggers.
Paul Jarvis, in a recent newsletter, on shifting direction to making his writing more personal:
You may think this slight shift in direction is egotistical or self-indulgent, and you’d be totally right. Blogging is all about folks writing from their own point of view, drawing their lines in the sand around ideas, and working to be as honest as possible about how they show up and how they feel. I’ve had some incarnation of blogging since 1996 and I’m yearning to get back to it.
This trend started a little while ago, but I still like the idea that people are coming to a simpler and more expressive form of blogging that developed in the earlier days of the internet.
From Austin Kleon, who is celebrating 15 years of blogging with enthusiasm and the desire to keep going.
Every time I start a new post, I never know for sure where it’s going to go. This is what writing and making art is all about: not having something to say, but finding out what you have to say. It’s thinking on the page or the screen or in whatever materials you manipulate. Blogging has taught me to embrace this kind of not-knowing in my other art and my writing.
I very much appreciate the idea of writing a blog post to work through your own thoughts. I recently did that in a post about straddling the political fence and staying out of the culture wars, and it really helped me to clarify things that I had been thinking about for some time.