Blogging is a word I haven’t cared to use for several years. It’s a hangup I’ve had to work my way through. The words “blog”, “blogger” and “blogging” were abused so badly at one time, it made me wince to hear any of them.
One day, I looked up “blog” on Wikipedia and I realized I was thinking about it all wrong. Blogging is the same thing as web publishing. A blog can be a “diary” but it can also be an informational site, like mine.
I’ve removed and deleted more articles about blogging than I’ve kept. Many more. What’s left is filed under the “writing” category. The oldest article in that category, which I wrote in 2014, is hardly the first article I ever wrote on the subject.
Blogging about blogging is a boring subject. I’d rather watch paint dry. There will always be rare occasions when some things deserve to be mentioned and today is one of those days. These three things deserve mentions.
I found a list of all the subreddits at Reddit. If you don’t know what Reddit is, I suggest you visit the front page and find out. There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of subreddits on subjects most of us don’t even think about. There’s also a “Not Safe For Work” (NSFW) list of subreddits, mainly adult themes. I doubt either list is complete.
The first list is where I found the Blogging subreddit. According to my Reddit profile, I joined Reddit in January 2019. I sure I read certain subreddits long ago, way back when I was a very prolific blogger at my first (long defunct) website. I posted one comment last month, though I’ve looked through the subreddit many times.
All I can say now is that I need to be more active on Reddit, if only to draw more traffic to this website. I’ll probably post a link to this article sometime after I finish it.
I usually avoid websites that promise to promote web traffic. Most of those I’ve seen were little more than link exchanges. Bloggers Traffic Community seems to be quite different. Perhaps I’ll join after I finish this article.
The main things I have to make clear is I don’t want people feeling obligated to share and I don’t want anyone to feel obligated to click or tap on anything in particular.
I regularly published articles on my first blog, starting with “Blog Drive-By”. They were mini-reviews, too short for Google these days. The Google search engine likes long form articles, more than 500 words at a time. Short articles tend to get removed from their index.
I may start doing mini-reviews again, but each article will have to include more than one site. I don’t think I would do well with full-scale reviews. It’s something I’ll have to think about a lot before jumping in again.
I’m probably going to start using words related to blogging, interchanging them with writing at times. When it comes to a website like this, it practically means the same thing anyway.
If, by the time you read this, I’ve posted a link to this article elsewhere (other than Facebook and Twitter), please feel free to jump in and make any relevant recommendations.