Monday, 9 July 2012

Blogging? - Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

Ben Franklin said that, except the blogging bit. I'll just HAVE to look him up because I'm thinking it's not Benjamin Franklin, founding father of the United States.

Damn. Now I think it IS. The shame...

 Oooooh, I received a worrying e-mail this morning. The title was '4 REASONS WHY YOUR BLOG SUCKS' from the brilliant Men With Pens website. Do you remember? The one written by a woman who calls herself James Chartrand because she received more credibility as a man. (Ssssssssssssss!)

When I saw it, my heart sank. Do I REALLY need to be made despondent on a Monday morning when I've got a lot of work to do? Do I really need my confidence shot to pieces AGAIN?

I steeled myself and read it. It's the masochist in me.

Gothic Ruin 666, Deviant Art

In actual fact, I didn't come off too were the points:
  1. A lack of authenticity
  2. Share a story not advice
  3. Write for yourself, not others
  4. It's time to change the world
The first three points are self-explanatory. The fourth - "really, there’s just one reason most blogs suck: because they write blog posts instead of changing the world," and "A real blogger understands that each piece they publish should be able to revolutionize somebody’s life. It doesn’t matter what they’re writing about. Hell, it could be knitting for all I care."

I write blogposts AND I strive to change the world. Oh dear, I don't mean to sound worthy and grand, but bringing a bit of humour and lightness into people's day and saying things that other people (writers and horse-riders mainly) can relate to so they don't feel as though they're the only one with that particular gripe or challenge or problem...that's what I do. My little drop in the ocean.

Drops cause ripples, don't they?

And my blog still no doubt sucks but I don't really care.

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