I started blogging on Thanksgiving weekend in 2003. I was inspired by an Oklahoma blog I started reading shortly after moving to the state in January. That blog: JMBzine and its owner is now a friend and colleague of mine in several social service and political projects.
Of course, I have blogged very sporatically, and using at least five different URLs and using the following blog tools
* Movable Type
* Wordress again
* WordPress again
It is hard to believe that it has been 5 years (both of Rena’s blogging but also of my friendship with her). Time sure does fly.
Rena’s post has made me think a bit of what I’ve learned about blogging over the long haul. (I started blogging on May 24, 2001, so I’ve been doing this for 7-1/2 years)
I’ll have to give it some thought, but most blog authors who stick with it for a long time do one of three things…
1. They write lots and don’t worry much about editing. (which is mostly my philosophy)
2. They are super dedicated and treat much like a “real” publication (sorta the Okiefunk.com model — most who manage to do this either have lots of free time, are super-dedicated and/or have figured out a way to make money off their blog)
3. They stop and start many times, often reinventing themselves in the process, but they don’t ever give up for very long (I’ve done this some, as has Rena)
I think the key though is to just do it. I wish more people would. It is such an empowering thing to do and has definitely made my life richer.
Also on a sidenote, I took a quick scan through my old mass media grad school term paper, The Blogging Phenomenon: An Overview and Theoretical Consideration. It is interesting to look at for me, because I had only been blogging for a few months when I wrote that paper. I also found it interesting to look at the Mass Media theories discussed in the paper (the 2nd half of the paper). I think I can now say that those theories were in fact pretty descriptive of what happened with the phenomenon of blogging. Blogs serve as both the “agenda setters” but also as news makers who shape not only what is discussed but how it is discussed.