I get curious about other bloggers, but we don’t ask too many personal questions here at Network Blogging Tips. I decided to start a weekly question. I’ll try to remember to post questions on the weekend, to keep it sort of orderly.
I think we should start with the obvious… So bloggers, how come you started blogging? Forget jobs, forget networks, (unless that is how you started); tell me why you first started blogging.
I honestly never even used computers, except in extreme passing, until I was maybe 22 years old. However, I always kept journals; pretty much my whole life. I have a big stack, so the logging of my world was old school for me. When I was the afore mentioned 22 years old, I was working as a social worker with homeless kids. I was offered a promotion to run a program, but it required computer skills. Which I lied and said I had. Actually, when asked if I could use computers well I said, “Piece of cake.” So, not a total lie. I really wanted the job.
I taught myself all about computers and started using the internet for all sorts of stuff I never knew you could use it for. Finding new info, reading news, and all that good stuff that newbies figure out. I also was teaching myself basic stuff like Word (I was seriously a newbie). I loved that I could write on the computer, and not in some bulky notebook. I started keeping my journals on the computer, then realized I could even keep one in blog style. I still have that first blog, which is yawn inducing and secret. I never give the url because it’s all mine.
A few years later I took a web writing college class for my professional writing minor. My professor made us start real blogs, you know, non-secret blogs; blogs about a decided topic not just ramblings, a blog that other people could see and comment on. At first I was miffed about being forced into a blog. A public blog sounded sort of useless to me.
What I learned was that I loved the whole interaction with others deal, which was missing from my secret blog journal. When the class ended my professor told me I should keep my blog going, or start a new one, because he thought I had one of the best blogs in the class. So I started another blog, just a basic Blogger blog, one that I actually made public. It wasen’t about anything too compelling, but I got comments, met other bloggers, spent all kinds of time on blog sites, and sort of fell in love with blogging as a whole.
I owe that college professor a lot. He sort of changed my world. I might have fallen into blogging some other way, but who knows.
How did you start?