This morning, during my continued attempt to keep a finger on the pulse of all blogs everywhere, I stumbled upon a post titled “What does a blog do in 2014?” at Scripting News, which included this gem of a quote:
Today there are lots of ways to scatter all kinds of stuff to the wind. If you do a search on a person, you’ll get a lot of random stuff, but for most people there’s no single place that represents the person.
So for me, until further notice, my blog is where all my scatterings come together. Usually it’ll just be stuff that I’ve created, but occasionally I’ll point to something from someone else that’s connected to what I do.
That’s an interesting reframing of what a blog is!
My own reasons have varied and evolved over the years. It’s always included elements of accountability, for sure. And when I have a strong opinion opinion, I’ve used blogging to get it out there, accessible instantly and globally — even if in practice, only a couple people read it.
A blog as a story
Something I catch myself doing more and more these days is reading back into my archives. I may never have intended for this blog to be a story, but that’s what it reads like. For one, the story has the fun dramatic device because the reader knows exactly how the story will end before getting into it — and BEFORE the protagonist himself knows what’s going to happen to him.
And not only does the time change as you read along, but the TRUTH changes as well. Ideas I believed about the world as it relates personal finance and ideas I believed about myself were reinforced, figured out (sometimes, publicly on the blog itself), amended, or chucked out the window.
The one place on the web that really represents me
All of that is a great reminder that what I think to be the truth today will likely be something totally different months and years from now.
And so yes, even though I leave information about myself in different profiles across the web like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and so forth, this blog offers the clearest picture of all those facts coming together because it shows my evolution and growth — mistakes and all.
I hope future employers, friends, partners, and others I’ll share a relationship with will forgive the earlier misgivings and instead, step back and appreciate the arc of a personal journey.
Enjoy your weekend 🙂