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If you can’t write, don’t?

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Marc opens up the question: “Blogging is Not for Everyone.

I beg to disagree.

Problogging, maybe. Andy Hagans even brought it down to your ability to write.

First, I believe that blogging, though still in its infancy, can be considered within the level of emails and even texting (SMS).

If you compose and email and click on that “Send to All” button, that same act is akin to clicking the Publish button on your blog. Sometimes, the contents of that email may only contain a single line of “Hello!”, a quote or passage you’d like to share to friends and officemates, or even a link to a recent news you’ve just read. You may get a reply, you may not. Your friends/officemates may also forward your email to others.

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Like texting, when you forward a quote or a joke to someone (or a set of friends), you share something by communicating it to them. Again, you may get a reply or not at all. The sms message may be forwarded to others as well.

See, it doesn’t mean that if you can’t correctly spell the line “tnx 2 u!”, you don’t have to go along the SMS bandwagon and call the other party just to tell them “Thank you” instead of texting them. These txtmates had the airwaves as their internet and their Message Box as their feed aggregator.

When the “email” became commercially available, people and businesses claim they don’t need it because they want to “personally connect”. Now, emails have become one of the cheapest ways to communicate with as many people as you can.

And I believe that blogging is just sending an open email to as many people who wants to read that email.

P.S.“I had this old friend who kept on sending forwarded messages almost everyday it got so annoying I really hoped I could un-subscribe to her feeds.”

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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Manuel Viloria
Manuel Viloria
16 years ago

If people didn’t do certain things just because others doubted their skills, a lot of things would not have been invented.

No one would’ve stumbled or bumbled along, no fortuitous accidents would’ve happened.

markku
markku
16 years ago

It is quite unfortunate that we have come to confuse the term “blogging” with “problogging,” which is a totally different beast. Blogging per se is all about communication, which is essential to human relationships. Blogging is simply communication through a non-traditional medium. Now what we try to communicate is another topic, and beyond the scope of our advocacy from keeping a weblog. :)

jobert
16 years ago

The best writing advice I got is from Stephen King: If you want to be a writer, all you have to do is to start writing.

The best blog advice I got is from Chris Pirillo: When you post, keep it short. Keep it pithy. Go straight to the point.

Noemi Dado
16 years ago

Not all bloggers can write effectively but they might have insights that provide unique content. Each blog has its niche. It’s up to the visitor to stay, read, bookmark or leave.

MarcMacalua
16 years ago

I think Andy’s taking the “blog for branding” context. We may not know it, but most people are closet brand managers, always finding ways to improve and strengthen their own brands. From the clothes we wear, to the pictures we have on our Friendster profiles. They tell a story and help position ourselves in people’s minds.

You might say pink blogs aren’t there to sell something, but they still have brand building (or brand destroying) capabilities. It’s like wearing a tacky shirt to a party or sending out an email full of grammatical errors to your boss. If blogs are that tacky shirt, it might be better to wear the tacky shirt for private parties only :)

Aaron
16 years ago

I think blogging is for people who really wanted to, regardless of whether he/she can express himself/herself properly in words.

david llorito
16 years ago

yuga: i agree. but i do think that ultimately only people who are really crazy about blogging will stay as bloggers til the second coming. I could sense that there are millions out there who have stopped visiting their own blog after making their first post. writing indeed is not for everyone. i mean, i met lots of people who think writing is just a waste of time.

Miguel
16 years ago

Perhaps because: desire to problog + inability to write == splogging!

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