Woo, look at us blogging again!! Just like riding a bike. Except last time I rode a bike which was earlier this year, I was all wobbly and my balance was off and it was not like I remembered it at all. Where were the pink and purpler streamers? Where was the plastic basket with the purple and pink flowers on it? (Answer, back in 1979, along with the banana seat. Man, I loved that bike.)
Anyway, while we’re on the subject of blogging, let’s talk about it in all it’s new and different forms. There are so many ways to get your message out there now: You can be a vlogger on The Youtubes, you can post your stuff directly on Facebook, you can take photos of yourself and put it on Instagram along with a post, you can post 47 Tweets in a row that tell your story in staccato bursts, or you can record your voice and turn it into a podcast. Let’s look at what it takes to get your message out with each of these forms of communicating, shall we?
Vlogging on YouTube: you have to know what you want to say, look presentable while saying it, make sure your background is free of clutter and looks pleasing while not distracting from the subject of the video, which is YOU. Then, while filming, you have to be articulate and engaging and not annoying. Then after filming, you have edit the thing and maybe add sound or insert pictures or text… good gravy, I’m exhausted just thinking about it! WHO HAS TIME FOR ALL OF THIS???? If you posted a video several times a week, my word that would take up so much freaking time, but if that’s your thang, then you do you. But man, I can see how it might take over your life if you let it.
Next up, posting on Facebook: I don’t know, I never wanted my blog to have it’s own page on Facebook because do I really want that guy from high school to comment on my post about perimenopause? I just feel like having my blog on FB would open it up to people who don’t really have an interest in my topics. If you come to my website, it’s because you WANT to know, but if it just shows up in your timeline, you might read it out of curiosity, and comment just because you can, but that opens up a whole can o’ worms that I want no part of. I did try to post links to my blog from my personal page, but it just felt weird, so I stopped. I know some bloggers post exclusively to FB and they’ve made it work, but it just wasn’t for me.
Instagram blogging: See, my problem with this is that I just don’t take enough pictures. I’m a words-girl, not a picture-girl. If I want to say something, I want to come to my keyboard and just start banging out a post, I don’t want to have to take a picture or a video first. Now, I do post personal stuff on IG, but not terribly often and not in the name of my blog. I feel like old-school blogging was replaced by IG blogging and there are TONS of people who are all about it (except for Blogger/Friend Shelley who has some VERY STRONG OPINIONS on what counts as a blog post – hint: IG does not count). I feel like IG is more for aesthetics than for words. I go on IG to look at pretty pictures, not to read 1000 words about yoga or makeup or leggings. But again, if that’s your thing, Get It Girl.
And, *sigh*…there’s Twitter. Guys, I just have never felt comfortable on Twitter. As I stated earlier, I’m a words-girl. Give me aaaaaalllll the room I need to write as much as I need to write and I’m as happy as a bird with a french fry. I hate having to cram my thoughts into 147 characters or whatever it is now (215? I can’t remember). And I really don’t love when someone posts tweet after tweet after tweet trying to tell a story when they could just post a link to, oh I don’t know, A BLOG where they can tell their tale with as many characters as they like. It just doesn’t make sense to me. And also, while I’m at it, get off my lawn!!!
Last up to bat is Podcasting: Full Disclosure – I LOVE listening to podcasts. I have a handful that I listen to when I need to get things done at work. It keeps me focused and on track while distracting me from the sometimes-drudgery I have to do. I do appreciate a good podcast and how easy the good ones make it seem, but if I had to make a podcast? No thank you! So much work goes into a really well done podcast and see point above re: Vlogging. Who has time for this??? The scripting, the editing, the research, the marketing…so much to do! Now having said all that, if say, my sisters or my nieces/nephews, or even my best friends wanted to do a podcast where we just talk and make each other laugh, I WOULD BE SO DOWN FOR THAT because I come from a family of funny people and I have hilarious friends. But it would just have to be a private thing because no one else would get it. WE would think it was hilarious, but others on the outside, probably not – but they might, because as I said, we are blessed with the gift of The Funny.
Blogging is simple and relatively fast and I don’t have to have my hair and makeup done to do it. In fact, right now, I’m in my big sweatshirt and my fuzzy Snoopy pants and my hair looks like I was raised by wolves. And yet, I was able to write this whole post while looking decidedly not-attractive in about a half-hour’s time (or maybe 45 minutes, I didn’t notice what time I started). This is why I stick with my trusty WordPress site, it’s simple, quick, and efficient. I can do what I love while still leaving time for doing other things I love without letting blogging take over my life.
So, am I alone in my opinions here? Anyone want to challenge me on any of this? And please realize, this is all tongue in cheek – if you enjoy vlogging or Instagramming or podcasting, that’s great! Keep on keeping on. 🙂