There’s been a lot of talk lately about the fact that blogs are dying. I’ve been blogging for nearly 10 years but I’m not too worried about it. Whether blogging is dead or alive, I will never stop writing.
Here’s the thing about blogging, the way I see it.
Blogging is a medium for people to do what people do best. For some of us, that’s writing. For others, it’s design. For others, it’s complaining and being dramatic and causing a scene. For others, it’s bringing about social change.
But no matter what blogging has been about for you, here’s the good news: you can still do what you do best, with or without blogging.
Blogging will be a good medium for you while it’s here.
Then, when it’s gone… oh well. You’ll find another one. Because for you, it isn’t really about blogging or no blogging.
It’s about being yourself.
There was a period of time in my life when I let blogging overshadow my love for writing. I worried way more about how much traffic was showing up at my website than I did about saying what I really wanted to say, or about getting better at my craft or about enjoying the art of writing.
I let the little, teeny-tiny, insignificant, stupid bit of attention I got go to my head.
I actually lost my love for the thing I love very most—using words to point the way to something beautiful, something that had been there, and will be there, for a very long time.
Whatever blogging does, writing is here to stay.
I noticed recently how so many of the people I admire most starting writing at a young age. Martin Luther King Junior. Dietrich Bonhoeffer. John Steinbeck. I found this so interesting. Not only can writing have a significant impact on your development, but people who make lasting change don’t worry about fads—what’s coming and what’s going.
People we remember and respect just do their work, no matter what. These writers were always writing, even before it was a “thing”.
As for me, I’ll be writing long after writing is a “thing”.
Not because I’m so amazing, but because I can’t not do it. Because it’s inside of me, and because I realize that when something is inside of us and we keep it trapped inside, we die a very slow and painful death.
I don’t need a huge audience to write. I don’t need a bunch of traffic to my blog. Whether blogging dies or not, you’ll still find me here, doing what I know I was made to do all along.
I hope I’ll find you there, too.
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