A blogging epiphany – trying to remove the stereotype

I started blogging viciously in August 2004. However, I’ve been more offline lately. I was even keeping up with listening to a lot of podcasts, but with nine of them to keep up with, I find myself listening to the shorter ones.

What happened? Basically, I figured how to manage my life more efficiently, and I stopped tinkering to get down to business. For me, business is school, work, coaching, friends, and music (not in order). Right now, my mentality is that when I learn something new, and it isn’t mentioned anywhere else, that’s the only time I’ll write. Now I’m leaning towards content quality, not quantity.

Since blogging is becoming more mainstream, it’s taken a bad stereotype of people who have no authority ranting without any basis of facts and proof. I’d hate for someone to come across my blog, read an entry, and think, “Man, what an idiot! He’s spitting out a bunch of garbage! Blogs are stupid.” Really, I’m not even being sarcastic.

It’s all about networking and creating relationships. To me, blogging is like Myspace for everyone else, except it looks better. 🙂

Oh yeah, this also has to do with the fact that I got the ball rolling with a lot of my friends; they’ve been using services like Flickr and WordPress.com.

How about you? Why do you blog? Do your readers know anything about you?

Tip: If you use WordPress, create an “About” page, then state the topics you’ll be talking about and where you’re coming from. It’ll help new visitors understand whether they’ll want to subscribe to you right off the bat. Quality subscribers, not quantity.

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan works at Automattic. He's also a cat whisperer. Sometimes…a photographer, and card magician.

4 thoughts on “A blogging epiphany – trying to remove the stereotype”

  1. I find your blog full of great advice on computers and insight on many matters whereas most of the blogs I read made me weary of the media. Now I blog (personally and professionally in separate blogs) and hopefully my blog writing places me in the same leagues with people like you, producing quality blogs so strangers can learn from you and know you.

    I added your excellent blog to my blogroll so others may “meet” you through your blog, and enjoy and be enlightened by your blog as I am.

    Keep up the great work Bryan.


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