A random person online asked me a couple questions. You all might find it interesting to read the exchange.
Jesse asks: How did you manage to get your blog into the public, I’m talking about publicity.
Lee: Do you mean to ask how I promote my blog and make it popular? I don’t do anything except post unique, useful content and make sure that google can search it. I make sure there is no comment spam as well.
Jesse: Okay so your website is unique, which is good don’t get me wrong. Before you knew there were people actually seeing things on your blog, did you ever have the feeling it was quite useless to write?
Lee: That’s actually a very good question. I decided several years ago that I wanted to keep a journal for myself. I also noticed that many of my friends would email me, asking “how are you?”. When I wrote a long reply, I could copy and paste that response for several friends. I just don’t have the time to write a very long response for each friend. So I decided that I would polish up my response and let everyone see it on my website. So now all of my friends can check in and see how I am doing at their leisure. I have to censor myself just a bit so I feel comfortable letting anyone read it, but I feel it is well worthwhile.
Additionally, I like to write in order to remember an idea or story, that way I can tell the story in person easier. It was a no-brainer for me to write the stories for my web audience, because its easier for me to write when I know I have an audience.
Additionally, I like to make notes for myself, reviewing products, reminding myself of good and bad things, and the like. I find it easier to write them if I have an audience than if I am just writing for my own benefit. Hence the reviews and such on the site. I frequently use the search engine on my site to remind me of a product that I’ve used in the past.
In that same spirit, I’ll post my email to you to my blog when I get back from my spring break!
So as you see, it doesn’t feel useless to me, it feels like a natural and helpful extension to my life!
Oh, and it feels terrific every time someone writes a comment saying that I helped them, doubly so when I help someone avoid a scam!