After reading Kevin Tan’s post on Blog Godown, “How to Write Quality Blog Posts That Engage Your Readers,” I found myself asking myself a simple question. The question: What is a “Quality” blog post? And how does one really write a quality blog post? I haven’t really thought of that question with a lot of heart.
I think that one should first decide what the blog is all about. It’s like deciding on a theme or something. In my case, I started this blog because I initially wanted an outlet for my thoughts that distract me from what I want to do. So far, that has been what I’ve been doing – I’m always distracted. All I know is, I can say pretty much what I want, when I want and it does not really have to matter to a lot of people. To me, it’s more like getting these thoughts out. If someone else agrees with me or gets amused, then all is fine and great. However, if I decide to blog professionally for a business or an idea, I’ll make sure to adopt a different attitude towards it – all pro. Then maybe I’ll worry about real quality if and when that time comes.
Reading about blogging also made me realize that I haven’t really answered the question: Why on earth did I ever start blogging? I know that I used to be “shy” when it came to writing and so much more with actually sharing my thoughts. With the exception of occasional flashes that passed off as ad copy, I never really shared my ideas with anyone and I never thought that I will end up pushing my thoughts out in the internet. Although I have to admit that an external factor triggered my sudden love for “writing,” I cannot trace the reason why I found myself hooked on putting my words online.
I also find it amazing that people do take the whole activity seriously. Forgive me for sounding like I’ve just crawled out from under a rock, but the whole idea of pumping in ideas and content has grown to a point where the whole online world has its share of top personalities and stars. I think blogs have evolved into an alternative source of information for people seeking answers online – there’s still Wikipedia. In the time of instant gratification and affirmation, rest assured that there is a blogger out there who shares the same opinion as you.