I started “writing online” in the early days of the internet when no one made money from it, and it was a fun experience not yet bastardized by the income aspect of it.
….but then I think: I can STILL just write online without any expectation! I just don’t do it as much.
The problem with writing stuff is it’s hard compared to other mediums:
- It’s really easy to record a quick video.
- It’s really easy to snap a pic and post to Instagram.
- It’s (relatively) easy to write a quick Tweet/X.
- It’s still REALLY HARD to write out a full length blog article.
Also, snapping pics and videos and posting them is a very effective form of storytelling!
In fact it’s often much better to just SHOW AN EVENT than talk about it in a blog post, so naturally “writing an article about an experience” is not the best way to display your experience.
HOWEVER, the thing about writing stuff down is you must:
- Get your brain to dump out all the thoughts, then neatly place them in order.
- You can organize your story, and weave it together really well.
- This written article can become a GREAT video script that’s tight and concise.
- There’s some element of pride in the finished product.
- You can “make something out of nothing.”
Maybe I should do it more….but on a blog like this because people can’t interact with the writing.
On Twitter/X when I publish a thought, it’s implicit that I want discussion or exposure because it’s being blasted to people’s faces and begs for comments/likes.
On a medium like this, it’s just published on the blog, people DECIDE IF THEY WANT TO READ IT, and don’t even have the option to comment on it. This makes it a “safer space” to write without being judged or critiqued too hard about it.
On Twitter/X (while I love it), I am hesitant to post half-baked thoughts because you’ll instantly get fact-checked and skewered, but over here it’s like my own gaurded personal slice of the internet where my mind can wander free.