One year ago yesterday, October 10, 2009 I posted the first article on this blog. Oh, this is not the first blog I’ve had, nor the only writing I’ve done for online publication. Sometime in 1996 I built my first website, a personal “journal” as they were then called. Since then I’ve tried all manner of blogging, niche, personal and highly opinionated. A couple have reached a page rank of 3, certainly nothing to brag about.
A year ago I wrote a post called everything matters.
Life is like a blog; all parts matter to someone. Bickering about, “content is king” or “if the design is inferior no one will read it” is like saying I like bread but don’t eat the crust. It doesn’t matter whether you like the crust. I have never seen bread baked without crust. It is the nature of bread to have crust. All blogs have design, although some can literally hurt the eyes. All blogs have content, even if you only see “Just Another WordPress Weblog.” This is the nature of blogs.
Now I celebrate the anniversary of this blog. Having written in various capacities for Internet content, I decided this was to be the last blog I would ever do. A year later I have not changed my mind. In fact, the name, WebLog Redux is indicative of what I consider my brain dump, a place where I can write anything – at least for now. I considered a rejuvenation of the desire to write to to just that.
At first I started with what I know best – computer technology and web development. Over the last year I’ve worked up the nerve to approach religion and politics; nothing is more provocative than these things. Here are some things I’ve learned during the year, and from previous blogs I’ve had.
- Most blog writing is either bullshit opinion or tech related.
- Blogging about how to increase your readership is so content redundant it has become content ridicules.
- The chance that you will actually make money by merely blogging is less than winning the lottery. Prove me wrong.
- A name in the social media world means retweets from people who will actually read a blog. But…
- Otherwise, Twitter is not a good promotional tool for a blog. Facebook blows, and is rife with bored adherents.
- The only reason to write a blog is personal enjoyment.
- I hope you find this uplifting. I love satire.
I will be continue to try to post once a week – key is try. For those who read and react to what I write, thank you. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Irish blessings.
May those that love us, love us.
And those that don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles
So we will know them by their limping.