11 November 2010
What's Your Gimmick?
As I finished my last bit of homework for the week, I realized it has been months since I spent time just "surfing" through blogs, clicking random links, letting the interwebs lead me on an adventure. I seem to have just enough time to check in at Facebook and check my email before logging into my class and participating in the mandatory discussions. Any other time spent in front of the computer is usually either writing a paper, researching a paper, or doing any number of work related activities. So this afternoon I spent time just randomly clicking through blogs and reading.
The "next blog" button is one of the things I really like about Blogger. Like rolling the dice, you end up at some random blog, for better or worse. I appreciate that these are just blogs written by normal every day people. They haven't made a bunch of money writing about their kids or their dog, they have hobbies and interests, and publish photos, recipes, links to news articles, stories about their families, poetry, you name it, I'm pretty sure someone has a blog about it.
A couple of years ago when I started "seriously" blogging (what does that even mean?), it was just becoming a trend for "everyman" to publish whatever was on his or her mind. It seems these days many people use Facebook for their outlet, maybe because there is less pressure to write something interesting every time, but it also seems that within the blogs that are still out there, everyone has a gimmick. Their blog revolves around something they do, some hobby they have, some thing they are interested in and want to share with the world.
I don't have a gimmick.
In fact, I rarely even have a topic. I just start writing until some kind of idea takes shape, and, for better or worse, ends up posted on the internet.
I have quite often thought that blogging might be "easier" if I had some type of starting point for each post, something interesting or important to say about some topic people care about. But, then I tell myself that "the grass is always greener" because it is in all reality probably easier to just randomly type about whatever I feel like and not be strapped to any one theme or style.
Sometimes, just sometimes, I think it would be cool to come up with some new idea, some gimmick that would catch people's attention and be interesting enough for people to want to come back and read about. It would be nice to be able to use a blog to make a little supplemental income. Of course, then I realize I am one of about eleventy-kajillion people who thinks that.
Perhaps it is just as well that I continue to post blogs that ramble for a while about nothing, and sometimes entertain or amuse the three or four people who drop in and read on occasion. What do you think?