this question intrigues me and I have some thoughts that I might update when I circle back to thinking about it.
Tom Critchlow (@tomcritchlow)
Have you ever convinced someone close to you to start a blog? What is the most compelling argument that works? Been having a hard time getting those near and dear to me to start blogs and I need a new argument.
Let's ask this another way - what do you think the top barriers are for most people to start blogging?
personal experience: when I had a blog on tumblr, I simply just uploaded content to share with people that I knew IRL/online: instead of having to recap things over and over with people, I could be able to show everything in one go for a conversational ice-breaker, and if it goes viral it's whatever.
there is a practical barrier, and it's one I ran into when I was setting up my personal page, is that since the majority of people who want to use wordpress, github and other [self-owning means of productions], so much of the settings and catering these days are for people who get sucked into making the best e-business card than making good work for one-self, and first-timers are drowning in plugins and themes designed to be all-in-one weird one-shop-stop functionality: stores, META tags for SEO reasons, link 90 social media accounts, insanely impressive galleries that also seem like a dime-a-dozen, over-produced frontend UI.
so much of how various blog hosts advertise themselves, encourages people living a shell-fantasy of what they actually want to do, and to spend hours on [being a brand], overly relying on the opinion of others and projecting self-worth.
the key to overcome this barrier, is to define what it means to have a blog in the first place in this era of the internet, with realizing the mass-saturation of content and the ability/inability to make, or consume said content. the growing power of social media made the free expression of the internet into a digital rat race: the more you make content that appeals to an audience, the larger net wields a profit that basically dictates how you can express yourself.
belated - patreon and social media exists in an interesting ecosystem where, if people didn't rely on the internet to make money, or were forced in a system of living where you have to keep chasing money, the content on patreon, would be content that you'd normally see on blogs. many artists for example, would post a web-presentation of their work on twitter, have a presentable gallery on a furaffinity/deviantart/related site, and the content, normally [progress shots, high resolution artwork, sketches and workfiles and experiences going though the creative process], would show up in patreon. in a sense blogging as a concept is paywalled in terms of appealing to a wide audience.
52 blocks • 2 days ago
Worrying really doesn't do much good. Not worrying is the tough part
One strategy I used for myself is when I started to worry about something, I would write it down. Every time I did, my brain would quickly go "So what am I going to do about it?"
If I couldn't figure out a way to actually have an impact on the thing I was worrying about, as in, no way to change the outcome or influence the result, then the issue just kinda faded away.
The downside is that when I would figure out how I could have an impact, the work involved almost always seemed not worth the effort.
If you find out how to, it's a matter of thinking to yourself, is this what's going to help me personally and what I want to do the most? Or should it be passed on, or at the very least, given to a voice in the community that could help use that for the good fight for you, helping clean something off your plate to focus on something else you deem as important.
I'd say, it's a matter of figuring out, if this matters enough for you to take it upon yourself to tackle. If it's something that means so much to you to get involved. Or at the least, you know what could likely be done, and pass it on to someone as your two cents to help further develop a point and argument against the bullshit.
At the end of the day, it culminates into, what are you able to hold on your plate. Setting the priorities in your life will always be the most important in benefiting yourself.
You focusing on your life does not = ignoring the problem and being the problem.
Learn your brain. Learn your tendencies, habits, preferences.