On Blogging Daily
Recently, I read A few notes on daily blogging by Austin Kleon. His post came at the perfect time because I’ve been considering doing a daily blogging challenge. Also, I've become increasingly leery of putting my creative mojo toward social media because apps like Instagram distract me from doing deep work.
Kleon made an excellent point in his post:
". . . I became acutely aware that due to the slow (or fast?) decay of social media and algorithm tinkering, the flow wasn’t even doing what it used to do —‘remind people you exist’— and worse, my bits were just getting sucked into a void, an archive that I could download, maybe, but probably never go back and mine for any gold.”
Like Kleon, I feel like most of my social media posts get sucked into a void. I also dislike the algorithms. As a result, I’m not on social media very often. Instead, I’ve been reading books and inspiring blogs like Kleon’s blog and Seth Godin’s blog; both authors made me want to experiment with daily blogging.
Also, Godin has been encouraging folks to blog daily for years. In 2016, Godin said:
“Other than writing a daily blog (a practice that's free, and priceless), reading more blogs is one of the best ways to become smarter, more effective and more engaged in what's going on. The last great online bargain.”
He is so right! Godin goes on to offer more nuggets of wisdom:
“Good blogs aren't focused on the vapid race for clicks that other forms of social media encourage. Instead, they patiently inform and challenge, using your time with respect.
Here's the thing: Google doesn't want you to read blogs. They shut down their RSS reader and they're dumping many blog subscriptions into the Gmail promo folder, where they languish unread.
And Facebook doesn't want you to read blogs either. They have cut back the organic sharing some blogs benefitted from so that those bloggers will pay to 'boost' their traffic to what it used to be.
RSS still works. It's still free. It's still unfiltered, uncensored and spam-free.”
Again, Godin is spot on!
Friends, it’s easy to get into the RSS game, and it's worth your time! Take the website URL that you’d like to read and add it to the feed reader of your choice. Personally, I like Feedly because I’m able to read articles on my phone or desktop. Also, I’m reading so much good stuff that I might revive my weekly happy links segment.
Parting words …
I don’t know how my daily blogging experiment will unfold, and that’s part of the point. It’s going to be a learning adventure! I do know this: I want to bring back a sense of play to my blogging practice, and maybe I'll inspire you to begin a daily creative project along the way!
To be clear, I’ll be blogging Monday through Friday at RowdyKittens.com, and on Sundays, I send a tiny letter to my patrons. If you’re on my e-mail list and don’t want to receive daily updates, it’s okay to unsubscribe or use a feed reader.