I just realised that it’s been a little over ten years since I started blogging. Unlike many bloggers who’ve built great online followings or businesses from their blogs, my writing has been sporadic at best.
My first stumbling block was the loss of anonymity. When I started blogging, and writing on forums like Pagalguy back in the day, you were known merely by your username. Somehow the idea that relatives, random acquaintances, potential employers and dates could all read your ramblings online was paralysing in the extreme. I self-censored pretty much everything that was interesting or meaningful.
Later on, when working in a much-reviled industry, I realised that I didn’t really have all that much to say. Much of what I worked on was proprietary and not particularly interesting. The rest was just complaints about the lack of time and sleep.
With everyone now migrating to Twitter and Facebook, it feels like blogs are dying. No one comments on blogs anymore – we prefer to press like on Facebook or hit RT. I’m not trying to be a Luddite, hating on all forms of social media. Thanks to them I’ve actually discovered more great long-form content in recent years than I ever had access to before. But in the process, I seem to have lost the ability to write long sentences, to compose full thoughts and articulate a point of view. I still write regularly for work, churning out a handful of long pieces each week, but in my personal time I limit myself to 140 characters or less.
I’ve been trying recently to resuscitate this blog, with recipes and roundups of things I’ve enjoyed reading, mostly to get myself thinking in full sentences again. Let’s see how that works out.