Goals

In all the posts I’ve read about ‘better blogging’ they tell you that you must ask yourself what the goal with your blog is, and that it must have content. I’ve talked about the goal part before … deep down I think I want to re-create what we had in Yahoo 360 … a sense of community, and bunch of online buddies communicating. Now, in hindsight, that seems to be really unique, what happened there, and Yahoo will never know what they missed by shutting it down.

I understand that people seem to be obsessing over blog traffic and statistics, but I don’t get it … what fun is traffic if they don’t say anything? In the other place, while I had the self-hosted wordpress, I had this gadget where you could see where the visitors came from — I don’t have that now, I have the flag counter instead… but I kept looking at that thing and found it very intriguing. They came from all corners of the world, never said a word, and I kept wondering what they thought and how they ended up at my page.

This isn’t just about goals for blogging. A friend of mine … here in Saint John, has a great blog and there she has posted a 101 list … 101 things she wants to do in 1001 days. I don’t have anything like that … I have one thing though: I want to see NYC before I die. That’s not totally out of reach. In a future post, I’ll explain the URL for this blog … i95ride.wordpress, that’s also something that I could have put on my list.

If I’d had a list like that earlier in life, I would have put in something that had to do with self-esteem. Used to have some issues with that and twelve years ago, or so, I doubt I would have had a blog like this online. It took a long time, and a lot of pondering and self-doubt before I even showed my newly won, online buddies a picture of myself. I used to feel that everyone was so much better/smarter than I. There were times when I was really down in the drains …when I could walk in to, for example, a convenience store … some young girl working there, and I would think: ‘I could never be able do a job like that!’ This was until I came to some kind of insight that I’m not better than anyone else, but I’m not any worse either, and I can do anything if I really want to. And more importantly: «You can’t please them all!» It’s still very fragile, though … and there are still times when I have to remind myself of those statements.

Now I sense that I’m getting closer to that thin, red line for how personal I want this to be. I could easily write two thousand words about this and bore people to death, but McDuff is sitting here with a demanding look on his face … wanting me to get off the couch. This is where I found him yesterday and he didn’t even look up at me 🙂

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What?

Before I started this blog, I sat down … in the middle of the night it was … and thought through what I really wanted with it. I got it all down on the About page. This was before I even knew about the WP Daily Post-challenge.

My goal(s) for this blog remain the same after almost four months:

  • Communication. Meeting people from anywhere in the world.
  • Writing can be therapeutic. To ‘make sense of it all’ without getting too personal [that’s a challenge in itself].
  • Honing my English while writing about living in Atlantic Canada, as opposed to Sweden … i.e. to change continent at the age of fifty.

There you have it … three items. One thing that we’ve been talking about here at home lately though … If you want to write for posterity — create a legacy — I honestly don’t know that writing on your own domain is the best way. As soon as you stop paying for the domain name and web space, it will vanish! I’m beginning to think that free WordPress.com would be better for that purpose. Those blogs never seem to go away, no matter whether they get updated or not. I’ve seen blogs that haven’t been updated since 2002 and they’re still there. Something to bear in mind, perhaps … ?!

I’ve had many blogs … I’ve started without thinking it through at all, and the first time I got any feeling for the sense of community was in Yahoo 360 back in 2005. Never forget when I got my first comment from a [then] complete stranger … finding out that there were other people interested in the same things as I! It was marvellous!

While thinking about this blogging project, I also had thoughts about turning into a photo blog but soon decided against it. As much as I love to take photos, I want to write too, so most of the time they’re incorporated into the posts.

These two photos today are just examples of the progress of Spring here in Saint John. There’s still snow in shady places but it’s getting harder all the time to spot it!

To wrap all this up … I want it to remain a blog where it feels like sitting down with a cup of tea or coffee … having a chit-chat — most of the time plain small talk, sometimes more serious.