Year 2010 is coming to and end. It seems like the older you get the faster the years fly by. When I go through my weblog archive which has been around since 2003, I can see a world of difference in my writing and read about stuff I was thinking or doing all those years back.
That’s the one thing I really like about having a personal weblog, having documentation of my past. While it’s not a dear diary type weblog, it is great to read how I have grown and opinions I had back then that are not the same today. Unlike a hand written journal a weblog can be backed up and is easily searchable.
I have always written from a personal point of view, like I’m actually talking to someone sitting in front of me, or at least I tried and still try.
This week there isn’t much noteworthy entries, not that what was published was bad but it is a lot of the same, Christmas wishes mostly. But one entry stood out and it says exactly how I feel about the current state of most websites and weblogs that contain articles and entries.
You aren’t talking to a robot. You aren’t talking to a site crawler, or an RSS feed. You aren’t even talking to an audience, whatever that means.
You’re talking to a real person. Every time.
I cannot emphasis how true this is, personally I click away very fast from weblogs that have pure marketing and SEO focused content. If I don’t feel like someone with a personality and opinion is telling me something I move on and forget about the website. This is why having a good ‘About’ page is important, so your readers know who you are, who is talking to them.
I leave you with Corey Vilhauers insightful entry mentioned above. May 2011 give us all inspiration and passion to keep going with our weblogs and to improve our writing.
A happy new year to all!