To Blog or Not To Blog

Well I’ve finally given into peer pressure (Thanks Marc and Rob) and started a blog (Not sure what a blog is?  Keep reading for a quick lesson).  To be honest with you, I love to write and I don’t get to do much of it in my current job.  I’ve been helping my husband with his blog and realized how much I miss writing.

However, the decision to blog was not taken lightly.  Some of my friends might think I’m technologically inclined because they never see me without my blackberry and I’d be lost without my computer.  I use it for everything — birthday invitations, Christmas newsletters, yes even yard sale tags — not just email and work.

But the truth is I’m a little slow to jump on the technology bandwagon.  I don’t have a HDTV (much to my husband’s chagrin), or an Ipod.  I don’t use Vista or Twitter.  First, I’m too busy (and maybe too lazy) to deal with all the bugs that come with being the first one in line to try out a new technology.  Secondly, with so much technology out there, I need to be sold on how that technology is going to make my life better or easier.  And it better be worth any money I spend on it!

A year or so ago, my father-in-law asked me what blogs were.  I told him they were just on-line journals — like diaries.  I still believe that it how blogs started, but they have come a long way since them.  Today they are more like a near-real time news brief on topics of interest with the opportunity for readers to discuss.

You can now find a blog on just about any topic.  Businesses use blogs to communicate with their customers (think electronic newsletter, but more frequent).  Other blogs are used to promote or market (check out blogs for your favorite TV shows — some characters even have their own blogs!).  While some blogs concentrate on a particular topic, others cover a range.

This blog will be used, of course, to talk about the topics close to my heart — parenting, toddlers, twins, activities in and around Richmond, family fun, travel, entertainment, movies, my favorite TV shows and current affairs (although by the time I get around to posting on them, they might not be so current).

For those of you also new to blogging — even as a reader — here’s a short tutorial.

You should plan to visit a blog often. Just because today’s topic doesn’t interest you, doesn’t mean tomorrow’s won’t.

If you are too busy (or lazy like me) to visit daily, you should subscribe to a blog.  There are two ways to subscribe to a blog — by email and by RSS.  You can subscribe to this blog by either message in the top right corner.  Email subscriptions appear in your Inbox just like any other email.  For RSS fees you’ll need an RSS reader (like Internet Explorer 7).  Not sure what RSS is, click here.

Comment.  Please Comment.  After each article you’ll find a link for you to post comments.  Bloggers love when you comment.  It lets us know that you are out there and that you are reading.  You don’t have to agree with us, but tell us what you think.  Feel free to comment on someone else’s comments too.  The point of a blog is to start a discussion.

Share my blog articles with others.  Like one of my articles?  Please feel free to email it to others.  Think others in general will enjoy this article, please feel free to post/vote for it at one of the social networks.  Social Networks are like search engines for blogs.  You can vote on your favorite posts.  I’ve listed links to some of my favorite social networks in the column on the right.

If you have your own blog and want to comment in your blog about one of my posts use the Trackback URL to link back to my blog.

Think there’s something I should be covering that I’m not, feel free to email me at vacelts@comcast.net.

That’s about all I know about blogging to date.  I’ll share more as I learn it.  Of course, I hope to see you back here soon.

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6 Responses to To Blog or Not To Blog

  1. It’s so cool that you have a blog! I look forward to reading it all the time. Thanks for the link!

    Marc 🙂

  2. rcrawford79 says:

    Yes, this is rocking, homy…Girl Power, Yeah!

  3. Dori says:

    Im very impressed Brookie, I think Blogs are very interesting..mmmm maybe Ill start one, if and when I find the time.. Ill be back thanks for the link…
    Dori

  4. Diane says:

    i READ YOUR “blog” COMENTARY, IT ALMOST MAKES ME WANT TO DO IT ALSO. bUT AFTER GREAT THOUGHT AND CONSIDERATION, i THINK IT WILL BE VERY CHALLENGING FOR ME TO JUST READ THESE “blogs” AND BE ABLE TO COMMENT ON THEM. i THINK THIS IS A SUPER IDEA AND i AM ENJOYING READING THESE COMMENTARIES. tHANKS

  5. ivan says:

    4.meangoat test

    i READ YOUR “blog” COMENTARY, IT ALMOST MAKES ME WANT TO DO IT ALSO. bUT AFTER GREAT THOUGHT AND CONSIDERATION, i THINK IT WILL BE VERY CHALLENGING FOR ME TO JUST READ THESE “blogs” AND BE ABLE TO COMMENT ON THEM. i THINK THIS IS A SUPER IDEA AND i AM ENJOYING READING THESE COMMENTARIES. tHANKS

    meangoat test

  6. kikbak says:

    that was a good piece

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