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To Blog or Not to Blog?

That is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the memes and winces of outrageous misfortune, or take jests against a sea of troubles...

When I started this website hoping to boost my exposure and promote my writing, I wasn't sure if adding a blog element would be a great idea or an instant fluke. After all, how professional is blogging? How would it make my site appear and affect my image?

And really... what is blogging?

Hoping to someday channel my inner Carrie Bradshaw, I took to the internet in search of answers.

What is a blog?

Blogs became popular in the mid-1990s. For many people, a blog serves as an online journal and a healthy way to collect ones thoughts and express emotion. As the internet has progressed and expanded, however, blogs have become more curated as they have gained followings. The uses for blogs have gone beyond personal, and 'blogs' run by companies are now a common sight. These blogs are intended to keep consumers up-to-date on company goals, projects, and events.

What is the purpose of a blog today?

Bloggers today may still use online blogs as a form of self-expression. With the rise of other social media and video platforms, written blogs have decreased in volume and popularity, however there still remains an estimated 31.7 million bloggers in the U.S.A. alone. Blogs today are often a broad mosaic of material, including personal stories, opinions, reviews, recipes and more. Longer than a Tweet but shorter than an article, blogging provides a structural method for communication while still allowing room for humor and creativity.

Why should I start a blog?

Since graduating from college, I've kept my ear to the ground regarding job opportunities. In many positions, employers are seeking candidates with experience in publications or social media marketing. Blogging can serve as a powerful example of a candidates ability to gauge audience interest and appropriately tailor online content. Blogging also requires keen time management, creativity, and the ability to organize ones thoughts. Successful bloggers have learned to wield the perfect balance of information, insight, and hilarity. This knowledge takes practice.

What is BITM blog about?

This blog may be an experiment, dear reader, at least in its early days. My intentions are to expand my horizons beyond formal writing styles. What's in it for you, you ask? Access to a library of my personal stories, rises, fails, embarrassing tales, advice, dry humor, half-decent recipes and more. I may never be a Bradshaw, but I'm happy to spill my little moments. Feel free to throw tomatoes in the comment box below!


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