Monday, 1 October 2012

Twelve Things I've Learned About Blogging

  • You can waste a lot of time if you are not disciplined.
  • You can waste a lot of time if you are disciplined.
  • My spelling is worse than I thought it was.
  • I should have learned typing at school instead of Domestic Science (which was unscientific and best avoided in the home.)
  • If you put the words 'Royal Wedding' in a post, thousands of people from all over the world will read it in 24 hours.
  • If you put the words 'Women Bishops' in a post, quite a few people will read it in a week.
  • If you slave over a really well-informed article on dementia, hardly anyone at all will read it.
  • Do not express opinions about future Archbishops of Canterbury.
  • Shy, unlikely people will tell you wonderful things.
  • People you would not normally associate with write comments that make you think.
  • Something you write in the UK comes across quite differently from how you intended it in another part of the world.
  • There is power in the internet - you can influence people and form alliances for good, and presumably, if you are not careful, for bad purposes. There is a democratic power in social media that ought to make democratic institutions rethink democracy.

1 comment:

  1. I am really quite new to blogging, but I can certainly relate to the spelling and the time points which you made. I am however am unable to comment on the response to writing about women bishops and the archbishop of canterbury!
    I can however comment on the impact and influence that the internet and social media has and am convinced that as long as used carefully and with good intent, it is a power for good, and a really useful tool for spreading the word (in our case) of events, services and news about Fun-Key Church @ St Mary's. 2 days after the Archbishop of York attended our Fun-Key Xtra Service, a couple of well-timed tweets, postings on our FBook page and some kind support from people like yourself and andy ryland (diocesan rural officer) commenting and retweeting, and our Fun-Key Blog received it's highest ever and most widely spread viewings since it's launch a few months earlier. Comments on FBook pages relating to photographs of the day have been made by people who would never normally think to discuss "what the Archbishop said" and that in a time when we are enouraging and trying to make church as accessible to as many people as possible in as many contexts as possible can surely only be a good thing.