I have to admit; I’m pretty new to this blogging lark. It all seemed a bit too technical for me, so it wasn’t until a cruel twist of fate (redundancy at very short notice) gave me a little bit of time to actually have a go at this fairly recent phenomenon. I expect that most people at first find the whole thing a bit daunting, but once you get into it, it’s really not that bad!
I actually started off by making myself a website – admittedly I started off with a free one but did decide to buy myself a more substantial domain name. They don’t really cost too much. Finally, feeling quite proud of myself, I felt confident enough to have a go at this blogging thing. I think at first I was concerned at how much information needed to be out there, but I soon discovered that you could add as little or as much personal information as you wish and a blog is more of an outlet for thoughts and ideas rather than personal details. Then feeling much safer in my own little corner of this new blogging world, I launched myself into it, adding links, details, ideas, extra pages etc.
Of course it doesn’t literally have to be you own personal diary, not the sort that other people shouldn’t read but on the contrary, it’s a public diary, things you do that you want to share, things you feel other people might like to know or in fact should know, and things that you think might even be able to help others, even if it’s just your little secret on how to ice cupcakes!!
It can really work well in certain situations such as travelling especially, even people who don’t usually keep a diary, do tend to keep one while travelling. This is purely because so many things happen that sometimes photos just can’t capture it all. Besides a holiday diary is one you want to share with the whole world. It’s not only good for showing friends and family what happened on your adventures together with your photos, but posting it on your blog can also make the whole thing into something quite special, it’s more like scrap booking online, it’s one step up from a diary, it makes things come alive more than simply writing in a book would, and it can even prove useful for other people who may be travelling to the same place as you.
Think how many people you give your travel tips to when you return or when you discover someone else is making that same trip, these bits of information, although they may seem a little insignificant may even save someone’s trip from disaster, even if it’s just making sure you let someone know to double check that their luggage is actually on a small plane from Kenya to Zanzibar!!!! By word of mouth you could help maybe a handful of people avoid any mistakes you made, now imagine putting that information global. You could help thousands of people enjoy their holidays more just because you chose to impart a tiny helpful piece of information, no matter how insignificant you may feel it is.
It’s not only travel that it works well for of course, but would also be useful for recording hobbies, club activities etc. This way it’s a public diary used for relaying information to other members or other people who share the same hobby as you. Of course the best part is that it’s interactive, you can add as many or as few gadgets onto your blog as you want, giving readers the chance to ask questions, post comments or even become a follower.