If I started blogging today….the first thing I would do is find out who in the heck named this thing blogging. What is up with that? It is almost as strange as Google. If you don’t know where they got that name, you can Google it. I know the term blog came from combining two words, web and log….weblog…blog. It is makes no sense to me. I don’t write a log. I write stories, essays, informative pieces, and more. I suppose you could refer to it as a log of my writings, but that is really stretching it. This is just my humble opinion. I assume you will now ask me to tell you what I would call it. I would have to do some thinking about that but perhaps we could call it “SWOLing” (Sharing Writing On Line).
I started blogging with Blogger. I started because my friend created a blog and then my son followed with one. I had just created a website and had planned to share my writing there in time. Facebook became a part of my life at that period as well. I still have my website but I don’t really use it the way I had intended.
Blogger was easy to learn and allowed me to post and share with a small group of select people. I wasn’t comfortable sharing yet. I didn’t post regularly and I didn’t have a real idea of where I wanted to go with it.
A friend used WordPress and explained that only amateurs used Blogger. Amateur “whats” I don’t know because almost everyone I know who blogs is an amateur. Published writers may have a blog but it is usually to sell their books. I did not want to be considered an amateur so I created a second private blog on WordPress.
In January this year, I made the switch to using my WordPress account as my main blog. I had a much clearer idea of what I wanted to do. I made my blog public and started sharing it anywhere I could. WordPress opened more doors for different types of readers and I have been very excited about that.
If I started blogging today, I would not have waited so long to share my blog with everyone. Fear held me back. I stepped out of my comfort zone and shared my writing with the world. The world didn’t end, lightening didn’t strike my computer, people didn’t email hate mail and tell me to stop writing, nor did any of the other irrational fears come true.
Did you goggle Google yet? Let me save you some time. Here is what Google says about it, “The name ‘Google’ is a play on the word ‘googol,’ coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner. A ‘googol’ refers to the number represented by a 1 followed by 100 zeros. It’s a very large number. In fact, there isn’t a googol of anything in the universe — not stars, not dust particles, not atoms. Google’s use of the term reflects our mission to organize the world’s immense (seemingly infinite) amount of information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Weird, right?
I am thinking I might just start writing a SWOL instead of blog. Who’s with me?