In 1996, I got my first computer. It was a Gateway. You know, the ones with the cow box. Do they still make those?
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Yes. They do.
It was then that I created my first of many screen names, chatted in chatroom for the first time, and started my very first blog.
At first, it was in the form of some kind of notes app inside the AOL system. Over time, I moved on to using Homestead by Intuit.
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Yes, they’re still around.
Between 1996 and now, I started over 100 blog. I have used some to explore ideas, and some to test businesses. As of right now, I run more blogs than I want to admit as most of them are in testing phases, but these are my top three:
This one which is the personal log: hellothisisbarbara.com
A writing blog: notnowimwriting.com
My company’s blog: pilgrimfowlpress.com
But what about those others I mentinoed? Well, there are at five others that are in the testing phase.
Why am I telling you all of this? Because, you might want to start a blog, and I think you should. I also think you should know that I’ve been blogging since 1996, so if this seems easy for me, it’s because I’ve been doing it for 24 years.
Let me ask you a question. Why haven’t you started blogging if you feel like you want to give it a shot?
Is it because you’re afraid someone might read it and think it’s garbage? Let me kill the suspense for you – Yes, someone will think your blog is garbage, and, sometimes, it might actually be garbage. But, it will be done.
Do you think you don’t have anything to write about? Really? Do you have a favorite show, movie, video, book, recipe for green juice? Do you love anything? No? Why not? Answer those questions in writing. Boom. Blogging.
Not every blog post is great. Hell, this one lacks structure, you had no idea why I was writing this to begin with, and, truth be told, neither did I. But, that’s what a personal blog is for. It’s for stretching your legs, stretching your mind, and it asks you to reflect. It asks you why.