Or… when does a blog “Jump the Shark”
This summer has been filled with sporadic wifi, long road trips, and participating in my brother’s wedding. It has made me realize my dependence on good internet connections, as well as my hesitancy to broadcast anything too personal onto the internets. Instead of blogging weekly, I have quietly used Pinterest, Picasa, and Flickr to catalog my diverse outside interests. I have struggled with how to handle this mix of personal and professional–not because I’m afraid of showing myself to the world, but because I have always felt that the best blogs were the most focused ones. Yet, what if this isn’t the case, and I give myself the freedom to explore and express my learnings from all my areas of my life on one blog? Do I allow myself to embrace the messy, unstructured learnings that come from all my interests, or do I just promote one? Is anyone really interested in me and my husband’s RV hilarity (yes, recreational vehicles) juxtaposed with my desire to bike to work everyday/carry as much as I possible can on my bicycle? What if blogging isn’t just about work? What if my lesson in building online community is a lesson in imperfection, confusion, and tagging instead of structure. What if authenticity is the magic touch that binds an online community?
In many ways, this is the same type of dilemma that enterprise community managers and policy writers struggle with. How much community building is too much? When does a topic push away a connection instead of embrace one? These are things I will ponder as I decide how to push myself online