Seeing as this is a blog after all, I thought I may as well start talking about my blogging experience so far and why I am here today. While it does form a large part of my business, writing per se, is not my profession. But as most of you already know, no matter what your profession is, effective communications, whether in writing or orally, form a vital part of any business and generally getting things done and making inroads in life, if this is on the personal level, let us just say then also.
I started blogging out of necessity. And would you believe that while the blogosphere has been around for about fifteen years already, it was only about three years ago to the day that I discovered it. Then, we had a design team in to help revamp and modernize our corporate website. Highly skilled were they where technical skills are concerned. They performed both hardware and software upgrades and gave our email accounts and message boxes a more breezy and friendly look.
Stubborn as a mule, pretending not to notice their work, I, in my turn, carried on with my own work, always meeting clients’ high end needs and the deadlines and timelines that came with it. Then one young chap, looking like your proverbial computer geek but very serious-minded, walks up to me and suggests the very notion of blogging. So, needless to say, keeping up my appearances of seniority, I commanded him to; please explain.
After that, when the design team’s work was done and they fulfilled their contractual obligations with us, you could say that this young chap left me to my own devices. But by that time, most of our other younger staff had already caught on, but weren’t entirely interested in the idea of blogging, whether for personal or hobby crafting purposes, or, more importantly, for the daily running of our business. I, however, became more and more curious.
And after several weeks spent researching this no longer new concept, where time allowed me to do this, I was astounded to learn just how many businesses were already blogging. I am not one to get left behind our competitors, in fact, I prefer to keep my slender nose in front, so I instituted a work shopping plan and at the end of this, appointed one of our most eloquent communicators to run our new corporate blog. But, as curious as I still was, I still needed to learn about how to blog and put it altogether by myself.
But where to find the time, I asked myself back then. The perfect moment finally arrived. It would have to have been one of those ferociously dark and stormy nights when the sleet was never ending. More tranquil pursuits in the confines of my country-styled manor seemed futile then. The studious preoccupation with unfamiliar white space and software tools and settings seemed to be idyllic. So, to work I set myself. While I was brought up way before the tech revolutions that most young people are still gushing about today, as archaic as I may appear to be, I never give up.
Here is a typical example. While it took most of you just a few minutes to post your first formulaic Hello World greeting. I spent a few dark nights musing about this. I was pondering on how I would like to make my personal back door entry into the blogosphere. You see, I was already quite a familiarity in the corporate world. Granted, I never did the actual typing, formatting and posting then, but I did dictate my thoughts and terms to my scribe.
I may have said this elsewhere, but generally I regard myself as a reserved woman. But I am also highly opinionated and can sometimes cave in to my well-practiced habit of always being professional and objective with my summations and let emotion and/or sentiment take over. I did some further reading on the subject of blogging and its practices and purposes, generally speaking and focusing more on the personal side of things. Much to my chagrin, and this is something that you may have had pleasant experiences with already, I could truly have a blast and be my own baby, throwing toys and dolls out of my cot if I so chose. I could also be a little more circumspect and treat the world with a little more kindness and care.
Mainly, many of you have no difficulties with this, the challenge was always going to be there for me to be as personal and effectively and uniquely me. It is now good to know that the idea of sharing journal notes with like-minded women is paying dividends for me. It has, and I have to admit this, helped me grow a little taller, as tall as I already am.