My mind is on-the-go 24/7. I love studying the past, living in the present, and daydreaming about the future. I zoom in at 10% to analyze the fine details, zoom back to 100% to get a feel for the overall shape, zoom out to 200% to see the big picture, zoom out to 500% to think outside the box, and then zoom back to 10% to ask, “Does the complete package make sense?” This is how I experience the world. I am always thinking. Feeling. Asking. Connecting. Doing.
My desire to share these experiences and connect with others is the main reason why I created this blog. However, new blogger syndrome has kicked in and I find myself asking if a blog is the appropriate vehicle to share a fun experience or express a creative idea. Most of the time, my answer is “no”.
Sometimes it is only appropriate to share my ideas in person. For example, my thoughts about the use of social media in the clinical and research setting were delivered in the form of a PowerPoint presentation a couple weeks ago to a group of peers. (P.S. I have always loved giving presentations, but now I love it even more. Thank you, Toastmasters.) Other times, experiences are best represented in the form of a manuscript. For example, research findings. (Get your bang for your buck!) I am also fond of sharing funny quotes, jokes, and fictional stories on Twitter. I believe Twitter is the best vehicle for doing so because this is a virtual group that has actively selected to receive my updates on their feed. It is also fitting that these experiences are 160 characters or less.
Here is something I haven’t figured out yet. Conference season is quickly approaching and I’m asking myself whether or not it would be appropriate to blog about my general experiences (not nitty-gritty specifics).
/Conversation with myself begins/
Would it be fun? Yes, of course.
Am I limited to a blog? No, I can also use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and all other social media platforms.
Would a blog promote better documentation of my experiences? Yes.
Will a blog require less time than a tweet? No, absolutely not.
I had this conversation with myself several times over the past couple months since the creation of this blog. Hence, the lack of entries. Please don’t look at my blog as a fluttering social media project. It’s just a small sample of experiences I have deemed appropriate to share on this outlet. Which brings me to my main question:
A blog entry a ____ makes the follower stay? What rule do you play by?