Ideas of March

So I’ve been catching up on my blog reading lately — Google Reader on Android FTW! — and I ran across two identically-titled posts by Drew McClellan and Chris Shiflett about creating a blogging revival.

  • Write a post called Ideas of March.
  • List some of the reasons you like blogs.
  • Pledge to blog more the rest of the month.
  • Share your thoughts on Twitter with the #ideasofmarch hashtag.

And here I am, with my Ideas of March post.

Why blogs? I love Twitter, but sometimes you need a little extra space to express ideas properly. A few times in the last year or so, I’ve realized after a couple of tweets that I need full sentences, paragraphs, even, and I’ve come back here to expand. (Or to my new web-dev-only blog.)

Maybe there’s a bit of nostalgia, too: 10 years ago next month, I started blogging; on a different domain, but I still think of it as all the same blog. In the early ’00s, blogs were a critical learning resource and social space for me. I would not be where I am, professionally (wherever the hell that is), without blogs.

Ah, I’m not really expressing what I’m feeling, which given the topic strikes me as terribly funny.

Anyway: blogs are great. I like to write in my blog; I like to read what you write in your blog. We should do more of that.