Why Personal Blogging Matters

Posted on March 26, 2022 by Corey Olson

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This is my website, and from time-to-time I feel like writing. After a long enough time of wanting or prompting myself, I often eventually do it. And it gives me great pleasure to add a blog to this personal website. This site is hand-made, using a code developed and curated over years. For the last several years I wanted a blog. Here we are.

Previous personal blogs have all been WordPress based. I hate WordPress. It steals the joy in a personal website - over professionalizing it. It turns blogging / managing a personal website into a chore with updatess, plugins, design and whatever. Constantly trying to figure out third party code. I don't need another thing to think about. I just want to type. I don't want design getting my way, either. So, I am happy to have this site.

But mainly I want a personal blog to document and link to my side or hobby projects. It is hard to incorporate links into my main website, LinkedIn, Facebook or social media profiles. It's important to promote my projects - linking to them for search engines and whatever. But nobody on social media cares (because I don't use them) and I just need a simple way to get those links out onto the web. Personal blogging makes that so easy.

Also, I miss experimenting with topics / posts that catch attention on the web. Across my previous blogs I have had "successful" posts which gain a modest amount of traffic from search engines. This is important for my YouTube hobby, figuring out topics that people are interested in, so I can figure out video topic ideas.

Even so, it is nice to just write and not care. With WordPress hitting me up for tags and categories, word counts and sitemaps. I literally open the text editor, write, and upload. Done. So simple. It's great. More people should maintain personal websites. They are fun, and the web is overly commercial these days. It's a little bit sad. I think personal expression is impaired thanks to social media and prying eyes, "like" measures, etc.