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Why Blogging is Hard: The Julie Story

Aidan explained to you guys why blogging is hard for him and told you I would let you guys know why blogging is hard for me. My reasons are pretty different from Aidan’s. I love writing, and it comes naturally to me especially when I get an idea I can crank out the story relativity fast. I love using WordPress but it took me a while to learn all the formatting techniques, I’m still learning actually. The first time I tried to embed a Youtube video it took me way longer than I would ever like to admit.

For me the issue isn’t writing or finding stories (although there are dry spells where nothing really sticks out at me and I write posts about my dog), the problem with blogging is when real life gets in the way. As some of you know I have been in Texas for the last two weeks and will be here for two more weeks. I did okay keeping up with the Keeping It Real section at first but then on June 11th my first nephew was born. Rhodes is absolutely amazing, the perfect baby! My sister and Rhodes were in the hospital for four days and came home last Friday. After that we were all getting adjusted to the new family member and there hasn’t been much time for anything including blogging.

It's exhausting being an Aunt
It’s exhausting being an Aunt

 

I’m okay with that, though. I am so thankful for the community of people that read and like our blog! We are so grateful you guys continue to come back even if we don’t always provide awesome content! But my family comes first, as I’m sure you all understand. Now that things have settled down here in Texas I’ll be posting more frequently, and once I’m back in NYC I will be posting non stop I hope! Thank you all for reading, I think you are awesome :D.

Why blogging is more difficult than I ever thought

History of Geekingitreal

Our blog came about from a variety of different aspects. Julie, who is in charge of the “Keeping it real” section already had her own blog and previously shared her thoughts. I, on the other hand, did not but I became increasingly aware of how important it is to have an online presence, especially in my field! I go to numerous different networking events and I wanted to be able to provide people with a greater insight of me rather than just handing out a business card with an email address. With this in mind I decided to approach Julie with an idea to combine the two and thus geekingitreal.com was born with a really cool logo designed by my rather talented sister Naomi.

Progress

I am actually really pleased with our progress in such a short amount of time. We have done all the right things (I think) and have been indexed by Google as well as getting views from other search engines. Our traffic to the site is gradually increasing and we’ve actually been accepted by Google AdSense already which is a pretty good sign. It shows that our blog is different and original and hopefully enjoyable! Julie is a natural when it comes to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and keeps on getting us hits from strangers all over the world so I nag her to make sure she keeps blogging and this is where the problem lies…

Blogging is hard work!!

Blogging IS hard work. I just had to reemphasis that. As much as we both enjoy writing about causes that affect us and we are passionate about I had no idea the amount of time and effort you need to put into it for it to be worthwhile. Julie’s cousin runs a blog (which you can view here) and she would tell us how she’d often be up at 1am writing articles. At the time I was like “oh wow, dedicated” but now I know what she means and can appreciate what it takes to have a good functioning blog. With everything else that we have going on, trying to maintain a blog as well is difficult. That’s not to say it isn’t rewarding because it is and who knows, in the future that could mean financially rewarding as well, here’s hoping.

I understand that the last two weeks the articles have been few and far between and whilst I am not making excuses, there have been good reasons for this. Apologies though to those who like reading the blog – I do intend on making a real concerted effort to make sure it stays relevant and up to date in the future and from here on in!

I guess I was unprepared for what was in store. I have to stay up to date with technological developments as it’s my field but when you write a blog it’s different. Suddenly you have to research things a lot more and make sure you fully grasp what is being discussed otherwise you look an idiot and the blog becomes irrelevant. Your arguments become dissected in much greater detail so you have to be prepared to back up your statements with authoritative sources. My aim, other than to promote myself (which incidentally sounds extremely superficial and I can assure you, I’m not!) is to try and make varying technologies and the field I work and study in easily understood to the masses.

So for those of you who are considering doing a blog I’d say go for it. It’s worthwhile and very rewarding when total strangers read your articles and comment on how good it was. The caveat though is be prepared for what lies ahead. It’s not as easy as you think! To those that already blog – how do you manage it? Do you have a specific strategy and time allotted to it or is it a case of “as and when”? I’m intrigued to hear other people’s thoughts on this.

P.S. I am sure Julie will have her own story to tell on this as well so keep a look out for that in the future… *UPDATE*: And here it is…

Internet freedoms should be a universal human right

Today I read with great interest and pride that my home country has granted asylum and given protection to an individual from the country of Bahrain. His alleged crime? Blogging!!

Ali Abdulemam, also known as the “Bahraini blogger” was reportedly critical of the Bahraini Royal families crackdown on freedom of expression and took to the internet to express his disgust. The authorities decided to come down hard and he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Thankfully, with help, he managed to escape and the UK is providing him with a safe place to live.

The Human Rights First group, which advocate for Internet freedoms as part of their overall mission to push for International Human Rights, sum it up well when they say: “the Internet and other communication technologies have created unprecedented opportunities to share information, opening up paths for pro-democracy groups, activists, journalists and individuals around the world to organize, and hold their governments accountable“. We as Western nation citizens should do everything that we can to help ensure that every human has the right to express themselves in a free and open way without fear of reprisal.

The Internet is the best resource available to us and it should not be up to any government to decide what and how we use that resource. There are so many examples that show what a positive effect it can have from Tunisia to Egypt, Libya to Syria – all groups one way or another trying to make a better life for themselves with the aid of technology. Would the Arab Spring uprising have happened without this resource available to them? Doubtful, in my opinion. I hope the Bahraini blogger continues to blog and show that ultimately freedom of expression will win.

Many western governments are looking at passing legislation to potentially limit privacy and freedoms on the Internet and that is something that ACLU and EFF, amongst others are vehemently opposed to and with good reason! This, however ,is a whole other can of worms though that requires its own blog so stay tuned!