At twenty-three years old (an age I affectionately like to call “post-teen”), I have officially hit the point at which I have been blogging forexactly have of my life.
Half of my life.
That means, that from this point forward, I will have been blogging for the majority of my life. Let’s take a moment to consider what I’ve learned.
I haven’t always been a “good” blogger - by which I mean, making sure to post regularly, frequently coming up with unexplored/interesting content, or even always using correct grammar. But! Who even cares? Am I right?? Blogging is such a self-important, self-indulgent pursuit, that holding it up to any standard of practice seems unnecessary. Hell, blogging seems unnecessary. Yet here I am, and here so many other thousands are, pouring our souls and dribble and masturbatory thoughts into the Great Abyss of the internet for whoever to see, wherever and whenever they want. It’s very human, to want to be heard. To feel compelled to contribute something finite to our world — and as we’ve learned from countless scandals, once it’s on the internet, it’s hard to take it off. There’s a permanence. Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to it. Maybe not. Like I said, who even cares?
Over the course of my twelve years of blogging, I’ve used many platforms. I currently maintain blogs on three different platforms. Here, for no reason at all, are my pro’s and con’s of each, in order of when I first encountered them:
LiveJournal: We barely have to talk about this. I used LiveJournal from age 12 to 14, and, embarrassingly enough, my eighth-grade thoughts are still available on the web for all to see (remember what I said about permanence?). There aren’t many pro’s to livejournal, unless you’re looking for endless angst and community blogs that talk about t-shirt reconstruction. I don’t know how evolved LiveJournal has become in terms of customizable HTML or CSS, because last time I used it I was a pre-teen and all-around basic-bitch who only knew how to make text bold or italic. I’m definitely not posting a link to my livejournal.
Blogger: I like blogger. It’s a no-nonsense platform that is fairly easily customizable, and has a long history, meaning that most problems you could run into have already been solved by someone at some point. It’s not the hippest platform, but I’m not the hippest girl. We see eye to eye, blogger and me. I buy my own domain names (which I am a huge proponent of, by the way), so I don’t have to deal with the bulky ‘username.blogspot.com’ model. I fucking hate that. Tumblr can get away with it because tumblr is so fucking hip, but I can’t stand that. I’m a minimalist when it comes to design and type, and I feel like having to have ‘.blogspot’ or ‘.tumblr’ in blog urls can really clash with the branding and aesthetic of a blog. But that’s just me. My current blogger blog, which I use for writing (and is almost completely devoid of styling - but I like it that way) is: www.samanthaevelynburgoon.com
Wordpress: When you grow the fuck up, you get a wordpress. Wordpress is a beautiful monster. It’s a bit hard to get the hang of, and is definitely less user-friendly for beginners than any of the other platforms I’m discussing, but it more than makes up for that by being completely (and I mean completely) customizable. Wordpress, like blogger, has been around for a long time, and so most issues that you run into when coding around this platform have been resolved. There are countless forums that talk about developing wordpress blogs, and so with a little digging, you can most always find a fix for whatever wall you run into. I use wordpress for my “professional” blog, in which myself and my writers discuss the Boston art scene. I love wordpress because it allows me to seamlessly incorporate an easy to use blog interface within the larger structure of my art organization’s website. My wordpress blog: www.bostonartunderground.com
Tumblr: This is my tumblr. You’re on it! Way to go. I’ve just gotten into Tumblr this year. All of my coolest friends swear by it. It’s the artsiest, hippest, most fashionable platform that I’ve encountered. I’m impressed with how streamlined it is, and it’s incredibly easy to use for beginners, but something about it just irks me. Maybe because I’m more inclined to read content-heavy blogs, and tumblr just seems like an endless stream of images with no context (my good friend, when seeing my tumblr for the first time, told me I was ‘doing it wrong’ because I wrote too much). Different strokes for different folks. This is the blog I take least seriously, and that’s why I chose tumblr as my platform — I don’t mean that to be insulting, rather, I wasn’t sure if this blog was a passing notion or something I would actually get into in a serious way, and so I wanted to use a platform that requires virtually no set-up time and still looks sleek. Tumblr’s good for that. I still bought my domain name though. Dot Tumblr my ASS.