Today, I am so excited.
Like, breakthrough excited so bear with me.
Are Blogs On The Rise? Yes, please come back!
My buddy Jacob Miller sent me this as a screenshot (yes, Wechat links often don’t like so we are all sending screenshots of articles now, crazy world). Thanks for thinking of me Jacob and here’s the article.
And for those outside of China and the Great Firewall – here’s the actual link so you can read it yourself here! (as basically the world wide web is blocked in Chinese internet) Lol…
Although – if they exit Medium will that link keep working? (let’s hope so…)
Ok, back to the discussion at hand – making your OWN BLOG!
What is it Saying?
Basically- the gist is Basecamp is leaving Medium and seems they will be making their amazing content and hard work BACK WHERE IT SHOULD BE – on their own website.
Feels good someone is going back to the roots. Tired of friends telling me to write on Medium and give up on my blog / blogs are dead.
This is so exciting because even last year I was wondering do I keep this blog or not. But home base is so important – and even in 2019 it is.
One of the comments on their blog post there caught my eye and was worth bringing up:
I think both Medium and Signal v Noise are great, and yet it is only natural that the centralisation that has happened in social media over the past decade will devolve. The Basecamp Team has so many strong voices it’s great to see you leading the way in this decentralised direction. As usual, your rationale is coherent, clear and concise. It feels fresh and fun being in a new place.Their Blog Commenter, Rob
Why You Can’t Trust These Walled Gardens
The Medium example is a perfect example – you can’t trust these platforms. They are not really doing it for you – they are doing it for themselves. And when push comes to shove, they will do what they need to do for their investors and themselves – not you as the content creator.
Facebook did something similar – they basically buried the Facebook page updates from people’s feeds – essentially killing all the hard work people did building up the “likes” on their pages – forcing you to have to advertise to boost your own content to those you already convinced to follow / like your page. Crazy isn’t it.
But – you need to realize – they don’t give a hoot about you – they serve their investors.
So just realize this – and realize – that blogs (like this one, yay!) are YOURS. I have ported this site from hosting company to hosting company (currently on hostgator) but I do what I want.
Fun Fact: I Learned from MySpace!
Showing my age here – but I remember using MySpace to network and make deals while hustling on my bar products e-commerce business in New York City!
I saw many people put tons of effort putting their life stories on MySpace only to a few years later get a notice from MySpace everything getting wiped out.
Another reason and reminder I’m so happy I didn’t invest putting my content and heart and soul into that platform like many others did.
Just Checked My MySpace Account..
It still exists (I’m not going to link to it, too embarrassing!) but here is a screenshot. I don’t remember what it used to be – but I know I had more than just 1 photo. Seems all my photos are missing. Plus I think I was more popular than just the 134 friends it says I have now.
Google+ Winding Down
Update: Google+ Is Shutting Its Doors
Just another reason you need a personal blog – Google Plus just emailed my network of Google+ accounts that it is winding down and you have a couple months to backup your data (export as a messy bunch of folders) before they delete everything.
I ran the export, and I was able to recover some nice memories of images I had taken. I don’t even remember how they got there to be honest – but maybe it was a form of what Google Photos is now – something like auto-importing images from my mobile phone into my Google plus account.
Getting these email notifications makes me think of this post and coming back to update it – we can’t trust these third party platforms. They may shut down, they may change their business model (MySpace),
Invest In a Personal Blog
Yes, we need to have money, and we need to spend money and time to make our own website. I know, I know, it is work. It will charge your credit card every month or every year. But think of it as an investment in yourself, your brand, and your own content.
Starting your Blog in 2019?
This blog has become a place where I hope to motivate more content creators to do just that. Sure, keep posting on Medium, Facebook, etc – but still have that home base.
That is why I wrote (and continue to update) an epic “start a blog” guide on this very site. And I am excited to help more people realize they can be a creator, and artists, and that the future is for those who can CREATE.
So stop being a slave to walled gardens who try to commoditize you and build your own blog.
Robots and AI will do pretty much everything soon enough, all we can do is be creative. I’m betting my future on it.
Remember: IT ISN’T TOO LATE!
If there is 1 thing I’d like to end with – yes, we are in 2019 – and YES you can still start from ZERO and build something meaningful.
To put that in context, it was 2004 and I was in a “make money online” seminar (ya, scammy sounding I know) and I – as well as others in the audience – felt it was too late to get into e-commerce!!!!!
The presenter was jumping up and down that there was still opportunity to make an e-commerce store, that it isn’t too late.
Yes, even then I was thinking I was late to get into e-commerce (I was doing just online marketing then).
So it is not too late.
…When Is The Best Time to Plant a Tree? (…start a blog)
I love this quote – and will end the rant for new bloggers to jump on the bandwagon with this:
‘The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is today.’