Blogging on the go
I read something the other day which made me think.
Like many other bloggers out there I have blogs which I have followed for ages. They are created by writers who I used as inspiration or a how-to guide when I started out and whose work I still follow and try to learn from. A big one of these for me has been The Londoner. Written by a truly brilliant blogger called Rosie, this is something of a benchmark for personal, lifestyle blogging in my eyes.
Recently she wrote a post – which you can find here – about the importance of blogging on the go. The post was about her laptop and how easy it is to take around with her and work anywhere. It was something I had not properly thought about. But it is a vital part of doing this. Since I set up Millennial Gent for real about six months ago, I think I have written about five posts while sat at my computer in my flat. Most of them are written on the go. As I type this I am sitting in a coffee shop in Ewell.
One of the keys to making a personal blog work is the ability to travel light and work on the go.
I’ve mentioned stylist and general bon viveur William Gilchrist as an inspiration for me before. He has spoken in the past about the variety and freedom which comes from being and NFO – “no fixed office”.
Blogging is very much that taken to its logical extreme.
For many years I have worked off my beloved Apple Macbook laptop. It is a truly wonderful machine which has travelled and worked with me around the world. But it is a 15” powerhouse which is perfect for creating videos and editing photos on. It is not ideal for blogging on the go. So I have invested in a cheap and easy ‘throw in the bag’ laptop which now comes everywhere with me. For what it’s worth it is a Lenovo Ideabook 120s; it’s great if you just want to get online and type, but if you need to store and download lots of stuff then it is no use to you. I carry an 8GB USB with me everywhere and put stuff on that.
So why am I rambling on about this? Well firstly, it’s my blog so I can. But more to the point, I realised that perfection and rigidity are antithetical to the very nature of blogging. The idea is to share what is happening around you. Pictures, thoughts, videos, advice and anecdotes can tumble from anywhere and populate a blog. So you don’t need to be planning and organising and creating picture-perfect content. This is not a book. I am not suggesting blog should be riddled with errors and look rubbish (let me apologise now for any which creep into my stuff, I do proof read this. Honest.) But blogs should be a record you can carry with you and put together as you go along. I have the utmost respect for those who have the time and organisational skill to plot out blog posts and set aside their blocks of time to write, edit and perfect, but I am not one of them.
So if you are more a ‘paintbrush in mouth and hands on hips while surrounded by mess’ kind of person, it does not mean blogging is not for you.
Part of this comes from being the person who wanted to blog for ages and tried to but kept failing. If I have learned on thing in the last few months, it is just get on with it. Grab a computer, pick a spot on the web and start creating. You will learn more by doing it that you do by thinking about it.
Oh, and find a few blogs and bloggers you can learn from. There are some brilliant ones out there.
If you know of any really brilliant ones, please do let me know. And if you write a blog yourself pop a link in the comments.
Happy blogging. Enjoy the adventures.