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Developing New Ways of Thinking about Blogging

In a recent story on called Back Pain Treatments Can Be Tailor-Made, a comment caught my attention.

Years ago, doctors recommended that patients go to bed and stay there in order to heal. That’s absolutely not the recommendation today. In fact, not moving at all could be the worst medicine. Fishman likens the process to the need to get up and move after surgery.

“The sooner we get people up and moving, the sooner they are able to resolve and get discharged from the hospital. The same for back pain,” he says. “In order for the joints to clean out toxins, feed themselves and regenerate, they need movement to get nutritious fluids in and out of them.”

Fishman says that people often tend to overdo it — or underdo it. People exercise too much and stress their bodies even more. Or they don’t move at all.

The key is to “engage in modest, persistent activity,” Fishman says. “That may mean just walking a little bit every hour while you’re having a back-pain episode, just making sure you’re not sitting in a chair or lying down for long periods of time.”

While on the surface, this appears to be more about back pain and recovery than it is about blogging, but who knows where inspiration can come from and this is my source today.

The old method of thinking about healing a muscle injury, especially a spinal injury, was bed rest. The new thinking is to get up and move around, get exercise. Completely opposite perspectives.

My father is from the old thinking school. In a car accident at the age of 17, and then suffering repeated back injuries over the years, his back is one long scar from the top of his neck to the tip of his backside. He is in pain all the time and thinks the way to heal this is by doing nothing. He’s been doing practically nothing, and in pain, for over 40 years, probably longer.

My thinking is from the new school of thought. I first injured my back when I was six years old, and have had, unfortunately, repeated injuries. I exercise daily so I can be mostly pain free and remain flexible. The exercise strengthens my muscles, making it harder to re-injure.

We’ve had intelligent discussions about this, but he continues to sit still and I continue to move. He continues to live in pain, I live with little pain.

He admits that when he’s had surgery, he feels better after physical therapy, which he calls physical torture. He works hard at it, because he has someone cracking the whip. And he is proud of the fact that they tell him to slow down, take it easy, and not work as hard because he is overdoing it. So he pulls back to a stop, because he thinks he is obeying doctor’s orders.

Is this how you blog? Do you blog non-stop at first, because it’s exciting and fun, and then get worn out because you’ve overdone it?

The key is to “engage in modest, persistent activity”.

Isn’t that the truth with all things? But especially with blogging. The article from the Blog Herald, Going the Distance Building Blog Traffic Through Perseverance”, tackles this subject very well. Long term successful bloggers blog persistently over time, going for the long haul not the short run.

The same can be said about how people think about blogging. Do they think about the long term or the short term when it comes to the blogging industry or their individual blogs?

The schools of thought associated with blogging are also fraught with dichotomy. There are old and new ways of thinking about blogging in this quickly changing and new industry and hobby.

Some claim blogging is a fad, others say that its enthusiasm as plateaued. Others say it is dying, replaced by new, more interactive, social exchange. Others say it is just getting started and who knows where it could lead.

Some bloggers think that blogging should be left to individuals, talking about their lives. Others say it should encompass all free speech and opinions on all matters. Others are concerned about the recent push by corporations into corporate blogging. Others think corporate blogging puts a human face on big business. Some think bloggers are like journalists and should have some kind of rules and regulations to guide, protect, or even possibly restrict, blogging content.

The time comes, in all such endeavors, when “old thinking” will keep some bloggers in their own narrow world, while others move on towards “new thinking” and their narrow world. Those who keep up with the changing trends will hang on the longest.

I’m curious about the schools of thought you have on blogging. Do you think blogging is a fad? Soon to be over and done? Do you think bloggers need to have laws, rules, and regulations? Do you think corporations should have blogs? Why? What are you thinking about blogging? And are you in this for the long haul or the short run? What keeps you blogging?

We need to develop new ways of thinking about blogging and how it relates to our life and our work. If it is to grow as a medium for expression, we need to prevent “old school thinking”, or at least, move beyond it.


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5 Comments

  1. Posted March 30, 2006 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    I’m definitely part of the “new school” when it comes to blogging – I blog about corporate blogging and I work as an editor for the Know More Media blog network. I believe that most businesses should blog, because it allows them to develop personal relationships with their customers and potentially save lots of money on marketing, among other benefits.

    It’s always hard for humans to get out of their comfort zones, but thought is one area where it’s quite important – especially when the pace of change is so fast.

  2. Posted April 3, 2006 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    I sense that blogging is an inkblot test. It’s like picking images from fluffy clouds: what you see is more about you than about what you’re looking at.

    I enjoy tweaking the format. Not everything need be linear. Personal and business can be intermixed. My blogs go with the flow.

    Blogs are nothing more than webpages that are easily created and automatically indexed. After that, it’s like kids used to be with their cars. You can add chrome or supercharge the motor or put on fins — the mods are up to you.

  3. Posted November 19, 2006 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    I think anyone with something to say should have a blog, provided they are good at writing and can entertain the reader. I don’t care if they’re selling their company or telling us about the grand canyon: if it’s interesting I’ll stick around, if it’s not I’m gone. The blogosphere has its own form of natural selection.

  4. Posted December 8, 2006 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    There is a lot of different appilcations. For one thing, why even pay for web hosting anymore. You can pretty much do anything on a free blog these days.

  5. Posted December 25, 2006 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Blogs are good to get things out there in the open for some people. It gives them a forum to express themselves and allow anyone who is interested to get into their world of thoughts.


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