I’ve been blogging for 2 years now and it’s been absolutely phenomenal. When I first started the blog, no one ever taught me what to do, nor told me what to say. My voice developed over time and I think this blog has found its own niche.
When Sherri and I decided to get engaged, I proposed having a central website where our family and friends can keep up to date with our whereabouts and our wedding details. Sherri was extremely hesitant at first because of privacy issues, but over time, she broke down and we launched HermanWeb.
I contribute 1/10 the amount of time to HermanWeb than Sherri does. It’s basically her entre into the blogosphere and she absolutely loves it. While at family functions with people we haven’t seen for weeks/months/years, somehow, everyone knows about HermanWeb and they keep up to date with our life. At temple for Yom Kippur, one of my best friend’s father voraciously reads HermanWeb and we had a debate about one of our posts. The word is spreading to our little circle… and it’s exciting.
I received an email this morning from Sherri. From someone who has been in corporate finance for her career with very little to do with technology, this is impressive:
Oh – I checked my analytics and visits and visitors yesterday were higher than sat :) And my readership is spanning the globe too. The number of visitors yesterday equaled the number of visitors I had on Friday.
Why do people blog? For every reason imaginable under the sun. All we did was setup a WordPress blog in our own template (thanks Cristi!) and gave her a username/password to blog from. She took it from there and creates content daily. If you give someone the tools, they can make a difference. We all have voices and humans are inherently social.