Josh Hughes

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Thinking [Blogging] – What is a blog?

In Writing on May 5, 2011 at 9:14 pm


During a conversation with an amazing colleague and friend, I made a seemingly thoughtless analogy, that, once it left my lips, became evident that it was quite profound.

“What is a blog,” I asked.

“Tell me,” she said playing the brainstorming game we quite often do.

“A living thing. It has to grow. It has to go through an awkward teenager period.”

I felt my eyes grow wide and I knew that this would be my next blog post.  What is blogging? [Besides the obvious investment of time and/or money]

It is something that is constantly growing [readership].

It is something that takes on a certain personality or mood.

It is something that exercises regularly [habitual and consistent posting instead of random filings].

While I created this analogy to inspire her to not try and define her blogging ideas so specific in the beginning, it did something even more spectacular for myself.  It gave me hope that the ThinkingJosh blog might eventually grow into a LifeHacker, Break The Illusion, or even an <a title="She is cray cray but I iJustine!

So..I am basically saying that a blog is a living document. [Hope the US Constitution doesn’t get jealous] and that I am going to continue to raise this one. While I had a disappointing amount of readers on Tuesday, my all time high and the anticipation several friends have shared regarding the next post has strengthened my resolve.

Thinking? Leave a comment below and let me know. I can’t read minds 🙂


Thinking [Blogging] – Writer’s block

In Writing on April 12, 2011 at 6:01 am

crushed paper - writer's block - crumpled paper with unfocused background

I waited till the last-minute to write my blog posts for this week.  I actually have 6 or so active ideas for posts, but between settling into my apartment, being social, and now being overcome with a nasty cough, I am unable to fully develop my thoughts.

So. I have drafted a few of the articles and going to let them simmer a little before posting. You should have new words of wisdom by Thursday!

Thinking [Blogging] – Read Read Read

In Life on March 8, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Too much reading.

Giant red books

I have been an avid blog addict since before my discovery of the miracle that Google Reader is. Reading all these blogs has become a problem for my writing.  I am always reading what everyone is writing about: being positive, blogging, fashion, and gadgets.  I need to get my own thoughts out there! Fortunately I’ve gone from reading x number of blogs [I don’t know how many there were, just that it was collecting 1000+ posts a day] to roughly 500 posts a day between all of the blogs. Thankfully, I have a moderately good system in place of speed scrolling the titles and images to vet the ones I want [15-22 a day] but still. Am I really retaining the information? Wouldn’t it be better to publish my own thoughts and start the snowball of developing my online material, publishing and business?

As is my belief with many things, moderation is going to have to be key. That is why this evening I forced myself to walk away from the resumes and cover letters, the blog posts and newsletters, and most of all any social media. Blog written. Posted. Now back to the hunt..