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About what am I being pedantic?

May 30, 2013

I have been blogging for a while and have found many interesting people sharing their thoughts and their knowledge online.  I enjoy that a lot.  I also enjoy the process of composing my own posts and am delighted when they seem to touch another person.

Lately I have given some thought to the whole blogging process and have come up with the following – The Five Stages of Blogging.  This is offered with much gratitude to the classic developmental psychologists whose influence you will recognize in these descriptions.

Five Stages of Blogging


Infancy – the exploratory phase

  • What is a blog and who are these people?
  • Do I have anything to say?
  • Will anyone read this?
  • Look at what people are writing – I can certainly do this – and better, too!


Launch phase-gaining in dependence

  • Choosing a blogging platform
  • Choosing a picture and avatar
  • Crafting my about page


Angst and inadequacy

  • I spent all this time designing my page why isn’t anyone reading me?
  • Am I not interesting?
  • Could my blog be more attractive?
  • Maybe I would attract more readers if I were more sassy, sexy, vulnerable, assertive, . . . ?


Elation, validation and obsession

  • I have followers!
  • From Malaysia!
  • I received a blog award!
  • I’m thinking I can quit my job and make money at this


 Self-actualization – reality is re-established

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