Today’s submission is from Portsmouth’s perpetual podcaster Ed Ross. Ed hosts two widely-subscribed podcasts; the first is the American-UK show “Geeks & God” – which provides high-level IT discussion with a Gospel message and the second is Twitter-centric show “Blatant Follower Promotion” in which each week he interviews one of his Twitter followers. Ed’s dulcet tones have been described by fans as “Woganesque” so clearly a place on BBC radio beckons soon!
Can you tell us about your experiences of blogging?
I’d blogged in the past, but those blogs never lasted more than a few months. I think the problem was I didn’t feel I had anything much to write about.
That changed when I was accepted as a student on the Youth With a Mission Discipleship Training School in 2008. I wanted to document this and keep others updated too, so I thought a blog would be the best tool. I wanted to blog from wherever the overseas part of the course would be too, and so I was pleased to discover the Posterous blogging system a couple of months before the course began.
Using Posterous made sense as it enabled blogging by email. Given the overseas phase could have been anywhere from Iceland to Timbuktu, it was good to know all I would have to do is find an email sending device and I would be able to update my blog and the readers.
In the lecture phase I blogged daily about what I’d learnt and experienced. During the overseas phase (which was in India), I blogged as often as I could too (which was around once a week).
I was glad I managed to keep blogging. To be honest, I wasn’t very good at keeping a paper based journal, so at least I had something to remember the time by (along with some photos and videos of the course). Go all the way back to the beginning of my blog and read from there onwards to see what I experienced on the YWAM DTS course (which I would highly recommend you go on if you can).
After the course, I got quite busy finding a new job, preparing to get married and dealing with a few other things life threw at me, but now I’m more settled again, I am back to blogging regularly (about the subjects I’m interested in like IT and Christianity), and even produce a podcast, “Blatant Follower Promotion” as part of my blog, where I interview each of the people who follow me on Twitter (so if you would like to be interviewed too, you know what to do).
Things I’ve learnt from blogging:
- Keep an eye on, but don’t get obsessed by, readership figures
- Stay positive
- Ask questions
- Reply to people who comment
- The best tool for the job might not be the most popular at the time