Blaugust officially began yesterday! And when it came time to look at this week and try to figure out what it was I even wanted to accomplish with Blaugust, I wanted to make sure I dedicated a post in here to why exactly I’m doing this and why I’m blogging at all.
After all, as a Twitch streamer and as someone who creates other forms of visual content (mainly on TikTok), a blog does feel a little like it’s coming out of left field. Why a text-based medium when the majority of my other content is so visual?
So before we get into anything else, before we start diving into the rest of this month, let’s talk about that.
As I mentioned before, my content tends to be primarily visual. I play a lot of video games, many of them for the first time, and make sure my reactions get recorded on Twitch. Over on TikTok, I pretend to be a variety of different characters and tell their stories through a combination of audio and accompanying visuals.
So why a blog? Why not start a vlog channel or a gaming channel or something along those lines?
Well, to be honest, I’ve tried in the past, and I haven’t exactly been a fan of it.
When talking at any length about topics, I prefer to have time to get my thoughts in order and put them all together in a way that makes some amount of sense to me. This tends to lead to some form of a script, and whenever I’ve sat down to record that script and looked at the video again later, the scripted bits felt and looked far too forced to me.
And I genuinely did not like it. At all.
You might wonder how exactly that’s different from doing scripted content for TikTok, but to my mind, they’re two completely different things. On TikTok, I’m not myself, but usually playing a character. It’s not me reading the script, but a character just talking and interacting with the world around them.
There’s not only that, but there’s a lot of my own time that goes towards more visual mediums. I can churn out a script or blog post relatively quickly. Filming anything scripted often takes several takes to get right (or, at least, to the point where I’m satisfied with it enough to share it with other people), plus whatever time needed to edit anything.
And yes, I did say editing. When you’re just starting out in the YouTube scene and you likely do not have an editor in your employ, you do all of that yourself.
Writing posts like these often takes a lot less time than trying to put a video together would for me. And with all that in mind, blogging just made the most sense for myself.
Blaugust has been on my radar for awhile now, even more so once I started following a couple of bloggers who actively participated in it over the course of the past few years.
As someone who has spent the past two years telling themselves they wanted to blog again, I enjoyed the concept of Blaugust as an entity.
Is it sustainable for me to write a blog post every day for an entire month after this? Probably not. We’ll see as this goes on.
Is it a way to give bloggers new and experienced a way to revitalize their content and get into the habit of writing blog posts more frequently? Absolutely. And that right there is why I’m doing this at all.
Keep your fingers crossed for me, folks. This may be a bit of a bumpy ride.