September 7th, 2007 - by Golgotha

KatHave you ever watched the show Miami Ink?

I’m a big fan.

Each week the show takes you into the life of someone who’s come to the Miami shop to get a tattoo. I love watching the tattoo artists work up a tattoo and then apply it to the canvas — the person’s body. But, perhaps even more interesting than the tattoos are the people that receive them. Each person provides a little snapshot of their life and why they’ve come to want the tattoo and what it means to them.

Tattoos are as varied as the people that get them.

Not only is each tattoo different, but the reasons behind each tattoo differ from person to person. A look at “Why people get Tattoos?” from Yahoo Answers reveals:

“People get tattoos for millions of reasons, mostly they mark an occasion, an emotion or a period of life.”

“People often feel the need to decorate their body as a way to keep track of events or state their preference for one activity or another.”

Is it me or does a tattoo sound strangely similar to a blog?

A blog is an expression of who you are. It’s a lasting impression on the web of your thoughts and opinions. And blogs, like tattoos, are as varied as the people behind them.

I know that this blog is a direct reflection of who I am. Start with the design — it’s very symmetrical. I can’t really articulate why I like symmetry as much as I do, but I do. I guess it’s like art — you just like what you like. As for the colors, well they come from a certain Big Ten school of which I am a fan. Then there’s the blog’s topics: web-design, web-development, web-promotion and just about anything else web-related. Most people will tell you that you need to pick a niche and become an authority in that given niche. That’s typically sound advice, but you know what — that’s just not me — I am a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type guy; so I didn’t want to limit myself to a single topic. To thine own self be true has to be more important than picking a niche, right? Lastly, there’s the way in which this blog is run — by a team. I am a big believer in being part of a community. But, I will talk about that in a future post…

What does your blog say about you?

12 Responses to “Blogs – The New Tattoo”

1 Jason

I agree with u that picking a niche is not that easy. All those A-list bloggers give that same advice, which I highly doubt.

Hmm, tattoo vs blog ? even though, i have a blog, i won’t try to get tattoo as I don’t wanna hurt myself for trying to have a tattoo and pay a fortune to remove it.

2 ses5909

Nice post mark! I have no idea what my blog says about me and I’m probably better off not knowing!

3 Rob O.

Well, I wouldn’t have made the association between the two, but sure enough, I have both a tattoo (actually 2) and a blog.

Both are a reflection of me, but the tats are in a more abstract way than the blog which is probably a bit more directly representative of my ideas, style, and tastes. But then as much as my blog is a work in progress, so am I…

4 Golgotha

@Jason: The niche of Search-This is web (design, development and promotion). That allows us a big niche – and luckily we have a solid team to be able to pull it off ๐Ÿ™‚

@ses5909: I’m sure the more you look around the more you will see traces of your personality coming through.

@Rob: yeah, both tattoos and blogs allow you to express yourself, but the blog is less painful so that’s the route I took ๐Ÿ™‚

Curious – what’s your tattoo of?

5 TOMAS

Nice post! I like this analogy, although a blog won’t begin to sag when you get old. ๐Ÿ™‚ Kidding aside, you definitely nailed it on the head with the reference to colors and design — I love orange and simplicity.

6 Rob O.

One of ’em is the 2Dolphins logo:

7 ses5909

I would say the blog is more painful. When y ou want a tattoo, you sit there for 20min-a few hours. but a blog, well it can eat at your soul for years…. (sorry halloween is coming :D)

8 Golgotha

@Tomas – long time no see! Welcome back!

@Rob – that’s what I was wondering; so your blogs logo is the same as your tattoo ๐Ÿ˜‰

@Sara – some days it does eat at your soul – other days it nourishes your soul…

9 Jelena

I’m so not fan of tattoos, so I’ll stick to blogging. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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11 justin Jones

Hey i lost my sister in 2005 i already have a tatoo from a friend i lost in 2004 that he drew that i had done when i was 14 and i dont regret it but i know it could of been much better pretty much a prison syle tat. but after that i want my next tattoo to have some meaning and its for my sister so i want it to be perfect. if you could possibly take my idea and draw it up for me i would definitely drive down from michigan just to make sure it would be something i would never be ashamed of getting and i could finally show the respect she deserves. if you could of had the chance to meet her you would understand how important she was to all this bullshit. thanks man for listening.

12 Glenn

Nice post. Yes, they are quite similar. Mine probably says that I’m angry and jaded, but it’s not true, I swear!

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