Why I blog Picking up on a meme from whiskyprajer, three reasons why I blog:
Because blogging is tangible.
I'm a writer by trade and training. I am a legally trained, diplomaed and vetted an old-school (read: print) journalist. I used to work for a newspaper, where I would write news stories every day. There was nothing more gratifying at the end of the day than to pick up the newspaper, a finished product, and see my byline and stories. I felt a sense of accomplishment, a sense that I had created something that day. And every day I got that feeling. But then I got into other jobs -- PR jobs, management jobs, marketing jobs -- where the tangible, finished product is not often evident (at least not on a daily basis). But by blogging, I can post something daily if I so wish. And like a reporter writing under deadline, the finished product may not be perfect, may not be complete, but hey, at least it's something tangible.
To get some of my thoughts out of my head
and into written form. Oftentimes I'll blog about something that's on my mind, or something I've read, and by posting my thoughts online I can get the jumbled ideas out of my head and in some semblance of order and coherence.
blogging can be a pain, yes. I sometimes feel that there's an expectation that I must post something every day, and that every post must be profound or display my wit or at least link to something else profound or witty. Other days, I don't care. I'll just post something inane, or point to an interesting discussion occurring elsewhere (like this one, and this related one), or take an online quiz and post the results here, or pick up a meme like this one. Whatever I feel like doing. Let's face it: I like to be read. I like to let the cold, heartless universe know I exist, and so blogging is my way of shouting into the abyss.
What about you? Tell me why you blog. Better yet, post it on your own blog and share the link in the comments here.