Why do you blog? What’s the point?
A friend asked me that a few weeks ago.
And those are excellent questions.
I began blogging for one reason: to get over my fear of public writing. And after almost two years of keeping a blog, I have to say, I don’t think I fear it as much as I once did. In the blogging world anyway. I think it would be a very different ball game if I decide to write a book or if I get lucky enough to get a permanent writing gig.
But, to answer the original questions here are five reasons for me to keep blogging:
1) It’s a challenge!
Gosh, is it a challenge. To figure out what I want to write about, how to write it, who am I writing it for … all contribute to the challenge. There are books and blogs and articles on the right way to blog, the wrong way to blog, and everything between. And I like that. I would even be bold enough to say I thrive on that. I love to write and to figure out what to write and how to write; it all appeals to me.
2) I love to write!
“You are so redundant. We get it already.” That’s what you’re probably thinking. Or even “Boy, how original.” *with a touch of sarcasm*. To which I will reply “It doesn’t change the fact that it’s a reason for me to blog.”
3) To speak up!
As I mentioned, I had this fear of writing to an audience. After I got a handle on that fear, I wanted to be another voice. I wanted to provide the world, whether they want it or not, with another perspective. When I research a topic or google something that interests me, I don’t only look at credible sources. I like to look at blogs, even those who argue for the opposition, to gain an understanding of the bigger picture. Even though I never had a thousand views nor do I have a gazillion of followers, I’d like to think that I do provide another perspective to at least one person.
4) It’s fun!
Gosh, is it fun. I never expected to have this much fun blogging. I’ve met some interesting people in this community as well. Fellow bloggers with similar goals and desires. I don’t know if it’s making me a better writer, but I’m having fun posting and connecting new people. We share our experiences, we support one another, and it’s fun to be a part of that.
5) Because I can.
It’s as simple as that. Ten years ago it wasn’t nearly as easy to get online. It wasn’t nearly as easy to make connections doing things I do best: writing, reading, and entertainment. And now it is. And I’m thankful for that. And since this is a privilege, so to speak, I feel that I should embrace it and just go with it.
And that, my friends, are my reasons in a nutshell.
What are your reasons for blogging?
Do you there is a right way and a wrong way to blog?
(NaBloPoMo 2014, Day 11)
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