Why I Blog

Recently, I’ve had a few people ask me why I write this blog. Of course, there’s no one definitive answer I can give. But just the asking of the question has made me sit back and ponder, what’s this all about? Why do I sit down at my computer a few times a week and type some words for the world to see? What was my outlet before this forum existed (or did I even have one?). Here’s what I’ve come up with.

I am a writer.
It’s what I do. Just about everything I do involves writing on one level or another. I write proposals to land new business for our company. I write strategies for our clients. I write content for web sites, videos, and TV shows. I write press releases, communications plans and marketing materials when I’m called on to do so. I write because that’s how I make my living. And considering I almost flunked out of English in the 11th grade, I guess maybe I write because I was told for so long that I wasn’t any good at it. Not a day goes by where I’m not writing. If I wasn’t able to write, I don’t really know what else I would do.  My point is, this blog is a way that I can explore writing on my terms. No editors, except me. No clients to please. It’s what I want to write, when I want to write it. 

I am amazed that this even exists.
In 1996, my older brother showed me the Internet for the first time. He brought me into the computer room, sat me down, and showed me a page of black text on a grey background. I wasn’t overly impressed. Then he told me that what I was looking at was actually sitting on a computer somewhere in Germany. It’s the first time in my life that I can remember being truly in awe about technology. 12 years later, I am still in awe. I’ve been able to carve out a little space here, where I can yammer on and share what’s inside my head with anyone who will take the time to listen. I’ve met and become friends with people from around the world. I can talk with anyone, anywhere, at anytime with the click of a button. The Internet continues to amaze me, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to be part of it. 

I like communities.
My first real industry job was as a producer at a local community access TV station. The content on the station was created mostly volunteers. My job was to facilitate the productions, and to coach and guide the volunteers in the technical and content aspects of their shows. The real stars of the show were the people from the community who created them. Social media shares so many similarities with community access TV. What we were creating back then was user generated content. The station was accessible to anyone who wanted to participate. There were the content creators, who developed and produced the shows, and there were the participants, who would leave their comments on the viewer response line or phone in during a live show. In the social media world, there are the content creators – the bloggers, video bloggers, Twitterers, YouTubers, Facebookers…and there are the participants – who comment and share their thoughts. Sure, the line is a bit more blurred in the social media world, but that’s a good thing. If you ask me, it’s an even stronger community because everyone here is creating and sharing and participating and learning. I blog because I have always been amazed at what communities are capable of. I embrace community, and this blog is one way I can do that. 

What about you?
Those are just some of the reasons I reach out every week through this blog. To the people who take the time to stop by here, I hope that what I write is of value to you. I think everyone has different motivations for blogging. What are yours?

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8 Responses

  1. I think I’m very much like you in this respect.

    I’ve loved writing ever since I can recall – as a kid at junior and high school I’d be writing stories (some got published in the school magazine, woot!).

    I carried that on after school, in that I wrote poems, stories, song lyrics, etc, until it made sense to become a freelance writer.

    I think the reason I blog is two-fold – to share whatever knowledge I may have to whoever feels it’s interesting, and to receive new information back from peers and contemporaries.

    And as a writer yourself, you’ll know how lonely it can get sat behind a desk and computer screen, so the interaction of the blogging and social media community as a whole makes it all worthwhile. :)

  2. I blog for most of the same reasons. I started working up in this piece a couple of years ago and my coworkers were in awe that I, a web developer by trade, didn’t have some kind of personal website. I figured I should get one in a hurry.

    I’m not a professional writer, evident in my informal style and excessive use of expetive but I quite enjoy writing, particularly with that bratty yet somehow informed voice. I’m also a lunatic for crappy movies and know a lot more about them than any one man should. It just makes sense. Somehow I’ve managed to scam more free stuff out of the deal than I ever would have imagined.

    Most importantly, though, I’ve tried many times over the years to become an actual published writer and it’s a complete pain in the ass. The dance that you have to do with gate keeping editors at this or that publication is just not worth the trouble. Not when you can spend a few bucks on a domain and hosting and set up your own shop, thus becoming your own editor. I think that everyone has something worthwhile to say. It’s up to them to get into a groove and actually say it. Blog platforms make it so stupid easy that there is no reason that everyone can’t be expressing themselves without someone in charge telling them that there isn’t a story there or that no one will read what they have to write.

    What’s most important these days with bloggery is that the power is now in our hands. It’s up to us to make it happen and get the word out about ourselves. I certainly did.

  3. Past, Present and Future.

    The past is powerful. The Future is now. Put a camera in front of you and what most want to share with the world is likely your Purpose. I believe if more people figure this out sooner in life, we will have greater brilliance among all.

  4. After 8 years of blogging, I still have no idea why I do it or what motivates me from one post to the next. I really can’t figure it out, so I just do it out of habit now.

  5. Hey Sue,
    Loved reading this post.
    I also blog because I love to write, specifically because writing forces me to think absolutely clearly. Also, it’s hard work to do a well thought-out, linked up, value-adding post – and that’s partly why it feels so good.

  6. Love this post–I do it for the same reasons as you do.

    I read a post yesterday that speaks to this and also to your post on scrambling (love it!):

    http://www.wired.com/entertainment/theweb/magazine/16-11/st_essay

    I hate the idea that all blogging is good for is vaulting you up the Google or Technorati rankings. I couldn’t care less if nobody reads my blogs (for a long time nobody did, and for the most part, barely any do now).

  7. I blog because I can write about anything the way I want to and can say what I want to. I have a business/technology blog, and my motivation for keeping it current is to make sure I keep my first page Google standing when you search my expertise.

    I use a widget, Feedjit, and am always surprised by how people from all over the world find my blog.

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