I have in my notebook a list of blog ideas, that I’m slowly working through. One of those ideas is “Why Do You Blog?”
I have to admit that I initially started by copying my friend. She started a blog, so I started a blog. Since then though, her blog fell to the wayside (quite quickly actually), and mine continued. and continued, and continued. That was in November 2008. 7 years and 8 months ago. 1450 posts. That’s quite a lot. I haven’t been the most consistent. There are lots of times that I settled on a schedule that eventually got forgotten. There are lots of times that I went weeks or months without posting.
But why do I do it? The biggest reason is because I love to type. I love the sensation of my fingers flying across the keyboard, and the gentle pressure of the keys. You may have noticed I’m a wee bit of a rambler too. That’s probably inspired by the fun of typing. But mostly I have a long and rambling train of thought.
I’d like to say I have a message I want to get out into the world, but that’s probably not true. It’s more that I have thoughts that I want to get out of my head. As a kid I kept diaries, and blogging is quite a bit like that for me. I don’t have a readership of thousands, so as far as my brain is concerned these thoughts go out into the ether and float around endlessly. I know that I do have one or two readers – maybe not regular ones, but readers nonetheless. It’s always nice when I get a like or a comment. It makes me feel a little more connected to the world.
My final reason for blogging is accountability. You might have noticed that I set myself challenges. For several years now I’ve set myself a Yearly Challenge or two (or multiple). And I find that blogging about it means that I have someone keeping a watch to make sure I don’t cheat.
Of course, there are hundreds of little tiny reasons why I write each blog post, but those are the main ones I guess.
What about you? Do you blog? Why do you blog? Do you read my blog? Why do you keep coming back?