I’ve been blogging for a while. I don’t see blogging, yet, as an end in itself. So why do I blog? Here are my ten reasons why I blog, in no particular order. #whyblog?
I started on the Microsoft blog site, I forget what it was called and it doesn’t exist anaymore anyway. That was late at night 7 or 8 years ago. Waiting for systems to quieten down at night so we could start the data update process on the silent, semi-dark 8th floor with the rest of the team 5 floors below me, it struck me I should check this new thing out. Then came Blogger and finally WordPress. finally a year ago I consolidated 3 blogs across Blogger and WordPress into this one.
2. Keeping up with the Jones’
By 2006 plenty of people I knew were talking about it. Colleagues were chattering at meetings. As a one-time techie I did not feel I should be left out.
3. Love of the English Language
I fell in love with the language a long time ago. Extensive drills in grammar through school and a grounding in the classics gave me a tool I could savor and enjoy. My father’s extensive library of everything from Victorian greats, Shakespeare, Tennyson and PG Wodehouse to mystery and crime fiction including Erle Stanley Gardner provided me with an unlimited supply of joy.
4. Love of Writing
I just love to write. Putting sentences together, using words to bring out nuances, to paint a picture, describe an emotion, to bring tears, to enlighten is what I can do and do do to calm me down, to make me feel good. There is no joy quite like the joy of a sentence that just feels right, sounds right and looks right.
Let’s face it. Vanity plays no small part in the rationale that bloggers apply for their blogging. I mentioned in a discussion on a post by Bottledworder that I am narcissistic about my writing.
I think a low level of controlled narcissism is necessary for writers to succeed.
6. A Cause?
No. I don’t have a deep, defining Cause with a capital C. I’m not selling religion or talking about the plight of marginalized members of the global community. I don’t suffer from a terminal disease other than allergic reactions to cats. Oh ok, dust as well. But mentions of cats and kittens causes readership. No one reads about dust. I have made some attempt at commentary on topical subjects, such as politics. These have generally not done well.
I do have a cause with a small c. I’m teaching myself how to write interesting items and provocative posts. It’s a personal cause.
This blog is a year old now in it’s present form. Since then many have come and read, some have commented and become regulars. I even have followers, although some of the “followers” seem to be ghosts whose blog has broken WordPress policies or are selling get rich working from home schemes. Now it is harder to stop writing.
I have learned a thing or two. Dialogues are hard to write. Cats and kittens will see an upsurge in visitors. Recipes work very well. Breaking a long post down logically and making readers come back for more works as well. Blogging more often definitely helps, just like they said it would.
I have tried sharing my feelings with mixed results. Sharing expertise is an area I have not yet got into but would like to. I just don’t have the confidence yet to turn on my other professional job-related blog yet. I’ve read many bloggers who do this well. They’ve taken their core skills and built a blog that teaches. I’m still unsure whether my normal style will work in a technical / professional blog.
When I am not on contract, I work from home and meet no one other than family most of the time. I’m not considered a very social, warm person. In fact, most people think I am introverted. Put me in front of a group of people with a presentation behind me and / or a whiteboard and ask me to speak, however, and I have no qualms about it. I don’t have to resort to “naked-with-black-socks” or any other public speaking ploys. So I have no idea now whether I am introverted or extroverted.
These are my reasons? I’m reasonably sure your reasons will be amongst the ones I’ve listed. Are there any reasons I’ve not considered?