I have blogged in some fashion or another since 2002, since before there were blogging platforms. Yet after all these years, I still get asked, why do I blog? Here are some reasons.
It helps me to practice the art of writing. I don’t consider myself a particularly skilled writer. Practice doesn’t always make perfect, but it can help you improve, and that’s true of writing. The more I write, the more I have an opportunity to get better at it. I’ve gone through several failed attempts at longer-form writing, mainly because the idea of writing so much on a particular topic is so overwhelming and intimidating. But eventually, I hope to become comfortable enough with the process of writing to write those books I’ve always wanted to write. A blog helps keep me going.
It is an opportunity to share a bit about my life. At the risk of sounding narcissistic, this is a big part of why I blog. What I know best is what is going on in my own life, and this frames most of what I write about here. If others are interested in my life, including family and friends, this blog is one way they can readily follow along.
It is a form of therapy. Writing has a way of helping to clarify thoughts and feelings. The discipline of writing blog posts is therefore a bit of personal therapy, if you will.
It connects me with others. One of the beautiful aspects to blogging is that it can spark learning and growth and connection with other people whom I might otherwise never meet. As an avid reader of news and information, I enjoy learning about what is going on in the world and in other people’s lives. Blogging can facilitate that, and it’s a lot more controlled/controllable than diving headlong into social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I gave up all of them almost a year ago and have never looked back. I wrote about this in a previous post.
If you blog, I’m curious to know what motivates you to do it?