The other day, my beautiful wife said to me “Remind me why you write this blog again?”. I stood up with a red face, steam ready to hiss out of my ears, and replied “YOU BL**DY WELL KNOW WHY!”.
Ok I didn’t, and she didn’t. I don’t speak to her that way, and I don’t have a temper. She knows why, she was joking around and I was trying to finish up a post whilst my son was trying to get me to tell him what some pictures in one of his books were. But it got me thinking, Why do I write a blog? Ok so at this point anyone who has read “what the blog is about” is thinking, we know why you write a blog, you are forever blabbing on about it. I say, OK in general terms here are ten reasons for writing a blog, and five for not:
- Writing practice – Speaks for itself, no?
- Keeping your mind sharp – Writing, thinking, writing, hopefully thinking = dying brain cells given temporary stay of absence.
- To make some sense of your own brain – I found that writing some posts, some things became clear that I had not thought of previously. It gave me fresh perspective.
- Putting something out there for someone to read – The world is your oyster assuming someone reads it. But, put it out there and there is the opportunity for someone to do so. Blogging gives you the opportunity to do so.
- The community aspect – You read some blogs, they might read you. You trade some comments. Suddenly you have a blog friend or two. You realise there is much more to this than just the blog, but being part of a community of different minds. You get feedback, encouragement, and different perspectives. If you’re a reasonable blogger, you return the favour where possible. You take it on and grow from it. There would have been none of this without the community aspect.
- Giving the world access to your mindless dribblings – Similar to point four but different. Not only can you put something out, it can be whatever you want, with your editorial control. Want to rant about medical insurance, go ahead. Want to tell everyone what you did yesterday. Go ahead.
- Test your motivation – Maybe you want to see if you can write something larger but need someway to kick start it. See if you can handle the long haul.
- Get the writing itch (back) – Daily writing could be a test as in the previous point, but also will tell you if you want to write, whether it becomes a joy or a slog. You may find it gives you enough to realise that you’re thinking about writing a lot, about different ideas, maybe start some stories or poems. You get the itch.
- To see if you have what it takes – Are you any good at writing in the real world, or only in your head? Only one way to find out. Give it a shot. Let someone read it, try and see.
- To put your creativity out there – Humorous writing, humorous pictures, serious writing, stories, poems, characters, artworks, thoughts, ideas. What ever you can create, you can put out there.
- Takes up too much time – Especially if you have other projects on the go.
- You could use your creativity in other ways – e.g. writing a book.
- The world might not want to hear your opinions on what you had for breakfast, or on underwear and coffee – (I’ve not written about that, I should add).
- Your motivation for it fails and the blog sits there unloved and un-added to – Happened to me with an old blog. Not enough commitment, I removed it.
- You are useless at it – If it is that bad, maybe it is time to go back to the day job.
Ok, ok, so some of the the reasons for not, are a bit tongue in cheek. The beauty of a blog is no-one (husband, wives, partners, accepted) has to read it. You really can post about whatever you want, even a rant can be informative or funny to read. But, getting readers is the one of the fun parts.
Something I missed? Thoughts?
Lexicon word of the day: Portage.