Is it for vanity? Is it to have a soapbox? Is it a derivative of the diaries I used to keep when I was a teenager? I expect every regular blogger gets to a point where they start thinking about why they bother.
Brazen Careerist recently ran a contest asking their community about how blogging has impacted their life. Excuses, excuses, but I missed the boat on the contest, but the question still intrigued me. Then Mat reached out and asked the community to fill out a survey on why they blog. And then Simon wrote a very thought provoking post on his new approach to blogging.
All this made me realise that it was high time for me to map out some of the reasons I blog, if only to help me map out a sense of blogging direction for myself. When I started this blog back in August 2008, it was purely to help me fulfil one of my objectives at work – to raise my external profile – and a few of my early posts outline some of the ways I was planning on doing this. But things change. And my reasons for blogging have changed. This blog was a great outlet for me during my extended jaunt to Canada last year and provided me a ‘home’ to share my point of view on advertising & digital marketing, great things I saw, found & heard, as well as to talk about other things completely unrelated.
And, you know what? It’s been nice, this whole blogging lark. I was initially quite daunted by it, but it’s been a worthy challenge. People who take the time to blog and tweet often tend to have very strong opinions and sometimes it’s tough if you have a contradictory point of view, especially when the ‘me too’ folk come along and the voices on the other side try to shout you down. This blog gives me the opportunity to take the time to flesh out my point of view and has led me to conclusions I may not have come to if I didn’t take the time to consider my thoughts.
I was initially quite sceptical about the power of blogging, but no more. My blog is my ‘home’ on the Internet and has become my soapbox. Reading other blogs, commenting and connecting with those bloggers via twitter, email and in real life has exposed me to so many different points of views, ideas, projects and people.
So six months on, why do I still blog? To share a considered viewpoint on things that interest me, to comment on the world around me, to scope out & try to answer some of the big questions, to connect with people who share my views AND to people who don’t and to respond to issues that I’ve read about in other places.
Why do you blog?