Questioning the Blog

Why am I here? Not in a philosophical “what’s the meaning of life” sort of way, but why am I blogging? I’ve got a million other hobbies (and, honestly, worries) to keep occupied, places to record my thoughts, ways to keep friends and family informed. Why here? Why public? Why now?

I answered a bit of this in my first post here but thought, perhaps, I’d expand a little. Plus, my mind is basically mush this morning (Squirms was up from 1:30 to 2:30 with teething pain) so I have nothing more entertaining or enlightening to talk about this morning. The questions are swiped directly from one of the blogging courses here on WordPress that I couldn’t find when I tried.

Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?

I actually blog publicly and keep a personal journal, though the later hasn’t had much that “here’s what happened today” type entries in quite awhile. My blog is to share things that are happening that I want other people to know about or otherwise feel I can write publicly about (think book reviews). My personal journal is for those things too crazy or not thought out enough or need to be held close for whatever reason.

What topics do you think you’ll write about?

Anything that comes to mind, really. I used to only talk about school and vacations and knitting, maybe venturing into other things. Well, I’m no longer a student so the topic of school will only come up when I reminisce. And vacations and knitting are very likely to appear. But also posts about Squirms (duh), living a DC suburb, food, books, memories from when I was little.

Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

I want to reconnect with friends and family who I don’t see as often but also connect with folks who are not yet friends but are at the same point in their life as me or also love to write or craft. I think we could also use new friends and a connection to old ones.

If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

Mostly a record of what happened over the last year, but also having a dedicated set of folks who I know are out there, reading my posts. The blog is equally for my benefit and for the benefit of others. If I don’t think people are out there reading, I’m likely to quit blogging entirely, losing the benefits I get.

So, fellow bloggers – why do you blog? Fame?  Trying to sell something? Recording your life? To practice writing?

1 thought on “Questioning the Blog”

  1. I’ve been wondering whether I will tell the void why I’m writing. I’ve told a few people but I feel that writing about it would undo its intent or undermine its success. I have verbalized it a few times but no decision yet on whether it will get written down. I’m also not sure if I want to explain anything about the blog like the formatting issues and the obvious absence of people.


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