I’ve borrowed a blog meme for today. Without further ado… what are the top five reasons why I blog?
Develop a daily creative discipline
I enjoy writing, but I’m not as faithful as I’d like to be about pursuing creative activities on a regular, disciplined basis. Blogging is my commitment to writing daily, 6x a week, just like daily meditation or walking. Sometimes it’s tough to make time or find a topic that appeals. Sitting down and filling a blank page with 250+ words, and often an accompanying image, is a great way to exercise my creative capabilities and keep them limber.
Build my writing skill
My apologies for making a fairly vain statement, but I have pretty decent writing skills. I have a degree in writing, have taught college business writing, and 20 years experience doing a significant amount of business and technical writing. (Except I detest tech writing and find it pretty dang boring!) My blog gives me the chance to build on that writing skill, explore a variety of styles and subjects, and teach myself other approaches to the written word.
Have a platform for learning, philosophies, opinions and news
The probloggers recommend that blog authors pick a primary subject and stick to it to make a blog successful and more widely read. First, I’m not really doing this to gain a wide audience, although I certainly enjoy it when folks read and respond to what I write. I’m doing it for myself; see reasons 1 and 2. Second, I would also be really bored if I were writing about only one subject area. I’d have a whole lot more difficulty coming up with daily topics! I like having my very own platform, audience or no, to talk about my life lessons learned, philosophical insights, thoughts & opinions, current events, and family (and doggie!) happening.
Theoretically the subject for this blog is: “Updates on a Type A driver’s quest to downshift and live an interesting, creative, balanced life. I’ll figure out the journey step by step. My guides are the smug puppies, who think I’m wonderful just for being there.” In reality, the subject is whatever appeals to me after I’ve had my first cup of coffee.
Embrace Web 2.0 technology
I’m a hopeless geek. Learning and using interesting new technology tools is appealing to me. I’m also a big believer in the Web 2.0 trend; the web is becoming user driven. Web 2.0 is a technical/social phenomenon, a new approach to generating and distributing web content itself. It’s characterized by open communication, decentralization of authority, freedom to share and re-use multimedia content, and “the market as a conversation”. Blogging is my way of participating in this renaissance. My challenge is making myself remain on the same blog platform and publishing toolset, and not jumping to newer, cooler technology when I learn more about it, or it becomes newly available.
Stay in touch with family and friends
My blog helps me to stay in touch with family and friends. We have both all over North America, spread from Alaska to the Midwest. I have to admit that I don’t publish a whole lot of family news in this platform, only what I consider to be either thought provoking or of general interest. I do, however, have some blackmail pictures of Ben and Zach that I threaten to publish every now and again, just to keep them on their toes.
Are my top five reasons narcissistic? Maybe. My freedom of speech doesn’t dictate a requirement for anyone else to listen, though. ☺
Most of my blog-friends are rugged individualists – as am I – and typically are not very happy about being tagged with blog memes. So, if this subject appeals to you and you’re looking for a subject to write about – consider yourself tagged! And if not, then carry on.
Thanks to Chris at Nomad4Ever for this blog meme. His is a cool blog – a guy who downshifted, walked away from it all and just… travels.