Why do you do it?
Why do you blog?
I’ve been following this blog and this blog for a bit now. And I’ve been following a couple of editors and agent blogs for several months now. The goal was to get insight into the industry – the publishing industry, if you don’t know what “the industry” means on this blog – and learn about requirements and such for submission of work for representation. I started following the linked blogs because I thought I might benefit – and maybe you too – from learning about the craft of writing and blogging.
When I stop and think about it, though, I realized a lot of the most useful blogs I follow are targeted blogs. They have a specific purpose and intent. They’re focused on a topic and provide either expertise or advice or information on the subject to which they’ve narrowed.
My blog, however, wasn’t started for those reasons. Matter of fact, I didn’t have any reason for starting a blog. I just wanted a place to spew my guts and post some stories and practice putting my words in a place other than on my PC or in a Mead notebook.
I didn’t have anything to say, not really. I don’t have any special insights or information of use to anyone. I thought about offering computer fix tips and tricks, software reviews and such as the focus, but I can’t really afford to do pay software (especially now) and heck, I Google for answers with broken computers nowadays. I’m not an expert there, at least not anymore.
I thought about focusing on devotional spirituality, but then … nah. I don’t have a lot of things to say in that arena either, and if I do, they’ve been said before, and probably better. So skip it. What about football? I love football (this is American football, for my readers from beyond our US borders, not soccer); I know a bit about the game; maybe I could focus on that. Well, I tried it over on my wife’s football blog and it was a lot of danged work. No thanks. And I wasn’t even posting anything new or cutting edge. I don’t have contacts in the sports industry, don’t have any journalistic training, and don’t care that much about the NFL. Yeesh. No thanks; I’ll just watch the games on Sundays from September to February and forget about it the rest of the time.
Oh, and of course, I became huge in south central Asia as a guru for matrimonial resumes. *Sigh* That’s not where I want to go with this blog, though. (My dedicated website for that purpose, interestingly, is very slow with traffic.)
So, what else am I interested in? Nothing deeply enough to be “knowledgeable” about. I don’t have anything I can offer the blogosphere except … well, me. My thoughts, my dreams, my person. And I guess that’s how it’ll stay. (I have my fiction blog for posting my writing; this blog’s not about that either.)
I don’t know why I keep blogging – never mind trying to blog five days a week – but that may not be the case for you. Why do you blog? What makes you want the Internet to know what’s going on with you? Or do you have a targeted purpose for your blog?
Why do you do it? Any reason you know of?
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