Why blog?

I am really hoping someone can help me answer this question. I have a blog, yes. But checking the records I see that it has been more than two weeks since the last time I posted anything on THIS page. I posted to another one, sponsored by the church, more recently. But that was because I HAD to. There was an assignment and a deadline involved. This one is purely voluntary and for the life of me, I cannot muster the gumption to do anything with it.

Possible reasons for this might include: 1.) a deeply held doubt that people “out there” in the blogosphere have any genuine interest in a random collection of my thoughts. True, more people than just my wife and mother have told me I am an interesting guy, but really… who isn’t? 2.) My REALLLLLLY slow computer makes the job of getting onto the “WordPress” site and going through the mechanics of posting such a chore that I leave it until “later.” And of course, “later” never comes. 3.) My threshold of what is a “blog-worthy” comment to post is set too high. As I occasionally read other people’s blogs I find myself thinking, “Really? You thought it was important for me to know THAT?” As you can see from today’s comment, that internal obstacle is gradually changing. And finally, reason #4.) I just don’t really understand what a blog is about and what it is supposed to do.

I really hope someone can help shed insight on this question for me. Maybe the best way to answer it is to talk about why blogs are important to YOU. I think if I had some sense that lives were somehow being enriched by the activity of blogging it would rise dramatically on my priority scale. But for now, I am just really stumped.


2 Responses to “Why blog?”

  1. November 18, 2008 at 4:51 am

    Sometimes I blog in to share technical knowledge with (or ask for it from) my professional peers. Other times it’s to share a poignant thought or experience. Still others are to vent. Most of all, it’s a place to log stuff that I don’t want to store in my brain lest I forget it.

    If someone finds it interesting, cool. If not, that’s cool too.

  2. November 27, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    I blog for several reasons: as a spiritual discipline of reflection, as a way of connecting with friends and peers throughout the country, as a way of recording or journaling the happenings of my life, as a way of reflecting theologically on life and the world around me, and like Ian, as a way of making notes/taking record of thoughts and happenings so they’ll be preserved for the future. Whether others read my thoughts or not isn’t ultimately important (though I do periodically enjoy checking my “stats”).

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