Why blog?

Now that I have updated this blog for about 8 months, I wanted to take some time to write about why I have a blog. Recently, Lisa Endersby posted “A Blog about Blogging”  on the NASPA Tech KC blog that sparked my reflection. She argues that “we write almost exclusively for ourselves” and I found myself asking…is that true?

I blog for a couple of reasons. First and foremost Lisa’s right, it is for myself. By having a blog I am able to practice and polish my writing skills; I am able to propose ideas and concepts and share it for no one, my mom (I can always count on her!), or the world to read.

Other themes and reasons why I blog are: reflection, connection, & brainstorming. I blog to reflect on ideas as I learn about them. Blogging about my interests allows me to connect to current friends in all parts of the world or new friends who have similar interests. I also use this blog as an avenue for brainstorming, allowing me to articulate my ideas in a written form. Overall my blog is a creative outlet, as Lisa said, a place for self-expression.

Do I also blog for others? Yes, because I blog for positive change, inspiration, and ideas. I hope that my blog posts challenge you, excite you, interest you, and entertain you.

Lastly, I appreciate hearing from one, yes just one, person that my blog post inspired or gave them a new idea. Am I blogging for the world to read? No – but I am blogging in hopes that someone experiences or attempts positive change in their life. 

Do you blog? If so, why? If not, is it something you are interested in starting? Take a few minutes today to think about why you blog or about trying it if you do not already blog.

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