No ands, ifs, or butts—this titilating title and content isn’t just a naked attempt to get a leg up on my subscriber numbers.
Ironically, just the day before, I was asking myself the very same thing (no, not why didn’t I pick a more sexy blog name… okay, that too!… but primarily, why DO I blog?). Seriously.
And what I came up with at that time was this very-honest list:
1. I don’t know.
2. I don’t know.
3. I don’t know.
4. I don’t know.
5. Honestly, I don’t really know.
That, of course, may go a long way towards explaining why I seem to average about a whopping post or two a month nowadays :-(.
But, to avoid disappointing Vanessa and all 42 of you others who read my blog, I did some more soul searching and came up with a decidedly more interesting list of reasons why I blog, or at least why I think I do.
I determined that I’ve had decidedly different motivations to blog before and after working for Google. And — in contrast with some of the others participating in this meme — apologies in advance for the more-serious / comparatively-boring nature of my answers.
Key reasons why I blogged before becoming a Googler
- While working on my own and quite often working from home, blogging was an additional way of “connecting with the world,” and especially with like-minded geeks.
- On a related note, since I was spending very long hours in front of the computer doing client work, it was also a convenient way of blowing off steam.
- I’ve been passionate about Google for ages, and figured by being a loudmouth about my Google wishes and gripes and such, I might effect positive change :-D.
- As a contractor/consultant/online-communications-mercenary, I viewed my blog as a bit of a showcase. In particular, I felt it was important to demonstrate that I had a basic understanding of online communications, possessed information and also opinions (hopefully even interesting ones!) on a variety of geeky and non-geeky topics, and was, frankly, someone that’d not be too terribly boring to work with. Along those lines, I also viewed it as a bit of a filter; anyone who’d turn up their nose at my online-evident eccentricities was likely someone I wouldn’t want to work with anyway :-D.
Reasons why I still blog
Well, I’m certainly not looking for any consulting gigs nowadays, and when I have Google ideas or gripes or questions, I just walk down the hall or bug a colleague by e-mail or IM. Still, though, I continue to blog (and enjoy doing so) for other reasons…
- It entertains and amuses my friends and I guess others as well. I have good friends all over the world, and they’ve told me that even my lame entries make them smile.
- I enjoy spotlighting geeky hobbies and passions that others might not know much about and might enjoy getting to know (e.g., Lindy Hop) :-D.
- I’ve greatly appreciated what I’ve learned from others on the net and feel that it’s karmic’ly right to share a bit in return (tips, reviews of products and services, and so on)
- I kinda feel obligated to blog. That doesn’t mean I don’t find it fun and rewarding, but there’s also the negative motivation of sorts: I’ve built up a brand, however insignificant and badly named, and invested a crapload of time into not only the content but the infrastructure/design/etc. behind this blog as well (don’t laugh! just implementing that stupid menu above took forever, not to mention the re-templating + importing after switching from MT to EE. Abandon all that work?!!!!!!!)
- I’m inspired by many other bloggers, seeing how much they inform and inspire. The generalist nature of my blog means I’m unlikely to ever become a major blogebrity and I’m rather content with that, but I know that even non-A-level-bloggers wield a power to do good through their writing, however cliched that may sound.
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On that note, I’d like to tap five fine female friends of mine to give their top five reasons that they blog (or thwap me with a wet e-noodle for forgetting that they have already disclosed such info on their blog):
– Erica (“Erica’s Joys”)
– Jen (“Nonsense Verse”)
– Meg (“Little Meg Goes to Grad School” — where I even have a thankfully anonymous guest mention :-P)
– Susan (“Let’s Eat”)
– Thu (“Of cats and code and random stuff” — and birthday girl this weekend!)