When I started blogging, it was because I had been inspired to “write down” what I was doing. Just as a way of keeping a personal record.
I just wanted to start … something.
At the same time, I discovered that I was actually having to “think” more about things. I found this really inspiring.
A post at the end of last year, by Bjørn Furuknap, led me to question this. In his post, Bjorn stated that if a blogger was offering no real value, then he/she would be better off doing nothing. (I wrote a post about this)
if a blogger was offering no real value, then he/she would be better off doing nothing
To be honest, Bjorn’s post (as well as an older post by Laurence Hart), made me think seriously about the posts I write.
On the one hand, I didn’t want my posts to fall into the “might as well just shut up” category, but I still wanted to use them as a way that I could record my thoughts, or offer tips, or advice.
In fact, this conflict would often prevent me from actually writing anything.
I would start, but then doubt would enter my mind as I tried to work out whether the post was indeed too much of the “just shut up” type.
Seth Godin’s Thoughts on Blogging
Thanks to a tweet, I was lead to a small video in which Seth Godin, and Tom Peters, talks about blogging.
Seth commented that a blog is free, and it doesn’t matter if nobody reads it. What matters is the humility that comes from writing it – the “thinking” about it.
What matters is the humility that comes from writing it – the “thinking” about it.
Wow – when I heard these words, it really brought me back to my original “purpose” for writing.
It’s something I mention in that earlier post – I blog so that I am forced to THINK about things.
Have a look at the video, and let me know … what are your thoughts on blogging?
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There are three main reasons I write blog posts:
1) Gives me a clear focus that allows me to summarise and articulate my perspective on different topics of ECM. I find that the process of writing a blog (which can be quite time consuming) allows to figure out in my own mind how I would summarise a key topic (as per your post, it forces me to think through things). Even if nobody ever read my blog, I would still find it a useful experience.
2) Enables me to get a different perspective on what I write about from other people (peer feedback)… which is really valuable in itself, but also tends to inspire me to think of other angles and perspectives that I wouldn’t have thought of had it not been for the feedback from others.
3) Provides a channel to build connections/network with other people that share common interests, something that will become increasingly important in the new social media enabled world.
Appreciate your input.
Your reasons resonate closely with mine. I hope to connect to people that have the same interests.
However, I’ve got to admit that every now and then I find something that I just want to share with others. Even though, this might include something humorous, I try to keep it within the context of the blog.