I’m an avid blogger who’s been writing things like a blog, off and on, for a few years now. I’m not a very successful or accomplished blogger, and largely because of this, I give up and move on. However, I think it’s important to remember that I’ve been writing “off and on”. Stopping, but always coming back. The fact that I’m writing this post proves that I’m in the blogosphere. This means that there has to be a reason for it. Today, I examine why I blog, and why you should start your own.
As I’ve established, I’m here, and there’s a reason for it. I think the reason is that I’m benefitting from it, and enjoying something about the process. Most times that I sit at the computer to write something, nothing comes to mind. That’s where Google comes in. I usually type in “Blog ideas” or something like that, and I get pages and pages of just lists and suggestions. I love this part. I then go and pick through a few of the top sites to see what interests me. There are always a few things listed that I can talk about. Though you may not see it here, I take these ideas and expand on them. It’s fun trying to put my own spin on something that someone else already developed.
What’s even better than that, is the the stuff that I can’t talk about. If I see something in a list that I don’t know anything about, but I find it interesting, I’ll Google it. I’ve learned so much from doing that. Though you don’t see it all up here (or anywhere else for that matter), it’s still a lot of fun.
Writing blogs are great. They are relaxing, influential, a great way to learn about things, a great way to keep up on current events, and it allows you to get your voice out into the world. Even if no one reads your blog, it’s definitely a character building tool that can help you personally. I think that most people should have one.
It’s true that any information that you might want to convey in a blog can be more conveniently relayed through MyFace or Spacebook or whatever your poison is (yes, I tried that jumble), but what’s the fun in slapping two or three sentences together to satisfy a coworker’s interest in how the kids are? Make a blog about it. Describe things in your life the way you see them, instead of using drop-down menus that can restrict your creativity. There is a very good chance that someone will read your blog and enjoy it! If you don’t know what to blog about, take a look at the headlines of your local paper and write your opinions on those issues, or post your own opinion on something that’s already been blogged about. The possibilities are endless with a blog. Get your ideas out there and let them develop. You may think that you don’t have an opinion on much, but trust me, you’ll develop one once you exercise it a bit.
I encourage everyone who reads this to go out and start their own blog! It doesn’t even have to be online, just designate a book to be your blog, and develop your ideas in that first!
If you do decide to start one, post a comment here telling people about it, and we’ll all check it out!