I’ve been wanting to explore this question for a long time. Why do I blog? I have been blogging for over 10 years now and this is the first time I’ve decided to explore why.
I don’t blog for profit. I don’t blog for other people. I blog for me. I don’t feel obligated to do it. I do it because I want to. I post as often or as little as I want. I just want a place that I can express my views, share my memories, go on a rant or bitch about any subject I choose. Sometimes there is a span of weeks in between my posts and sometimes just days in between. I make the rules and it’s wicked. After all, it’s all about me. I pay for the webspace, I create the blog design and I choose what appears on the blog. I may be conceited to think like this, but it’s the truth. Sure, I want to post about things people will be interested in, but in the end, it doesn’t really matter. I post my meal plans so that I have a place to refer to my menu no matter where I am. I talk about my weight loss so that I can look back in a few years and relive this amazing journey I’ve been on.
I don’t necessarily care how many comments or views I get on my website. I have had JLM for many many years and I think I only average 15 views a day and maybe have 30 people following my rss feed. That’s not very much for how long I have been on the web. I’m not going to lie, yes I love getting feedback on my posts, but if no one ever commented, I would still keep blogging. Again, it is a way to document my life.
I follow many blogs with my google reader and so many of them write posts only for their readers. I can understand this, but I am sure glad it’s not me. Like I said above, I don’t want to be obligated to blog because my readers would be mad if I didn’t. I know some people are career bloggers and hopefully that is a good way to bring in money. However, I think it would take some of the fun out of it if it was a necessity.
If one day I decide to work in social media and blogging and those things became my job, I would still keep my personal blog. For work, indeed, I would blog because I had to, but in the back of my mind, I would know that I still had a place on the web that was my own and required no obligation.
The same thing goes with twitter. I currently have 99 followers and I would bet that only a dozen of those followers are “real people” who actually read my tweets. I tweet when and what I want to. Yes, I check into places with four square and I check in way too much to get glue. I love using those 3rd party apps to tweet for me. I love to look back and see where I’ve been and what I’ve watched. I bring this up because I read a blog post the other day where the author was complaining that they didn’t like what people were tweeting about, especially when they used too many “third party apps” to tweet for them. In my opinion, if you don’t like someone’s tweets, don’t follow them. Simple as that. For me, one of the most annoying things about a career blogger is that they often tweet and retweet multiple times about their post. Once is enough. I don’t like to be bombarded by the same tweet over and over. It’s annoying and unnecessary and it usually gets a big unfollow from me!
Now with all that, this post ranged from informative to complaining and that is exactly why I like blogging. I decide everything. I can write what I want and no one can tell me not to. It’s awesome and I hope I can continue blogging for a long time.
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