Why do you blog?

Why do you blog? This question occurred to me when I recently went down a list of bloggers featured on a site. I came to one that was visually interesting and so I stopped to read. I guess I was too late. The woman, who had begun to blog a year prior, decided to post her last thoughts.

She shared that she had started her blog in the hopes to be in touch with more people. After blogging away for a year she was disheartened by the lack of readers and comments. She stated "I'm on to something completely different now, for those that did stop to read, thank you." It was too bad because as I scrolled back through her posts I think it would have been good for her to continue. She was interesting, life relevant and genuine. I left her site and failed to go back, I can't remember the name, only that she lived in Vancouver, BC which puts us both in the same area. Given time we may have connected.

What are the reasons for blogging? Business? Pleasure? Recognition? Bonding? Sanity? Creativity? Why?

It has taken off like wildfire over the years and Royal Pingdom has provided stats on the explosion all over the internet; social media, websites, domain names etc. According to BlogPulse there were 126 million blogs on the internet. (2009) Given those numbers it is easy to understand that it may take awhile to be found in the ocean of thoughts, ideas and opinions.

For me, blogging is a release. I can explore so much and go to bed with a clear head most nights. Though, I must admit sometimes it is blogging that keeps me awake. Pouring over new topics of interest, the need to write, the challenge and the thrill of it all. It's a learning curve I don't mind exploring, a non-tech person engaging with the tech-filled world. It is a worldwide community that is bringing us a little closer to understanding we are not so different after all.

Why do you blog? How long have you been blogging? Would you give up blogging if nobody was commenting?



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