Why do we blog?  

CB_2 52F
8302 posts
7/22/2006 3:32 pm

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Why do we blog?

There seem to be many different reasons for posting a blog.

I freely confess I'm an egomaniac - I love having people read the stuff I write. Hell, I love to reread the stuff I write - probably most of the visits to my own blog are from me!

Some people seem to like sharing their thoughts with the world at large.

Some seem to misunderstand the whole blog thing and post queries or cries for a partner, not realising the blog will shortly disappear into blogland without a regular readership to keep it high in the activity lists.

Others seem to indulge in macho (and that includes women) attempts to make themselves the most popular - pimping their blog at every opportunity on other people's blogs, comment whoring all over blogland to incite people's interest, posting endless polls (oh whoops, isn't that what I'm doing??), setting up games which require participants to post on 10 other blogs etc etc.

Why???. Is it some form of personal validation, maybe even a self-esteem thing? I'm really not sure, so hence this poll, to find out your motivation for blogging.

There may be a number of reasons why you blog, so just complete the poll a number of times if you like.

Oh, and don't forget to pimp this blog to all your friends...
I blog to avoid the housework/other duties
I blog to air my views, regardless of who reads
I blog to connect with people
I blog to amuse people
I blog to amuse myself
I blog to be more popular than another blogger
I blog because it will help me find a friend
I blog for some other reason (please advise)
I have no idea why I blog!!!

Blogito ergo sum.

rm_smosmof2 68M
3240 posts
7/22/2006 4:35 pm

I voted that I blog to connect, but of course it's more complicated than that. In the early days, before anybody bothered to read what I was posting, I found it to be an invaluable venting tool... When I was upset, it flowed out of my fingers into the keyboard and onto virtual paper. And instead of being locked up inside of me, it was gone (well, not gone, of course, it's still there to be read, by anyone bothering to check back--I was recently shocked to find the extent that one of my readers had gone through my back postings. I shouldn't be, considering that I've done that to a couple of the people I read, in an attempt to get to know them better. I'm just not used to that kind of attention myself.....)

Now I have an audience. I still don't know what to make of that.....

CB_2 replies on 7/25/2006 4:12 pm:
And the obvious question to ask is this: now that you have an audience, has that changed the way you write your blog?

marathonman45202 54M
6640 posts
7/22/2006 5:46 pm

For me, it's all about the writing! I enjoy writing, and I get to do a lot of it in my professinal life. I haven't been blogging here for long, but I think it's a cool venue to share thoughts, reflections, stories, fun anecdotes, etc.,. I also enjoy reading what others are writing. I hope people will visit and read my blog, but I don't think I'll stop writing if they don't.

CB_2 replies on 7/25/2006 4:12 pm:
You and me both, Marathonman ...

buddhamike 107M
7006 posts
7/24/2006 9:10 am

I blog for some other reason.

I blog in part, because it helps me understand my own thinking. I also tend to post entries on topics that I still am undecided about, so I do appreciate the input of those who read my posts, though that is not the most important aspect of my blogging. Mostly it helps me make up my own mind about how I feel or where I stand on a subject.

CB_2 replies on 7/24/2006 1:16 pm:
Yes, sometimes I post a blog and then find my own thinking has actually changed during the process of formulating the words, so I know what you mean! And other people's comments can certainly affect the way you see things.

earthShiva 60M

7/25/2006 2:21 pm

Multiple answers would be useful here. I like to amuse people, I ilke to connect, I certainly wouldn't bother if I were not amusing myself, but there is more.

Blogging has largely replaced my journal-writing. To that extent it is for me alone, and helps me formulate my thoughts just as journalling does. I find the feedback here offers a real advantage over a personal journal, but wish more people would come forth with challenges to my words. I've always been a good enough bullshit artist to fool myself, and do not suffe when challenged.

CB_2 replies on 7/25/2006 3:08 pm:
Ooh, I'll look to pick a fight with you then, earthShiva. Though it has to be said, I do usually agree with you!

rm_shannee2006 53F
3355 posts
7/25/2006 3:33 pm

I blog for many of the reasons listed, not just one. The only reason I don't blog for is to become popular. I could give a shit about that.

Yup...this juiciness is from me....


CB_2 replies on 7/25/2006 5:17 pm:
Here's an interest linguistic oddity: I've noticed that Americans (I've not checked your profile Shannee, but I'm guessing you're one) say "I could give a shit" whereas Brits say "I couldn't give a shit", yet both mean exactly the same thing.

rm_smosmof2 68M
3240 posts
7/25/2006 4:31 pm

"And the obvious question to ask is this: now that you have an audience, has that changed the way you write your blog?"

Good question. I like to think that I haven't intentionally changed anything, although I think that there are two side products of all of this newfound attention...

1) I think I've been a lot happier with myself the last month or so. This could be totally unrelated, but I suspect it's not a coincidence. May have to do with just feeling connected to something...

2) I do feel slightly more pressure to keep up the post-a-day business. I'm now closing in on four weeks straight without missing a day. I used to write fanzines that distributed on a weekly basis, but failed to stay active because I didn't have enough to say. That doesn't seem to be a problem any more. (More like they can't get me to shut up.) It's also easier to do than fanzine production, as there are no copies to make, etc. And it's a more flexible format (i.e. if I don't have enough to say to fill both sides of a piece of paper, I don't feel like I wasting anything but time, and that I have I lot of to waste....

NakedLnch 49M

7/25/2006 10:46 pm

This is such an interesting poll. My vote was that I blog to amuse others, but then again, I have a good laugh writing some of my drivel--so pretend I filled in half a circle for that one.

It constntly amazes me how fascinating people's blog lives are. So often I'm like, "That's just like me!" Feels so good to be in the same boat with people. Just happens to be a big fucking boat!

CB_2 replies on 7/26/2006 2:16 am:
But be ready to throw overboard anyone who might rock it! We don't all want to drown.

NakedLnch 49M

7/26/2006 7:31 am

Amen to that sista'!!

Maquis55 63M
113 posts
7/26/2006 2:32 pm

Why do I blog ? Well, its all your fault really !..........Led me astray !! (Laughs)

CB_2 replies on 7/27/2006 2:48 pm:
But you loved being led astray, didn't you? Go on, admit it!

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