I watched a clip from Loren Feldmen the other day, discussing what blogging is all about and I decided to share some thoughts on why I blog and what I think it’s is all about.
Of course there is no single reason to have a blog, but here are a few reasons I came up with off the top of my head:
1. To keep a diary.
2. To share interesting things with friends, family, others.
3. Share professional knowledge and experiences.
I’ve used blogs for all three purposes mentioned above at one point or another and have even maintained several blogs simultaneously for those purposes. Blogging is not specifically about making friends or making enemies (though Vallywag does a really good job at making enemies), and its not about pleasing people. Of course it’s always a good practice to reach out and extend the conversation to others in your niche but not at the expense of your journalistic integrity.
Blogging is more about being open and being honest no matter what you write about, and writing passionately. If you do it right and help people, of course you will make them happy, and if you do it maliciously, well, then… If you write a positive review you will probably win some friends, and if you write a negative one, you are bound to get some hate mail, but all of this comes with the territory. If your intention is just to please people then not only are you compromising your integrity but you are setting yourself up for failure because you can’t please everyone all the time.
So why do you blog and what do you think it’s all about?