In my short few months as the author of this blog, I’ve come to thouroughly enjoy and appreciate blogging. I thought I’d take the time to jot down some of the reasons for which I enjoy it. That and I can’t figure out what else to write about right now, which takes me to my first point…
Blogging forces me to engage. It’s kind of like a journal, but with a bit more precision and editing, as well as open access to pretty much anyone anywhere. As with journalling, it makes me sit down and think about something. The fact that anyone can see it makes me think a bit more carefully too. The stuff I write is a glimpse of who I am and what I’m thining about, so for my own good I want to engage deeply and meaninfully with these things. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but regardless, blogging forces me to engage.
Blogging allows me to develop as a writer. I’m a music guy, and that’s where my passions really lie, but I’m learning more and more about communication (especially writing) with this blog. I’ve never written much voluntarily, and now that I’m out of school and not writing papers all the time I’ve found that I’ve actually missed writing. I enjoy writing now, and I hope that blogging regularaly is making me more articulate as a writer.
If I’m lucky, blogging helps people to know me better and maybe engage with some things in their lives too. I mostly blog for me, for the above reasons. Although this might sound backwards, I don’t want to be selfish in assuming that people are coming to my blog to read my great ideas, and that’s why I do this. No. I do it because I enjoy it! I hope along with that, someone might also think about something differently or smile or laugh or just enjoy knowing what’s going on inside my head sometimes.
There’s also this strange accountability that goes along with all of this. Having a website posted that people who I care about and who care about me regularly check reminds me that I need to be doing all of these things. It’s somewhat self imposed, but I like konwing that I need to engage and think through things carefully enough to write soemthing out, or someone who I know will ask me why I’m not updating my blog. It’s pretty awesome. If you’re reading this and not blogging, give it a shot… hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!