Why do you blog? About a week ago, Jack explained the objectives that motivate him. Here’s the condensed version:
- This is a place where I can air out my thoughts about life and the experiences I have had and will have;
- It is a place where I expect at some point in the future my children, grandchildren and beyond will be able to learn more about who I am/was;
- the blog offers me an opportunity to continually practice my writing so that I can work upon honing my skills;
- maybe someone will discover me and hire me to write a book;
- and perhaps the most important thing is that this blog offers me the opportunity to interact with people I might not meet otherwise.
I’d like to pick up on Jack’s last point and explore it a bit.
I blog primarily for the love of dialogue. In my day-to-day interactions, I find few people are willing to discuss meaningful issues in any depth. But in the blogosphere, I can seek out people who are exploring the subjects that fascinate me: religion, law, politics, history, sociology, psychology, philosophy, art — basically any discipline that offers insight into human individuals and societies.
By dialogue, I do not necessarily mean disagreement. Bloggers are too quick to find fault with one another! Political blogs get boring pretty quickly for this reason: the exchange of views consists of punches and counter-punches which never add up to anything.
It’s OK to disagree with me; my ego is strong enough to cope with a little rough-and-tumble. But a good dialogue adds one insight to another, creating a snowball effect.
Early in our relationship, Mary P. and I came up with a simile. “When we talk,” one of us said, “it’s like we’re building with bricks: I lay a brick, you lay a brick, I lay one, you lay one …. The finished structure is something neither one of us could have built on our own.”
At this point I must interject that I have nothing against “lurkers”. In fact, I think the term is unfairly pejorative: surely a lurker is some pervert who hides in the bushes outside your house and peers into your bedroom window!
People who read my blog aren’t perverts … no more than anyone else, at any rate. When no one leaves a comment, I take comfort in the fact that my tracker shows that people are still visiting. So thank you, lurkers, one and all.
But it’s the love of dialogue that keeps me blogging. I enjoy writing, and I benefit greatly from the discipline of setting my thoughts in order for others to explore. But it requires a significant investment of time. Without the dialogue, which I find so stimulating, I would quickly lose the motivation to blog.
Monologues are boring! Your comments enrich the blogging experience for me, and turn the blogosphere into a community.