I had a conversation recently that reminded me of this topic. Sometimes, I wonder this. Sometimes I wonder what the point is of sending so many words out onto this at-times-scary force that has invaded our world. What is the point?
Perhaps it is the teacher in me, but I feel like everything I do should have a purpose or objective. It’s not effective to just do things to do them, there ought to be a “why” behind it all. (This trait may explain why I have such a difficult time just not doing anything!)
So, I thought I would share with you some of my thoughts on why I blog. If you blog, I’d love for you to leave your address in the comments below and a comment on why you blog!
Okay . . . some of you may have noticed that I have three blogs going right now. And, strangely enough, I have three primary reasons for why I blog.
1. Personal Growth: This is not a new concept, but writing challenges you to think through things and articulate them to an audience so that they can understand. I love writing, I have higher aspirations than this blog for my writing, but this blog is a good way for me to sharpen my writing. It gives me a venue in which to challenge myself to write consistently and figure out what I am actually thinking and why it is important. So, I blog for my own writing’s sake, and along with that for enjoyment. I really look forward to blogging (especially when I have an idea!) and I always feel good when I am finished. So, first of all, I blog for myself.
2. Professional Marketing: With both my educational blog (linked in the side-bar) and this blog, I am aiming to grow my own professional market. On my educational blog, I am sharing tips and ideas that I am learning in the classroom in the hopes that someone else will be encouraged or inspired by those ideas, and use them in their own classroom. I am working to compile feedback and therefore sharpen my own ideas, my own teaching strategies, and building a readership that would be there to support me if I were ever to seek to speak or publish my ideas. On this blog, I am doing a similar thing with trying to find a readership, get feedback on my writing, and try to plan where to proceed from there. I am just starting out as both a teacher and writer/reader, but I don’t see a problem with high aspirations and I am hoping that through these blogs I am laying groundwork that will be valuable in the future.
3. Community Interaction: As I have said previously, I am looking to interact with people by blogging. It is different, to be sure. But there is still a community aspect to blogging that I feel is very beneficial. I have begun to develop a network of people that I can turn to when I have questions, and I know whose blog to look at when I am searching for something specific. Even beyond that, my third blog is a blog that my sisters and I are writing together. Our goal for the blog is not primarily readership, but interaction among the three of us. Of course, readership is an added bonus!
So, when I blog, there are three things I am hoping to get out of it. I am hoping to sharpen my own thinking, reading, and writing skills by constant evaluation and being forced to put my thoughts into words. I am hoping to put myself out there on the professional market as a teacher/reader/writer. And I am hoping to interact with other like-minded people who will critique me, help me grow, inspire and encourage me, and who I can likewise inspire.
I know that those are basic, simple ideas, but for me they are the reasons that I blog.
Why do you blog?