What I get out of blogging

A friend on mine just asked me why I blog.  It is an interesting question.  He brought up valid points, like it takes a lot of time, you don’t make any money off of it, and not that many people even read it. He also noted I am a very small voice in a very large world.

He is right on every count.  I don’t blog to become popular, or get rich (although I would accept both).  I blog because right now I am at a point in my life where I don’t have a lot of opportunity to sit with co-workers and just discuss things.  Share ideas.  Bat things around.

I work at home – generally alone.  Quality technical (or political or moral) discussions are hard to come by.  So I have them via my blog.  When I can get them started.

I haven’t found a better way for me to process information than to share it – in writing, conversation, whatever.  So my blog is to some extent filling that void.

I love to throw things out there and see what people think – even if they think I am crazy.  It’s not about the attention – it’s about the conversation.  It’s about involving people.  It’s about meeting people. It’s about melding different ideas and perspectives.

Mostly though it is a self-centered need to just share my feelings – whether they are related to technical matters or personal ones.

My primary goal is to try and get people to think (mostly getting me to think) – it’s not a natural thing for most people.  I certainly had to be taught to think.  I was in my early 30’s before I really learned how.

So I blog because I like to.  That’s why I don’t feel bad writing about my kids one day or some new tech thing the next.  See, I am rather selfish – I’m not blogging for you.  I am blogging for me.  And that is exactly what my friend just can’t understand.