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.