Is there a point to blogging?

18 February 2014 006 (Copy)I am home again after spending some time away visiting my extended family. Sometimes the topic of blogging comes up. People often ask me the following:

  • what is a blog?
  • how do people find my blog?
  • why do I do it?
  • what does someone have to do to start a blog?
  • what do I like about blogging?

I find it hard to respond to these queries as there are many answers for the points. Blogging has become a part of my life over the last few years and I am reluctant to let it go.

I try to explain about some interesting people I have met through blogging and their eyes seem to glaze over. I have learned a lot from other bloggers. I am more aware of where people are geographically located and I know more about cultural differences in other places in the world. I have also learned how much we all have in common.

My technology skills continue to grow as I keep blogging. I noticed in my recent online studies that I wasn’t daunted by some of the technical challenges that would have overwhelmed me if I didn’t blog regularly and look after my site.

I don’t worry about how many people read my blog and/or comment. I get a buzz when it happens, but it is not the motivation for my writing. I enjoy the interaction with like-minded people, whether it be few or many.

I enjoy sharing insights I have about life – I haven’t had any ‘aha!’ moments lately but sometimes they come out of nowhere and it is good to share.

The fact that I blog makes it easier for me to sit in front of a computer and write about other things as well. Tomorrow I will be working for about four hours in my job with the local paper. I HAVE to write and get it done in that time. There is no time for me to sit staring at a blank screen (or do any rewrites for that matter).

So, I have told you some of my thoughts about blogging – now I would like to hear from your point of view, if you would like to share.



14 thoughts on “Is there a point to blogging?

  1. I like sharing what I’ve learned about life with other bloggers . . . and reading about what they’ve learned. I also enjoy the differing perspectives offered by bloggers around the world on topics from food, to holidays, to politics, to travel.

  2. I started blogging as an avenue to get some painful issues off my chest and let go.
    It grew from that to a place where I actually connect with others, strange though that is becasue it is with people who I have never met.
    Somehow though, there is a connection in a good way.

  3. Blogging is a way for me to share my own experience and knowledge as I am on my own spiritual journey. I love sharing resources from my coaching and yoga teaching .. and I love the responses and different perspectives of others! Its about sharing, learning and community for me.

  4. Gosh… why do we blog?
    I think you and I ask the same questions from time to time… is it worth keeping on?
    I often say I treat my blog as an open diary… that, at least, in years to come my great-grandchildren can have a look back… and laugh! πŸ˜‰ (At how stupid I was… we were?)
    You’re so right… we learn! I always think of you as a thinker… a person who reasons and likes to work things out. I don’t always agree with everything but I do value the fact that you open my eyes to other ways of seeing things!
    Thanks! πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ

  5. Thanks for that. I found your story and left a little review. I think you did a great job in developing the image of the old man. It kept me wondering what his plans were as he went out to sea.It was also an interesting contrast between the old man, his boat vs his mobile phone and Maria – a tenuous link to the land!

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