This question came to mind while writing my previous post, Why Don't I Like to Blog?
Why should I blog?
Among my greatest reservations with blogging is the time investment it requires. I know me, and I don't like imperfect things published with my name attached to them. That said, I've already found one or two atrocious typos in my book that just came out, and I am seriously bummed out about that.
Blogging lends itself to further imperfection.
But of course, life's not about being perfect, it's about daring to take risks and grow and chasing dreams because without dreams and goals we're dead already.
So why should I blog? What value do I see in it?
Hopefully, this will change in time, but right now, here's how I see it.
1. Blogging can build a good platform for me as a writer. That's selfish, but it's the truth. This is one of the main reasons I want to become a better blogger. Blogging is a fantastic tool for writers these days. That said, there are good writers, and there are good bloggers, and they are not one and the same. I can't imagine someone like Jon Krakauer blogging. I'm not sure I would want him to. He's a fantastic writer, but his strengths lie in his ability to dig deep into his subject matter. He's established himself as that type of writer, and now he's making quite the comfortable living off it. But it's taken him decades of hard work to get there. He's earned it. I haven't earned anything yet. That's why I'm trying to learn how to blog better. It can provide me a better platform, which can ultimately provide me better opportunities to share the stories I really want to share.
Which brings me to Reason Number Two Why I Should Blog.
2. I want to create a place to share stories you wouldn't hear otherwise. I know people who have awesome stories, stories that I want desperately to share with the world. That's why I'm a writer. To share stories that will inspire. I like humor writing and I'll try my hand at it because I think trying new things makes us all better, but it's not my strength. Or at least, it's not my great love. Inspiring stories are my great love. In blogging, perhaps I can create a platform that allows me to share them with you.
3. It will force me to hold myself even more accountable. I need to become a better writer, and writing consistently is the best way to do that. I need to learn to try my absolute best with everything I write. That doesn't mean that everything I write will be my absolute best work, but I need to put forth the effort to at least ensure my copy is clean, and my thoughts are cogent. Blogging will force me to write better and think more rationally.
I'd keep going, but I just got bored writing this. (Humor! The blogger bores himself! Next post: Why Should You Read This Blog? Just kidding.) Man, I really just don't like writing about myself. So I'm going to stop that now, and ask my end-blog questions, and get out of here and go write something more fun.
Love you all.
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Just pick one, or both if you like.
Question 1: What is something you don't do that maybe you should do more? Why is that?
Question 2: What's the best song you've heard in the last 48 hours?