A Few Thoughts About Blogging

In December of 2005 I wrote a post called Why I Blog.

“Why do I blog. Why do I spend so much time sitting here at the computer staring a monitor that is filled with the fingerprints of tiny people. Why do I surf the net and engage in 21st century voyeurism.

The very simple reason is that I derive a tremendous sense of joy and satisfaction from using words to express my thoughts. I have a great love for the language and I appreciate those people who can use words to construct a mental image. I appreciate their ability and craftmanship and wonder how it is they can take my mind and send it on a journey out of my body and into another world.

For surely it is a bit escapist to sit at the keyboard and scroll down the pages and read about the lives and trials of others. And in a different way I find it comforting. I am part of a community of bloggers, a part of the overall blogosphere and at the same time I am also part of many other groups within the blogosphere.

I am able to reach out and click someone. I can see that there are others who are facing the same challenges I face or have already overcome them. I take strength in their words and I offer my own.”

I am slowly approaching my third blogiversary and I can say unequivocally that I still stand by everything I wrote there. I still have things to say and things to share. I still enjoy the interaction. I still appreciate reading other blogs and in spite of the nastiness that we encounter I am still comfortable here.

Maybe it is because I am evil but the trolls don’t bother me all that much. On a side note every time someone mentions troll I think of the old kids book Three Billy Goats Gruff.

The blogosphere is growing in power. Each day I hear more people discussing it. It is quickly evolving from a thing that some people did to something that many people do. I still think that most bloggers will not last, but that is a post for a different date.

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3 Comments

  1. Richmond March 30, 2007 at 2:10 am

    I would agree with everything you wrote in 2005. Blogging has been extremely rewarding for me. 🙂

  2. Pam March 30, 2007 at 12:46 am

    I like to blog, but my blog is so tame and non-controversial that I am sure it bores most people who read it. The trolls, whiners, and idiots DO bother me (LOL) so I don’t usually talk about anything that will set anyone off! It would upset me if someone commented with something negative.

  3. Paula March 29, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    Your 2005 post nicely sums up my feelings about blogging as well. I’m a writer and love playing with words. It’s cool I’ve “met” a bunch of other writers who feel similarly. And when a friendship occasionally goes beyond that, all the better. The trolls, whiners, idiots, etc. don’t bother me – I either ignore them or mock them, depending on my mood.

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