Why blog?

In the span of a few days two different friends asked my opinion about blogging, specifically how to blog consistently.  I’ll get to a few thoughts on the “how” of blogging, but it makes sense to start with the “why.”  Here are a few reasons you should seriously consider blogging and I’d be curious to know what you’d add.

  • Writing is a reflective process, one that helps you see things otherwise missed.
  • Blogging your thoughts, observations and questions is a way of inviting distinct responses to your own limited perspective.  Signs of Life has been a way for me to learn from an incredibly eclectic group of folks; the comments on “On being a white man in leadership” being just the most recent example.
  • You have interesting ideas and observations to share and blogging will help you distill and critique these things.  Remember, what seems commonplace to you will be completely foreign-and, thus, fascinating- for many of us.  For example, one of the blogs I link to is kept by Stanford Gibson who sometimes writes about his vocational interests and expertise, scientific matters I  just barely understand but find genuinely interesting.
  • At its best blogging will connect you with others who are interested in similar questions and ideas.  The trick- in my opinion- is to keep your blog from becoming a members-only club visited only by those who agree with each other.  This isn’t hard to avoid though, and after blogging for a while you’ll find yourself “conversing” with folks you never would have connected with otherwise.
  • What begins on your blog will quickly spill into face-to-face conversations.  A friend will read something you wrote and offer their own thoughts and questions on the subject.  Given the significant limits of virtual communication (i.e. comments on a blog), these in-person conversations may be the best reason to begin blogging.

What other reasons would you add?

I’ll get to the “how to blog” question later this week.

4 thoughts on “Why blog?

  1. I love the community that can be created through blogging, strange as it may seem. I started my first blog as an opportunity to process my experiences as a hospice social worker but also to share musings with friends and family. Since then, it has become part of a hospice and palliative care blog network, visited regularly by social workers of all kinds, and it helped me fine-tune my message about end of life care. This also led to the creation of a second blog so I could better serve my first blog’s followers, protect patient anonymity, and still have a creative outlet. I never could have predicted any of this when I first started but it has become a wonderful outlet.

    1. It’s interesting that you use the word “community” Leigh. I’ve also felt that sense of community on this blog, mostly because of the regulars who contribute significantly to whatever conversation we’re currently having here. Thanks for being one of those folks!

      Would you be willing to leave the link to your blog related to hospice care? I think folks would appreciate what you’ve created there.

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