When I first started thinking about blogging, I was considering a variety of factors.
1. I like to write. this I found was a faulty premise, what I should have said was I like to be read. Perhaps there are people out there who just enjoy writing, maybe to deposit stress on to a page, or put ideas out into a concrete form to work with, or even perhaps because the act of writing in and of itself has some therapeutic benefit.
Me, I like to have people read what I have written, to hear their thoughts on a subject whether in affirmation of my own or to counter my methods or viewpoint, still if what I have written isn’t being read than I lack the satisfaction of writing it in the first place.
2. This is a good place for me to practice my writing skills… or lack thereof. Being in the blogosphere, (we tend to make up words here), there are hundreds of thousands of other writers, good writers, many even exceptional writers. That being said, it is difficult not to start comparing yourself to others. This is a really great way to practice humility, as far as practicing writing skills, there is a fine line between using your writing voice, whilst not changing your style to accommodate the style of someone else.
3. Maybe I will become famous and can make my living while changing the social dynamics of the world. Alright I didn’t really think this but I did think “would it be possible to make some money doing this? While some bloggers do make money and still fewer make a living, the reality is it takes a lot of work and usually a focused idea and – you the blogger – being an expert in some particular area.
Now… I write because I have found some really neat people on here that encourage me and make me think and laugh and learn, and I have found that other people come here for the same reasons I do, and sometimes they think and laugh and learn from me.