As far as I can tell, I blog for two sorts of reasons with seven sub-categories:
A) For myself: to explore(1), to create (2), to improve communication (3), to improve thinking (4)
B) To talk with others: to improve communication (4) influence (5), legacy (6), company (7)
When I started, I was curious, as I continued, the reasons evolved — they have to, or most bloggers would not continue. And heck, there are motivation which I am sure I am not aware of also. I list each below in a somewhat chronological order:
- (1a) to explore blogging technology
- (1b) to anthropologically explore bloggers of different realms (atheists, poets, religionists …)
- to exercise a the deep pleasure I get from being creative
(3) Improved Communication
- (3a) to allow me to make short comment on other blogs, by linking back to points I find I often make in a simple post.
- (3b) to stop from repeating myself — to capture stories and ideas that I often repeat
(4) Improved Thinking
- (4a) to organize my ideas
- (4b) to test, polish, and refine my ideas through discussions with others
- (4c) to practice rhetoric
- (4d) to take time to reflect
- To influence others: to address many of the foibles of religion, and the wrong-headed approaches I found among some blogging atheists.
- to create something my kids could possibly read later
- to have folks that I enjoy talking to– or even debating with. I treat this blog like a fun coffee shop with folks with similar interests — a shop that doesn’t have to worry about paying the bills!
Question for readers: So, why do you blog? What percentage of reasons do you and I share? Do you have different reasons?