As I thought about this, I realized at least seven reasons I blog which fall into two categories: A) To talk with myself and B) To talk with others. When I began blogging, I was just curious, but as I continued, my motivations for blogging evolved. Blog lifespans are usually 2-3 years. My evolved motivations has helped me go longer. Here are my seven reasons for blogging as they stand today, with each category given in somewhat chronological order:
A) To talk with Myself
- (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
B) To talk with Others
- 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?