Why to blog?

Published June 16, 2009

Don’t you just hate those blogs where people analyse what they’re doing to such a degree that they actually talk about little else? Well, I apologise in advance for this post, which is just a quick thought about why people blog. As far as I can tell there are three reasons, and these are quite general categories.

  1. To connect with people. You want to find people that are interested in the same things you are. You want to share links and sites that you find interesting. You want to start conversations.
  2. To learn about a subject. Blogging about a specific subject helps you to learn as you write, and share what you know.
  3. To practice writing. Whether it is non fiction, or creative writing, blogging is a great way to practice, and get in the habit of writing often.

As far as I can tell, this blog falls under the first category, and the now-defunct BBC blog fell under the second. I used to do a little of the third on my personal blog, but gave that up when I realised my creative writing just isn’t very good.

Am I missing any categories, though? I am not trying to stick labels on blogs, or stereotype people. I am just curious about motivation and writing, and how the two combine.

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