If you’re a blogger it’s possible you’ve found yourself on the receiving end of these types of questions from friends or family. What’s the point of your blog? What do you get out of it? You’re a bit weird aren’t you? – oh wait, that’s just what I think they’re saying.
If you’re the relative or acquaintance of a blogger perhaps you’re just asking because you’re trying to understand the medium better or you can’t work out why anyone would publish personal details in a public forum.
If you watch Packed to the Rafters you might believe we’re all being courted by major publications to write columns or that our post office boxes are brimming with freebies. Not so.
I was once asked to write a review about a book on “anal play”. I wasn’t sure whether to be flattered or offended. I still don’t even know what anal play is and I’m pretty sure Julie Rafter dealt with hundreds of those emails before landing a paid gig. I wonder whether she reviewed the book and I’ve been doing it all wrong?
So why do I blog? To begin with, I enjoy writing. I suppose you could say it’s an urge. Some people don’t understand that much like I don’t understand the urge some people have to play badminton. We’re all wired differently.
Many students studying their Communications degree have blogs. In one particular unit of study we were given a list of journalists to follow on Twitter, many of them have their own blogs.
We’re entering a digital age where portfolios are morphing into blogs and social media is the new networking so I guess this is my own little space where I get to dress my kids up like hipsters and hope they don’t hate me for it when they’re thirteen.
Some days I have an out of body experience and find myself thinking “you are one of those weird people who blogs, why are you doing this? Someone is on google trying to find out your last name and they are going to find where you live and steal your children” but then I remember the by-product of blogging is connecting with people who are on your own wavelength. Meeting people you could never find while pushing your kid on a swing in a park.
Why do you blog? Why do you ask people why they blog? Should I have reviewed “Tickle My Tush?