The Idea Dude


Saturday, March 04, 2006

The soul of the blogger

I read with glee the indignation of those who didn't make the blog top 50 and those who did and sure enough if you didn't like the list go to the top 43! Made me think why we blog, here are a couple of reasons, what's yours?
  • Your friends don't return your calls on a Saturday night.
  • Your friends don't return your calls on a Sunday night...(you get the picture.)
  • Everyone you know has a blog.
  • It's a convenient way to publish your website without paying a cent.
  • You figured how you can use 100 blogs to scam the search engines.
  • You think Adsense is going to make you a millionaire.
  • Someone told you that you had an interesting point of view.
  • It's a way to promote your brand.
  • You can comment on things that you're too afraid to say in person.
  • You're afraid that when you turn 70 you'll forget you had a life.
  • It's cheaper to sprout your anxieties and paranoias than on your therapist's couch.
  • No-one is willing to buy or publish your books.
  • Maybe all of the above....
Here's my advice. At the end of the day, write because it makes you feel good. Write the way you want to write and write what you want to write. Creativity is only valuable if it is expressed and expression requires action. A beautiful picture or a passionate poem is valued because it exists not because of the price someone put on it. Most of all, write from your point of view, not what others want to hear.

If a tree falls in a forest and no-one is there to hear, did it make a noise...if a person blogs and no-one reads it, did it have a voice?

After 60 days of doing this, I realize that blogging is a discipline, like diet programs and health club memberships and music lessons it requires passion and perseverance. In the end, the biggest benefactor may not be the reader but the writer.

In the end, it only matters if you think it does...


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