Why do I blog? My immediate reaction to that question is usually Why Not? Why not blog? Blogging is: A Web site on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis (from Wiki), but there’s a more definitive answer from Daniel Scocco: http://www.dailyblogtips.com/what-is-a-blog/ …in which he says,
“A blog is basically a type of website, like a forum or a social bookmarking site. As such it is defined by the technical aspects and features around it, and not by the content published inside it.”
The features that make blogs different from other websites are:
- content is published in a chronological fashion
- content is updated regularly
- readers have the possibility to leave comments
- other blog authors can interact via trackbacks and pingbacks
- content is syndicated via RSS feeds
Personally, I think that a blog can be whatever you want it to be: a personal diary, a book, a collection of stories or poems, a soap box, photography, an opinion or entertainment column (so to speak), a chronicle of things like planning your wedding, or whatever you want. Someone posted in the comments section of one of my posts that my blog was a “blogger’s blog…Good stuff!” and I think that based on what I was going for that’s exactly what it is. I could do a book haul, or review books (which I have done and will do again once Camp NaNoWriMo is over), or I could try out new recipes and include pictures…But whatever I choose to write about it’s great that I have this format/venue/fashion available.
Blogging is a creative outlet for me. Not only am I able to post pictures that I take, write about things that interest me, vent or ask questions, talk about current issues or events in my own life or the nation or the world or even the universe, but I am also able to read other people’s posts as well. People can comment on my posts, I can comment on their posts, and I am now part of this whole new community of like-minded people, or at the very least people who share similar interests, as well as a few on-line friends. I enjoy writing, reading, and find that blogging is such a great way to do both.
Thanks to the Daily Prompts I am often inspired to write about a topic that I hadn’t thought of, and sometimes I find myself taking a picture to add to the post, or I’m inspired to take a picture for the Photography Prompts. There are times when I’m inspired by something someone else wrote so I reblog it. Or a news article, or a video, or whatever will spark my interest and I can write about it or include it in my post.
I have (virtually) met quite a few wonderful people on WP and I’m happy to be a blogger. One day I might join the ranks of vlogging and post a few videos on my blog, but for now I’m quite content blogging. I enjoy blogging and reading other people’s blogs and that is more than enough of a reason to blog.
- Daily Prompt: The Million-Dollar Question, Worth A Million Words (creativemysteries.net)
- Daily Prompt: Million-Dollar Question (taylearningphotography.wordpress.com)
- ?Why do I blog (smileyface80.wordpress.com)
- Is Blogging Really All That Complicated? | Beginners Excuse (davidboozer.com)