Here’s the second part of my unscientific survey. I must say I was quite pleased with the thought put into yesterday’s answers. Sometimes we just do things, and get in the habit of doing them, without every examining why. At least I do.
I started reading most of your blogs (of those of you who do blog) because I wanted to know who was commenting on mine. I may have found you through a recommendation from someone else. From time to time, I’ve thought about reducing the amount of time I spend reading. But like what so many of you have expressed, blogging has become a community for me. Since I work for myself, from home, I lead a fairly solitary life (at least while Mark is away at work). Reading your blogs has filled my life with people.
I also read some blog posts from people I don’t know, that I find on twitter, because I am interested in the content, or I want to learn about something.
Although my oldest son suggested I start blogging years ago, I just began in January. I had formed some kind of vague notion of starting an online magazine that showcased some of my writing and my photography. I even purchased the domain name “Random Thoughts from Midlife” over a year before I began to blog. Truthfully, the impetus that pushed me into the arena was the need for a platform. After I wrote Dancing in Heaven, I started reading about how to find an agent and get published. You know where that path led me. But one thing that was true, regardless, was the need for an online presence. So I started blogging. I don’t know that blogging will, in the end, be all that effective in influencing the success of my memoir. But I continue to blog for the same reason I continue to read your blogs. It fills my life with people.
Today I’d like to know:
When did you start writing blogs? Why?
Why do you continue?