Answer: My Blog.
And now, four-and-a-half years and 601 posts later:
Why Did I Start a Blog?
In 2017, when I started thinking about doing a blog, I ran the idea by a few people and got some strong reactions, like this:
“You’re going to go on Facebook and Twitter and other sites to promote your blog, right? What’s the point of having a blog if you don’t promote it and have millions of followers?”
“You’re going to monetize it, right? What’s the point of having a blog if you don’t make money off it?
The third person I mentioned this to said, in his most scornful voice,
“Any fool can start a blog.”
And that’s what this fool did.
My first blog post went live on May 5, 2017.
Here I am, 601 posts later.
I’ve never promoted my blog, and never made money off it.
So back to the question:
Why did I start a blog?
And here’s my – I think, good – answer:
Because it’s fun.
In 2017 I’d never read a blog, and never had a desire to do one. Never even thought about blogging.
Then a coworker told me she had a blog. Not at all curious (but just to be polite), I asked her for the URL. As I spent some time reading a few of her posts (just to be polite), I had a revelation:
My coworker was having fun with her blog.
She wrote in the first person, was free with her opinions, was funny, included pictures, and I thought…
Maybe I could do that.
I can write in the first person, I can be free with my opinions, I’m sometimes funny – I’m told – and I have pictures…
I could do that.
Then, that evening, I read this in a fortune cookie. And as we all know, fortune cookies are always accurate:
My future as a blogger was assurred.
The next day I complimented my coworker on her blog (and I wasn’t just being polite), and asked what platform she used. “Wordpress,” she said.
A few days later – despite the above-mentioned opinions – I was off and running.
And with every post I’ve written, I’ve had fun.
Sometimes I write about what I know. More often, what I’m writing requires research – sometimes a lot of research. I learn a lot, and I like that.
The beauty of a blog – if you’re not trying to promote it or monetize it – is the freedom to write about anything I want.
And, important: To not worry about what anyone thinks, about me, or about what I’ve written.
Think about that – writing not to please a boss or a client or the public, not thinking about pleasing anyone but myself.
I know my blog will never appear on this list…
Or this one…
Or this one…
When I started blogging back in 2017, I would never have predicted I’d still be at it after four+ years and more than 600 posts.
But I can predict how long I’ll continue:
As long as I’m…