So you are a business blogger. But why? Have you even considered that? Perhaps you have and the reason is worth sharing. Or perhaps you have no idea, you’re just doing it because everyone else is, too. Explain your reasons for writing.
As of writing this (arguably the first true “blog” post) of this site I’ve launched a little tool called the 2 Topix Blog Idea Generator that has already seen a respectable hit count since making it public. In actual fact, the tool is merely a little script that randomly pulls two blog ideas from a database of ideas (eighty-some as of this writing) and displays them in the window. It took me a few long hours worth of work to divine all those ideas and trascribe them into the database — which is just fine — and I thought I’d kick this section of the site off with some of my (so to speak) own medicine. So, I loaded up the generator and low-and-behold guess what topic number one happened to be: Blog About Why You Blog
And blogging does seem like a rather odd thing to do, doesn’t it? Between a couple other sites — my primary, personal blog making up the bulk of that, I could collectively count nearly two-thousand posts and half a million words. And it’s all public. Much of it is personal. And it spans a variety of topics representing a broader scope than I would have ever thought myself capable of generating. (Albeit, accumulated over nearly a decade of writing, multiple locations, and numerous adventures.)
So, why do I blog?
1) I blog because I am a writer. And when I write that I don’t state it in the casual sense it might imply at first blush. No. Writing is one of the things by which I have defined myself for much of my life, extending far back into my youth. It is as a comfortable, familiar blanket might be to a child. Or, maybe as much a vice as a glass of whiskey to an alcoholic. I am a writer, an addict to the creation of texts and ideas, and far too cowardly to ever put real distance between myself and a keyboard.
2) As I imagine is often the case, I blog because it justifies my existence. How would that be defined by a shrink: narcissism or nihilism? The first, perhaps because I enjoy the public spectacle of my life? The second, perhaps due to a towering feeling that without it existing in some sort of public arena everything I do is much more intangible than it could be? Well, probably neither of those are completely true — or completely false either — but I’m sure it could be argued that we all justify our existence somehow, to someone. This is one of the ways I try.
3) I blog because it entertains. Though who can say for certain. I am something of an entertainer, I suppose, and my stage is — frankly — the page. I write, blog, lay bare the words of my soul, because it makes others happy (or at least engages some emotion) to read what I’ve posted. It is unfiltered and honest, I think, and the hundreds of people I’ve touched through words is immensely gratifying.
Thus, another blog. Thus, the first blog post of a whole new web-project. Unlike my first blogs, both still live and active, this will represent little of my (a) deeply personal, everyday life or (b) scientific, rational-debunker hobby. Instead, it will be a glimpse at what I like to think of as my professional self: the creative, business, technical, word-smithy guru that often needs a venue to express himself.