Saturday, August 11, 2012

Why do I blog?

A FaceBook thread asks these three questions:

Why do you blog?

I blog for myself, for the discipline of writing for others, to create record of my thoughts, and to address an imaginary person who may or may not become a real person in my life. I also enjoy getting immediate feedback and sometimes delayed feedback when someone finds and comments on something I've written months or years ago.

Do you blog in "real time" (posting current thoughts immediately as they happen, in "tape delay" (waiting a few days or weeks before posting), or both - and why?

My blog is a mix of real time and delay. I try to proof each entry before I push the publish button, but often don't find a typo or some other needed edit, until I do hit publish, sometimes immediately and sometimes much later. On occasion, I will quote from my personal journal, recycling something that seems appropriate. Why? I guess it's because my editor role and my writer roles are somewhat in conflict. As I writer I just want to get it out. As an editor, I care about how it reads. The editor is sometimes the enemy of the writer.

If you stopped blogging, why? 

Still blogging away, although not as frequently as I used to.


  1. I am glad you keep blogging. I look forward to reading what you say. I would miss you if you went away.

    Happy night. :)

  2. I blog because I like to write

    I like to write because
    1. It helps organize my thoughts
    2. I'm vain (for our first Christmas my wife gave me the Carly Simon album with "You're So Vain"). In other words I write for an audience.
    3. And I just like the process and challenge of writing.

    I stopped writing my moho blog because I didn't feel like I had an audience,
    and I am increasingly estranged (but not entirely) from the Church.

    I continued with two other blogs; still don't have much of an audience with them but continue to enjoy the writing: and

  3. DUCK: I'm so glad you read and comment. And that you blog, too. Writers and readers need each other. Kind of like humans in general. hmmm

    SANTORIO: I'm glad to "see you" again. It's been a long time. Glad to see you taking your writings in new directions.

  4. hmmm, what would Freud say about my typos when writing the names of my blogs: and ; )