November 7, 2008

To blog or not to blog...that is the question

I recently viewed a speech from the Ted Talks about blogging that I really enjoyed. It wasn't the best speech I have ever heard but much like blog posts...I didn't expect it to be. What it did was share one person's story. I don't know who the speaker is but obviously she is someone who is passionate about the topic and that is what blogs are all about.

I am by no means an expert on blogging. Heck, I consider myself a follower when it comes to this form of communication and am always looking for new message to send and new reasons to send them.

The more I learn about blogs, the more I learn there is to learn. You're obviously reading this blog...but why? Do you have your own blog? Why? ...or why not? Do you read other blogs? What type of blog isn't out there that you would like to see, read or be a part of?

When I discuss blogging, people often ask me why they should blog or why they should even read blogs. I don't know that I have a "stock answer" for that question but here are a few I could think of:

  • To educate
  • To inspire
  • To laugh
  • To vent
  • To escape
  • To pretend
  • To provoke
  • To motivate
  • To share
  • To tease
  • To share sorrow
  • To recognize
  • To challenge
  • To support
  • To find a friend
  • To feel important
  • To be a part of something
  • To remember
  • To forget
  • To energize
  • To get it off your chest
  • To be someone you're not because you can
  • To be someone you're not because you can't outside of a blog
  • To be free
  • To be silly
  • To be raunchy
  • To be connected

There are plenty of other reasons that I am sure I haven't thought of. What would you add to the list? Please add your reasons why you read blogs or write blogs as a comment below.