February 11, 2007

Why DO I Blog . . . ? Uh-oh! The Deep, Meaningful Answer

published this at 11:38 am

I've been thinking . . .

When a close friend, Chris Cree, asks me a question, like the one at the end of this post, “Why do you blog?” I have to figure out whether to respond with my default response –a deep meaningful answer.

Some questions — “What are you doing?” — don’t ask for philosophy. I find I keep more friends, and they are happier, if I sort which questions want a deep, meaningful answer and which call for information. (Hey, in the end, you can walk away, but I’m stuck listening to me rattle like an old three-wheel bicycle.)

Gosh, . . . I might have already said more than you needed to know.

[Sorry]

Why do I blog? was the question.

I have three blogs of my own and two others that I blog on regularly. I did two interviews this weekend. Why do I blog? The answer to that has grown, but the reasons haven’t changed.

Chris, you asked for five reasons. When I look out at my blogs these are the ones I see.

  1. I blog because I said I would. When I wrote my first blog post, I made a commitment to myself to write every day. With the next blog, and the blog after, I made more commitments to myself and to anyone who reads what I write. Keeping my word is important to me.
  2. I blog because people need a friend. For years I gave away copies of two journal-like books by one writer. I gave them to folks I knew who needed to know they had a friend. Then those books went out of print. I wanted to make a blog that would offer a place where anyone could go to find a best friend at any hour of the day. I think people deserve a safe place.
  3. I blog because I am an entrepreneur in the 21st century. Blogging is one strategy of my business. Blogging gives my service business substance and a voice. I know that any business supported solely by print and word-of-mouth relationships is isolated and insecure. Blogging directly and indirectly supports my family. It is my credibilitiy across more than 2000 blog posts.
  4. I blog because I value the wealth of the blogosphere. The people, the relationships, the generosity of spirit, the joy of discovery, the learning and laughter, the humanity I experience are what bring me back day after day. Who with curiosity could be bored? We’ve set the bar with words I strive to live — authenticity, transparency, trust, respect, acceptance.
  5. I blog because I believe words can change the world. How could I walk away? Blogging is not an addiction. It’s a heady way of communicating, a meeting place for ideas where they become visible — more visible than the people who have them. I cannot turn my back on the possibility of being useful.

Nothing in my life could have prepared me to be a blogger, except everything in my life.

Now I wonder, you are each unique, Lisa, Brian, David, Tony, Chris . . . Why do you blog?

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16 Comments to “Why DO I Blog . . . ? Uh-oh! The Deep, Meaningful Answer”

  1. February 11th, 2007 at 1:32 pm
    Brian Clark said

    The usual… money, women, fame… :)

  2. February 11th, 2007 at 1:34 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Brian!
    That’s kind of what I figured. . . . I also thought maybe life was boring just sitting around doing nothing . . . :)

  3. February 11th, 2007 at 2:00 pm
    Lisa said

    When I read your post, here’s the translation I make: 1=integrity; 2=connection; 3=livelihood; 4=generosity; 5=service.

    Why? Because it links up with your core values.
    Since I just poured out a post that took me all morning, I’ll post something tomorrow…I’m going to the beach (a core value).

    Lisa

  4. February 11th, 2007 at 2:02 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Lisa!
    Thank you. That’s very cool how you did that.

    See what I mean? . . . I could have it in one sentence, but, between you and me,I like thinking out loud way too much!

    I wish I was going to the beach with you :)

  5. February 12th, 2007 at 5:51 am
    Thilak said

    I blog to fulfill my Tech Obsession! and buy some gadgets in the mean time

    Oh.. and Pocket money!

  6. February 12th, 2007 at 5:58 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Thilak,
    Great to see you! You should add to your list “to show folks how it’s done.” :)

    You have designed your blog totally in the sweet spot. That’s one part that makes it such a fun place to visit! The other is the blogger — your amazing ability to choose and write stories that are consistenly interesting.

  7. February 12th, 2007 at 8:20 pm
    William Tully said

    Hey! I’m in that chain of tags!
    (which on a personal note is a little freaky… ok, my blog tagged by the guy who tagged Chris and here I am reading about it on Liz’s blog not realizing that she is talking about the same tag, yet it’s all part of the original tag… freaky.)

    Anyways, I shall leave you with my short list:

    1. Because I can.
    2. Exploration of Space
    3. To Download
    4. To Exist
    5. To Procreate

    HA! Out of context it’s quite the odd list.. ;)

  8. February 12th, 2007 at 9:09 pm
    GP said

    Chris I was thinking about this as I was riding my tb mare in 6 inches of snow… Quite a surrealistic ride. But i digress..
    I blog to: hopefully pass on some of my experiences to folks that might need it along their journey
    - as part of our marketing strategy
    - to brainstorm with other blogosphere buds
    - helps me sort things out as it were

    GP in Montana where it’s snowing again!

  9. February 12th, 2007 at 10:52 pm
    ME Strauss said

    William,
    I’m not going anywhere near that procreate idea. . . . no, no, no, you can’t make me. nuh-uh, no way.

  10. February 12th, 2007 at 10:54 pm
    ME Strauss said

    GP
    What a beautiful picture you draw for us, while at the same time you point out three of the reasons that most of us blog. . . . you are a smart one out there in the Montana sunshine. I think I need to come see you.

  11. February 13th, 2007 at 4:11 am
    Sasha said

    Thanks for sharing this, Liz. I was asking myself this question the past week (had a bad blogging week, unfortunately) and reading your answers somehow made things clearer and somehow brought me back to what got me here in the first place — your words in #4 couldn’t expresses it any clearer plus the thought that #5 can happen somewhat stirred a renewed excitement with what I’ve been doing and will do still. Thanks again. :)

  12. February 13th, 2007 at 6:10 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Sasha,
    So nice to see you!
    I hate those bad blogging weeks. They’re worse than bad hair days.

    Sasha,
    If I never blogged, I would never have met you or the whole blogosphere of people I talk to here. I wouldn’t know what I was missing, of course. Or would I? I think would feel the loss in the unsatisfied yearning for conversation and communication that I wasn’t getting, for ideas and wonderment that I had not enough people to share them with, and the platform on which to have a chance to be authentic . . . Everyone of you gave that to me.

    If you weren’t here there would be a Sasha sized hole in the blogosphere.

  13. February 13th, 2007 at 8:59 am
    Gino said

    This is strangely a common question many bloggers ask themselves. I love your answers though – you truly are a blog inspiration :)

    Why do I blog? Hmmm, I love to write. I love to connect. And I love to practise what I preach. And I love to share my learnings with my colleagues and clients.

    Now, when will I write that book? :)

  14. February 13th, 2007 at 9:03 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Gino!
    I was thinking about that very idea yesterday and I think that bloggers ask the question because so many bloggers do this outside of their “regular” work or as an add-on to it. In that context, it’s a viable and important question, I think.

    As to when you will write that book, you will write it when you believe you have an idea worth writing about and a place to sell it. :)

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