A lot of bloggers stopped writing because they burnt out. There are many reasons for burning out. There’s no time. No one notices. It takes too much effort to write. Spammers inundate the site with useless comments. Scrapers steal posts. It’s not profitable enough.
Essentially, blogging has lost it’s purpose. It’s no longer about telling a unique story.
So why am I still bothered to blog? For one thing, blogging is highly personal. My blog is about my curiosity. It’s about my opinion and commentary of the world around me. My blog is about me. It may be narcissistic, but it’s the only way for me to keep going.
The “A-List” bloggers have pointed out that blogging should be about their audience. If that was the case, I would write for a magazine, or guest writing on someone else’s blog.
I’m still here because I’m not out to gain millions of page views, or thousands of readers. I’m not blogging for notoriety, nor money.
I’m blogging to share my story. I’m blogging to inform. I’m also here to help, if people genuinely reach out to me. It’s about forming new friends and possibly a community.
But most of all, I think blogging is fun. I’m a geek and always fascinated with communication via the computer. I started with a 300 baud modems and got excited when people leave me a message on a BBS. Now, I’m connected to a bigger audience on a 1.5 Mbps connection, sharing audio, video, and fancy graphics. It’s the perfect medium for knowledge and expression.
Some say blogging is dead, or at least blogging has changed. But I say people have changed. I say bloggers need to re-check their intentions.
The New Year is coming, time to make new, but do-able, blogging resolutions. Most important: Keep blogging!
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