Some bloggers write to make money. Others blog for the love of the game. Whatever your motive, there are other underlying reasons why people live to blog – and some blog to live.
Sure you have 376 Facebook friends, but when you close your eyes at night and think about those that you love and care for, you can probably count them on your hands (if you’re lucky!) Despite hyper-connectivity, many people still feel alone. Blogging helps solve that problem. You might not make a BFF, but your words do not go into a void; they are read by real, live human beings. Web analytics and comments let us know that we are not alone, and that makes us all warm and fuzzy inside – whether we admit it or not. It might not take a village, but a sense of community can go a long way.
Purge Your Emotions
Confronting an issue is often the best way to resolve our tangled emotions. But in reality, that’s not always a desirable option. In fact, sometimes it’s simply not feasible. Writing can soothe the most savage beast, giving you a positive outlet to release your feelings. Think happy little trees!
Keep Your Mind Busy
If you have children or own a pet you already know that a busy mind keeps people out of trouble. Blogging is an activity that fills all of our brain crevices with something to do. No matter where you are or what you are doing, blogging is possible from anywhere – and that keep us from doing other (more dangerous) things.
Wronged by a shopkeeper? Screwed over at a restaurant? The blog gives everyone a voice that potentially can be heard, and that my friends, is power. Whether you live in a democracy or an oligarchy, many people feel powerless – unable to make a real impact. Blogging puts you in the race.
You’ll never hear a drop of water fall into the ocean, and the harsh reality is that most writers will never see their work make an impact on society. But with blogging…there is a chance! The possibility of becoming an overnight sensation thanks to the viral-nature of the Web, keeps many bloggers in the game. It’s like playing the lottery, but with better odds and more control.
Which of the blogging reasons above apply to you?
Author: Andrew G. Rosen
After working for FOX News and MTV Networks, Andrew G. Rosen founded Jobacle.com, a career advice and employment news blog. He is also the author of The Exit Guide: How to Leave a Job the Right Way.