I noticed that my post yesterday about the possible demise of the printed version of the OED was my 400th post. Since I like numerical landmarks I thought I'd mark the occasion with my 401st post and write about why I blog.
My first post was nearly four years ago on November 13th, 2006, when I simply wrote that I was setting up a blog and that I hoped to "publish some thoughts, articles, reports, short stories, and other publications". I'm glad to think that I have mostly adhered to that hope. I really only got going on blogging a year later in November 2008, and since then I have been blogging on a reasonably regular basis. Since November 2008 I have averaged 11.5 posts a month on a wide range of topics. The most posts in any one month was 22 in March this year - I had been nominated the previous month for the Irish Blog Awards and I guess I was trying (unsuccessfully) to impress the judges with volume. The graph below summarizes the number of posts per month since I started blogging.
One thing I don't know is how many people read this blog. I know it is just a handful, but I sometimes get a surprise when someone I meet comments on the blog or mentions to me that they had read a post. To those of you who do take the time to read this blog - many thanks for dropping by.
I wish blogging was around when I was younger. With the exception of the year 2000 (when I got a present of a Whoseday Book - on 3rd September 2000 we went to the Botanic Gardens with the kids!) I have never kept a diary. I'd love to be able to look back and see what I was thinking on a particular day - for example, what was I doing on September 3rd 1975? Even though my blog is less than four years old, I do like to occasionally look back on posts over the past few years.
- To Express Your Thoughts and Opinions
- To Market or Promote Something
- To Help People
- To Establish Yourself as an Expert
- To Connect with People Like You
- To Make a Difference
- To Stay Active or Knowledgeable in a Field or Topic
- To Stay Connected with Friends and Family
- To Make Money
- To Have Fun and Be Creative
#1, #7, #8, and #10 are the only ones listed that I feel are reasons why I blog. I love the freedom of it, I get a thrill when someone mentions they read something on my blog, I teach about blogs in class, I can write/say what I like, I can comment on anything, there are no limits, and even if my comments are trivial or of no interest to anyone but me - I want to blog anyway.
You can get addicted to blogging - David Wallace writing in the SearchRank website lists "10 Signs That You May Be a Blog Addict". Among the signs: "You get inspiration for new blog posts at the strangest times – in the Jacuzzi, sitting on the toilet, during marital activities (cough, cough)… you get the picture".
So - here's to the next 400 posts!