On the way back from Santa Fe last month I dismissed writing letters to the editor with the old laugh line “writing letter to the editor is the first sign of senility.” My friend replied “I thought blogging was the first sign of senility?” She then made the very sensible argument that the act of putting your thoughts on a subject into 300 words so that it could be printed in the paper was a great way to get clarity. Her comment got me thinking about why I blog.
I started my blog in January of 2006 about three and a half years and 900 entries ago. I didn’t keep any notes of my original intent but I think I started it:
- To practice writing
- To stay current with the technology
- And to share my ideas.
It has become an electronic version of going to the pub and having a rant, a laugh, a joke or telling a story. It allows me to stay in touch with my groups, avoid writing a book and daydream about thousands of daily readers. Thinking about my blog entries effects my behavior. I always have my camera with me. When I am hiking or driving or sitting I see thing as they would appear on my blog.
So why do I keep my blog going?
- It is great fun
- It causes me to see the good,the interesting and the quirky
- The nearly daily exercise causes me to clarify my thoughts on whatever subject I try.
To paraphrase Decarte: