Friday, October 28, 2005

Why Blog?

A few reasons, I guess.

1. I like to write. Since high school, I have been an inveterate journal-keeper. This seemed like a logical extension, though I have to admit that my entries here haven’t yet delved into the sorts of personal topics I might keep in a journal. Maybe because...
2. I like to have an audience. Which I hadn’t entirely realized before. My first aim was to write here for me. But the fact that others might want to read it also has been a nice surprise. And, perhaps sadly, I’ve grown addicted to that little site counter and checking out who’s checked in. So be sure to say “hey” when you stop by!
3. Discussing politics and religion – even among my friends and family – has become touchy. Why? Because it seems people automatically jump to angry when you put forth an opinion that, God forbid, might question the eternal wisdom of the president or the pope. So I do it here – and I can work on my logic and arguments, too, to better prepare for those real-life encounters.
4. Because, much like Dave Mathews, I’ve got so much to say.

Scott Adams, Dilbert creator, recently came up with his own reasons why people blog:

1. The world sure needs more of ME.
2. Maybe I’ll shout more often so that people nearby can experience the joy of knowing my thoughts.
3. No, wait, shouting looks too crazy.
4. I know – I’ll write down my daily thoughts and badger people to read them.
5. If only there was a description for this process that doesn’t involve the words egomaniac or unnecessary.
6. What? It’s called a blog? I’m there!

Can’t say I totally disagree with him.

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