Why Blog?

Why Blog? - Graphic by Susan l. Davenport

Why should I create a blog and work to come up with something interesting to post on a regular basis? As an aspiring writer, I am learning that blogging is considered an essential part of promoting myself as a writer. Experts insist it is an excellent way for me to become accustomed to others reading my writing, and it will help me to develop a readership.

Blogging advocates have told me that I have a voice and my voice matters and needs to be heard. I have to admit; I was initially skeptical about that. Sure, I have opinions, and I know something about a lot of things, but I’m not an expert on anything. Why would strangers be interested in my blog?

Professional bloggers suggest I focus on topics that interest me. I’m interested in almost everything—life is fascinating. There is a spider in my garden with a bright yellow shell like that of a crab – that is fascinating to me. I have photographed the spider and researched it. Now I know it is a female spiny-backed orb weaver, but how many other people think cool looking spiders are remarkable?

It rained one day, and I took pictures of the raindrops on the roses in my back yard and pondered the best way to describe them in writing. Should I expound on them in depth like Zane Grey would have, or take a more modern approach with a brief description before getting back to the action? I find questions like that thought-provoking. Would only another aspiring writer find the post intriguing, or would non-writers enjoy the whimsy and the photographs as well?

I have a young Doberman named Toby. It’s Toby’s job to play with me and make me laugh, and he takes his job very seriously. It was Toby who first inspired me to write. When he was a baby, I wrote short stories about his antics and posted them on Facebook. My FB friends loved them. They pointed out that my Toby stories were very much like blogging, and since I enjoyed creating the Toby stories I would probably enjoy creating blog posts as well. I did enjoy creating the Toby stories, so it is possible my friends are right.

I am a full-time caregiver. My husband is disabled and has been for almost twenty years. Now he is beginning to experience confusion and show symptoms that may evolve into dementia or Alzheimer’s. Several of my friends are suggesting I blog about my experiences as a caregiver over the years. They tell me my positive attitude and my ability to laugh about situations like finding the expensive hearing aid soaking in the denture cleaning solution will help others know that they aren’t alone in their day-to-day struggles. If blogging will help others, then there is value in that, but care-giving can’t be the only topic of my blog.

I am more than a caregiver. I am more than an aspiring writer. I am more than someone who finds strength in the quiet serenity of nature. There are many facets to my personality and my life.  Would a blog reflecting my diverse interests be thought-provoking for others or confusing?

Many experts suggest that readers are more likely to subscribe to a blog focused on a single topic, such as writing or care-giving because they assume they will find all the posts noteworthy. I can understand their logic, yet I find that I am not captivated by each new post I receive from the blogs I subscribe to, even though they focus on one topic.

So why blog? Believe it or not, I got on Bing.com and asked that question. There were lots of answers, but the one that stood out the most to me is because it’s fun. I like that idea. Writing a blog about what interests me might be a lot of fun. There are so many fascinating things in our world that I should have no problem finding new subjects for my posts. Of course, someone else might not agree with me about what is interesting, but that’s okay—our differing opinions might be the beginning of an intriguing dialog.

So, I’m going to give it a try. I’m excited about the idea now. I expect to learn many wonderful new things as I search my world for interesting topics to blog about. What fun!