Ramblings of an IT Consultant

Today I asked myself the question: What are my reasons for blogging?

In Blog, Technology, Wordpress on October 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm

As I have mentioned before I am quite new to blogging.  Before I started I looked at lots of blogs related to blogging.  I found lots of useful information about the topic, and my interest as a blogger began.

The main reason I decided to start my blog was initially to let my clients know what I was up to, as well as  posting useful code snippets.  Slowly the focus of my blog started to change and my topics moved onto reviews of hardware and software.  I now also enjoy having the occasional rant or sharing a funny article or video via my blog.

However since moving my blog to WordPress I have started to read more and more blog articles about things I wouldn’t usually read about.  I am pleased to say I am a fan of  freshly pressed on WordPress too!  It always amazes me the amount of useful information available online and that there are people who are more than happy to contribute.  I have been trying to search for random things via the search option,  to see how my content stands up to other blogs.  I am pleased to say that so far I feel that I am making some headway.

If I am honest I was beginning to wonder if there was a point to my blogging.  For some it seems pointless.  I was out having a beer with a few friends on Friday when I  mentioned I had now created a blog.  The response was “Why? isn’t that a bit sad?”.  Then someone said “Oh don’t tell me you find it relaxing?.  Before I got a chance to answer all of the questioned posed to me the conversation had moved on.  Sometimes I am not the most confident of people so started to doubt my reasoning behind my blog.  I get a lot of flack from people asking me how I have time to blog when I am so busy running my business.

So all of this got me thinking.  I can still stand by my initial thoughts on starting my blog.  Below are my main reasons for blogging:

  • To give potential and current customers a view of the work I have undertaken in the past and my capabilities
  • When I have the time to review hardware and software
  • To help other programmers with code and ideas of things I have found useful
  • To have the occasional rant.  It’s good to get bad experiences or days off your chest
  • Throw ideas out to other people.  Sometimes for help mostly out of interest
  • Provide links to useful and funny stuff on the web
  • Provide myself with a creative outlet
  • Have Fun!

After completing my list it makes my reasons blogging clear and put a little smile on my face.  Maybe its indulgent, maybe its therapy but one thing is for sure, I now truly understand my reasons for blogging!

So I suppose the big question is…..  Why do you blog?

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  1. Great post! I suppose I also had the same problem… I went into blogging after I had checked out some websites. I compared good blogs with bad ones and made a list of the things that attracted me to them.

    The reason I started blogging was because I enjoyed writing about books. When I discovered the world of ‘book blogging’ I thought it was perfect for me. Blogging helps me interact with like-minded people and helps me develop my writing skills. I also feel like I’m giving a true review of the books I read which is very important for booklovers. I have come across some books that have been praised for advertising purposes. I wasted my time and money buying them. While this doesn’t seem like a bad thing for the average reader it’s a big deal for people out there who read on average 1-2 books a week.

    Other upsides to book blogging is getting in touch with publishers who send you free copies of books for reviewing purposes. I’ve also had a few authors approach me too. Altogether, blogging helps me to stay in touch with the world of books while having fun at the same time. It has made reading an interactive passtime that may hopefully, turn into something much better yet.

    • Well I am pleased you have kept on going. I find your reviews interesting especially as the books you read would not usually be my cup of tea. I like humorous, easy to read books. I read mostly at night and have a vivid imagination as it is!

      I love blogging when I get the time so will not give up. I am noticing my less technical posts get a lot of attention so maybe I should just stick with those.

  2. Yes, I’m finding that posts aimed at a more general audience do get more responses. The same goes for the types of books I review. I’ve discovered that most readers (whether they are literary or not) tend to respond to ‘safe’ titles. A post on Jane Austen is always more welcome than a more obscure author. It also does wonders to the stats!

    I suppose it’s finding a balance between easy-to-read topics and areas of more specialism. I think you are going in the right direction with these posts. Keep up the good work!

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