Why Do You Blog? RWW Examines The State Of The Blogosphere
November 16, 2007
Quick hit: this thought-provoking post by Read Write Web examines the state of the blogosphere and asks readers why they blog – I started to write a response and then figured it might be better off as a blog post.
First of all, I think that blogging is starting to reach a level of mainstream acceptance – there are always going to be media types and others who disparage bloggers, but as a whole, people are reading blogs (even if they don’t realize it) and many people, from professionals of all types to dedicated citizen journalists, have blogs. The concept of a blog as a self-promotional or marketing tool has also gained a certain amount of acceptance. However, blogging is definitely not the hot new web thing anymore – and that’s okay. After all, at the most basic level, it’s just a content management system (albeit one that search engines happen to like), and one that that I believe will be considered a basic component of the media some day.
Why do I blog? Mainly, it’s to communicate and share my ideas with people around the world (and if it happens to lead to some freelance work, all the better). Also, I like having a record of what I was thinking at a given point in time – it’s interesting to look back on. And last but certainly not least, I keep a blog because it introduces me to new people and writers through comments, trackbacks, blogrolls, links, and various other webby connections.