People blog for different reasons.
Some blog to earn a living. Some to chronicle a life adventure – a cycling trip around the world or across a continent. Some to journalize their daily lives. And, some to grow their business.
I blog because I enjoy the process. Each post teaches me something. And, each makes me a better writer. I enjoy finding the right word to express a thought, the right image to tell a story. I usually begin with a headline and then an image. If they are focused, the words flow easily. If not, I change the headline or image. In doing so, my thinking takes a new path. I get unstuck.
Blogging has gotten easier. When I began I had to learn HTML and create my own pages. Today, I use WordPress. A tool considered by many to be the best blogging platform available. It supports numerous layout themes, a rich set of add-ons (widgets) to enhance the pages and comprehensive analytics. There are also numerous on-line resources – dictionaries, thesaurus, Google, Scoop.it, Wikipedia … A blogger can plan, research, write, edit, refine, enrich with a few keystrokes. I remember the days of my hand written and illustrated journals. The process was arduous. And, painfully slow.
Easier is the wrong word. Convenient is a better descriptor. Writing is certainly not easy. It is work. And, it is time consuming. But it is also rewarding. Whether anyone listens or not is immaterial. I do not write to be heard. I write to listen. To listen to and develop my own thoughts. And, listen to those around me. If they like what I say, that is great. If not, it doesn’t matter. I write to write. Not to persuade. Not to convince. Not to be liked.
Do I pay attention to WordPress’s analytics? Absolutely. It fascinates me that people all over the world have access to what I write. There are no restrictions. Not age, gender, race, religion, social status or political affiliation. Anyone with internet access, can read what I write. They can like it. Or not. They can comment. Or not. That is the power of the web. It is ubiquitous. What begins as a single thought in my mind is propogated throughout the world, perhaps beyond. And, that single thought may inspire another, and another, and another until those thoughts are a symphony resonating around the world.
That is the reason I write. To make this a better place, one word at a time. And, that is how blogging is like cycling.
You thought this wasn’t about cycling.
Both are an adventure. Both allow me to go where I please, when I please. Both allow me to proceed under my own power, at my own pace. And, both make this a better place. One word and one less car at a time.