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Ten reasons why I blog

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1. For the title, blogger.

It may not be much of a title, but at least it’s better than nothing, which is exactly how my six-year old filled in the blank of what her mother does.

Besides, Oprah is going off the air.

2. Therapy

Shrinks are expensive; blogging is cheap.

3. To be published

I always wanted to be, and now I am! Who knew it was so easy?  I don’t make a living by it, but everyone knows money is overrated in our society.

4. Twitter sucks

I guess I’m not succinct, the 140 character thing stymies me, as does the whole follower issue.  Blogging, in contrast, is easy; set up your blog and you’re off to the races, followers notwithstanding.

5. Release

I don’t know about you, but I have been walking around writing essays in my head for my whole life, or at least since I learned how to compose an essay in high school.  It’s not always relevant – when I’m unloading the dishwasher I might be writing a piece about Nelson Mandela or reviewing Wuthering Heights, so very random.  I finally have a place to put these thoughts, poorly constructed or otherwise.

6. Shameless self-promotion

My ego thinks what I have to say is important or witty.  You need not weigh in here – ignorance is bliss.

7.  Demystify modernity

I wasn’t really sure what a blog was before a few months ago.  It sounded sexy, I wanted in!  The best way to learn is by doing, so after meeting with my friend who blogs I took a deep breath and started my own.  I still have a lot to learn, I keep subscribing to the RSS feeds for other blogs but then don’t know where to find them, but I’m getting there, albeit more like the turtle than the hare.

8. No editorial haggling

It really is like having your own column, or owning a newspaper and writing all of the content – you have free reign to say what you want in as many or few words as you like.  It’s like Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park without the box.  At least I’m the boss of my blog, if nothing else.

9. Beats scrapbooking

I’m not one for literally cutting and pasting, and on the couple of occasions I forayed into this other mystical world I wound up with ten paper cuts  – as if life wasn’t hard enough.  I attempted to document my first child’s life for her first two years, and then called it a day.  My second and third children sometimes complain about this exclusion, to which I reply “try being the ninth child” (which reminds me, I should back up my hard drive).

10. I blog, therefore I am

Everyone seems to borrow content from somewhere, and Descartes is as good as the next guy.  I blog to prove I exist.  I have an entire essay stashed in a box somewhere about why thinking also proves I exist, but it’s not online so I can’t find or remember what I said.  You see where I’m going.

Why don’t you blog?  Everyone’s doing it.

  1. January 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I’m with you on every point, Deanne!

    May I add #11 for me?

    11. For the talented writers I’ve met online. I am part of an amazing, supportive community of wordsmiths who understand me and what I do (without having to explain it!).


  2. January 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Right back at you – this widespread and wonderful community is a huge added bonus to the craft.

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