Why Blog?

I’ve been asked by several friends recently questions along the lines of "Why should I write a blog?" and "How do you motivate yourself to blog?"

And it’s true; a lot of people lose motivation. There is a lot of "blogrot" in the blogging community. An article on BBC News last week said:

The blogging phenomenon is set to peak in 2007, according to technology predictions by analysts Gartner.

The analysts said that during the middle of next year the number of blogs will level out at about 100 million.

The firm has said that 200 million people have already stopped writing their blogs.

I’ve certainly been through quite a few blogs. Generally I’ve tried to keep a technology/computing blog running as well as a personal one which I write for friends and family. Cow’s Blog has been doing pretty well. It’s been running since April 2004 (running for 32 months).

Cow’s Blog has generally been updated about twice a day, although this has fluctuated. More recently this has gone down to around three or four posts a week due to other commitments, high workload and part of it is to do with the fact I haven’t written a line of HTML or PHP in quite a while…

So why blog?

Everybody has different motivations for blogging. These could range from writing for fun, writing for practice, just wanting to keep in contact with friends&family or blogging to make money. For me, it’s for the fun of writing, sharing opinions and hearing those of others. Before blogging I used to post quite a lot on forums and blogging has essentially replaced that. The posting frequency of this blog has gone down a little recently but it’s been supplemented by the other blogs I maintain.

The main reason why people stop blogging is because they don’t enjoy it. It’s possible that it was never fun in the first place, or you can lose interest because not many people seem to be reading or commenting on your writings. Another reason could be because the time it takes to maintain the blog has risen – for example if you get a lot of spam comments.

I thoroughly enjoy blogging and writing and I encourage others to give it a go. You might lose interest after a while or "run out" of things to write about, but I still think it’s a thoroughly worthwhile thing to do.

Does anybody have any tips on how to make blogging seem less tedious? Or perhaps you’ve learnt or done some amazing things from your blog? Are there ways for us to be able to encourage our friends to blog and combat blogrot?

3 thoughts on “Why Blog?

  1. Blogging to me is a form of relaxation. I don’t really care so much about money as much as just having fun writing.

  2. Hi
    I am not a blogger. I quickly tried to see how it works a long time ago with msn (livespace) but I was not really able to write interesting things everyday.
    Actually I have a question: how do you find inspiration? Because it’s all about content. I don’t know what to say. I could talk about my work (I’m a TV producer) but if I do that I will have to talk about deals I am doing and I’m not allowed to do that.
    So definitely how do you start a blog and how do you know you are talking about the right things people are looking for?

    Nicolas

  3. Dear Nicolas,

    I will agree with you that it is very hard to find things to write everyday! Since I began working full time, I’ve found it much harder to find inspiration and time to write posts!

    A lot of the time I have discussions with friends or I read things on websites or magazines which interest me and I then make a blog post about them. I sometimes blog about topics related to work (though not work itself) because it’s something I know a lot about!

    Hope this helps!

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