With Technorati tracking more than 108.4 million blogs, why on earth would anyone add to the already overcrowded world of blogging? Especially a blog about internet marketing!
To be honest, it was a hard decision to make. I mean, who really has the time, you know? Between work, school, wife, kids & my aggressive television viewing schedule there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to sit down and type.
So why do it? Well, here are my 5 best reasons for writing a blog…
To Learn to Write
I am not a natural writer. I am not one of those people that can just sit down and produce great content. It’s not that I don’t have the ideas, it’s really a practice and experience thing. I am writing so that I can be a better writer – a vicious cycle if you are reading early posts like this one. :)
To Understand my own Thoughts
I am the type of person that has to be on the explaining end in order to really learn something. Even back in high school I learned best if I could be the one doing the teaching. It’s even better if I can demonstrate something. So translating that into blogging – in order for me to understand things as fully as I would like, I have to have a conversation about it. To effectively get something out of my head, I have to either talk it out or write it down.
To Learn the System
I am a big nerd. I really like to get my head around new systems. In order to do that, I have to dive right in and play around. I love creating online content – both the graphic design end as well as the technological application end. How I’ve managed to last this long before getting this up and running is a mystery even to me.
To Make a Name for Myself
I would be a terrible liar if I didn’t mention the fact that I want to use this blog to improve my own personal brand. I have the opportunity with my current employer to meet a lot of very influential people, and interact with some of the more notorious online personalities. Most of these leaders have built their notoriety through the articles and content they have generated on their blogs and other socially interactive sites. I don’t imagine that I will ever be “famous” but it would be nice if at least someone knew who I was before I had to tell them.
To Join the Conversation
I have learned a ton from reading the great blogs and books. Up until now I have been very passive, and simply read and absorbed. Now that I have learned and grown, it’s about time I stopped reading the conversation, and started contributing a bit. It’s the next inevitable step.
So how about you? What motivates you to write? If you somehow managed to find this first post, please leave a comment.