What’s the point of blogging?

IMG_5754While I was taking my sabbatical from blogging and other writing projects this summer, I had some time to think about an important question, “What’s the point of blogging?”

More specifically, “Why the heck do I blog when there are a million other things I could do with my time?”

Here are some of the reasons I’ve heard others give for doing it (definitely not an exhaustive list):

  • Building a “platform”
  • Want to share expertise and information
  • Trying out writing styles and content for future books and articles
  • Bored and looking for something to do

Because none of these reasons will motivate me to continue doing it long-term, either because they don’t apply to me at all or they aren’t that important to me (I’ll let you figure out which is which), I continued to seek a reason to continue blogging other than the fact that I really enjoy doing it.

Then I remembered something Becca said when I was frustrated about the low number of readers and comments a few weeks after I started blogging (for the wrong reasons) last year.

“Phil, don’t blog for anyone else or write something because just because someone said that you’re ‘supposed to.’  Just write what God puts on your heart so that our kids can someday read about what their daddy was thinking and going through when they were young.”

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Now that’s motivation!

And her encouragement also provides a great filter for all posts because I only want to write reflections of what is actually going on in my life and mind (wouldn’t want to mislead my kids when they’re older : )).

While I know that God has used and will continue to use my posts to help others in various ways whether I have 1 or 1 million readers, that’s not why I blog.  I’m simply not that important and God can use millions of other people to do the same thing.

But my role in my kids’ lives is different . . . So, I will continue to blog with honesty, vulnerability, and passion for my kids and their future families.

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That’s something that will keep me writing.

  • alekdavis

    I think, blogging (as well as writing in general) is not (or, at least, does not start as) something you do for a specific reason, especially for the purpose of winning popularity contests (unless you’re already an established public figure). For many popular bloggers, it started with no great expectations, and for some, it was just a chance that their writings became noticed. I’m pretty sure lots of great writings will remain unknown for the public at large because they did not have that lucky chance. There is a great episode in one old Soviet comedy, when a guy asks an inspiring young author (and this may be a quote from someone): “Have you heard the saying: if you can keep yourself from writing, don’t write?” The bottom line is that some people just can’t hold it inside them, so they need to write. And I think, that’s where great writings start. Well, that and more benign reasons, like keeping the info organized (that’s what I do, mostly for my personal benefit).