The first assignment for Blogging 201 asks us to consider our goals for blogging.
WordPress tutors asked these questions:
Why do you blog? To gain notoriety? To secure a book contract? To self-publish your work? To establish yourself as a leader in your field? To gain followers? Traffic? To connect with others? To work through and clarify your own thoughts?
Initially, I passed by this exercise. I figure that I am well acquainted with my goals and I’m satisfied with how how my blog looks.
I surfed away from the assignment and set out to find something to read.
That’s when it hit me. One of the most important features of this site (for me, anyway) is the chance to read good writing. When I find an author that grabs me, I want to engage with them and to offer my support and encouragement. Because, after all, I’ll have nothing to read if they have nothing to write!
So, I went back to today’s assignment to underscore the key points from the prompt.
Why do you blog? To gain notoriety? Nope. I’m as notorious as I want to be, thanks.
To secure a book contract? Not at the moment, but I’ll admit that the carrot is dangling somewhere there out in the haze.
To self-publish your work? Getting warmer, but still not THE main reason.
To establish yourself as a leader in your field? Oh WordPress, you make me laugh and laugh.
To gain followers? Traffic? Sure, it’s nice. The ego took a hit yesterday when my tally dropped from 199 to 197 followers. So, yeah, who’s counting? Me, that’s who.
To connect with others? To work through and clarify your own thoughts? Now you’re talking!
Talking! Key word here. Not talking into a void, but with other people, connecting, engaging, and exploring my world through the written word of others.
That’s why I blog. To Read. Then to muse, and finally, to write.
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