Why Do We Blog?

A new meme of tag is making its way around the blogosphere, Why Do I Blog? I was tagged by Valeria Maltoni and Chris Cree. That they even know of my existence is, in part, a testimony of why we blog – Connectivity.

So, the guideline is to share "5 Reasons Why I Blog," but rebel that I often am, twice tagged allows me ten (?).

Here’s What I Looked For Going In:

  • Findability – Like any business, I wanted those looking for my services to be able to find me in a search query. So, I started a blog site.
  • Extendability – The nature of the work I was doing meant I could get clients anywhere, and I wanted to extend my voice beyond Iowa. So, I started a blog site.
  • Affordability – The previous two items would be very expensive years ago. Phone book ads, banner ads, email newsletters, highway-robbery web (under)development costs…So I started a blog site.
  • Sustainability – Change is constant (except on many cob-web pages), and I wanted something that I could easily add to and modify. So, I started a blog site.
  • Trustability – Static web sites; Phone Book ads; marketing speak in general is so…plastic. Truth always bubbles up over time. So, I started a blog site.

Here’s What I Found:

  • Community – Many of the people I’ve met through or because of blogging have become friends. Whether we share interests, professions or region – we’re a community.
  • Connectivity – Bloggers are connectors. Need a <fill in the blank>? Post it on your blog and watch connections start to happen.
  • Collaboration – As a natural next step to connectivity, collaboration often begins. I’ve collaborated on projects, startups, events and even poetry.
  • Creativity – All of the above ignite the creative juices in my mind and spirit. There is so much talent out here. And put forth in so many different fashions. WOW.
  • Cumulation – I’ve become smarter, better, softer, faster…in part because of the blogs I read, the tools introduced, the people who have touched us.

Who’s Next:

Hold the phone my friendly reader – remember that rebel spirit I mentioned above? Though I’ve only tagged five above, that doesn’t mean you should stay silent. I’m tagging you now right between the i’s. If you want to share your Why I Blog – I’d love to read it (and this will be good practice to trackback here)

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Comments

  1. says

    Mike,
    This is a true FEAST for someone who loves the five Cs — I’m really glad we’re breaking virtual bread together. And this is where I usually break into song 😉

  2. says

    Why Do I Blog?

    I learned from Mike Sansone that there’s a blog meme that’s taken off. The guideline is to share 5 Reasons Why I Blog. I wasn’t tagged, but I decided to join in the fun anyway. I started to blog because:

  3. Frank Roche says

    Hi Mike,
    I smiled when I saw the ping today. I have a train ride today to NYC, so I’ll put down some thoughts and click a trackback. Fun one. I really like the “extend your voice beyond Iowa.” That certianly has happened…cool thing about blogging is you get a worldwide audience. And we hear you in Philadelphia!
    (BTW: My wife is an Iowan. Hawkeye. Daughter of an FS man, so they lived all over the place…Osky, Dyersville and Des Moines were a few of the places, in addition to Iowa City. We spent Christmas with her sister in Dubuque this year.)

  4. Jenny says

    Hey!
    I just began to read your blog and it’s very interesting. I’m enrolled in a management class and the teacher wants us to start our own blog. Do you have any tips for me? I’m a newbie to this!
    Thanks!

  5. says

    Hi Mike, you really stir ConverStations! You have passed on an exciting challenge and it will be fun to rise to the challenge. But, please do be patient. Right now I’m working with university faculty in Ireland and the days are jam packed. I was up today at 5:30 a.m. and will be working an all day session often followed by a meal out in the evening. Love the work and couldn’t be in a more fun country. Talk soon and I will be following up on this! Thanks.

  6. says

    > Valeria! Thanks for letting me share the FEAST. Mangia pani! (By the way, see the widget on the right side to leave singing messages:-))
    > Hi Frank – You must be right about Philly. Two comments in a row from The City that Brother Blog Loves. Next time you come this way, drop me a line. I used to live in Hershey & Camp Hill…oh we were so close!
    > Hiya Wendy – As you know, the beauty of blogging isn’t to top each other, but to provide the toppings on conversations. You add a lot of flavor to these.
    > Hi Jenny – Great question. I know several educators using blogs for class. Two to check out are Dr. Delaney Kirk and Lauren Vargas’ Marcom Colloquy
    > Robyn – Take your time and travel safe. Living conversations, these are, right?

  7. says

    > Valeria! Thanks for letting me share the FEAST. Mangia pani! (By the way, see the widget on the right side to leave singing messages:-))
    > Hi Frank – You must be right about Philly. Two comments in a row from The City that Brother Blog Loves. Next time you come this way, drop me a line. I used to live in Hershey & Camp Hill…oh we were so close!
    > Hiya Wendy – As you know, the beauty of blogging isn’t to top each other, but to provide the toppings on conversations. You add a lot of flavor to these.
    > Hi Jenny – Great question. I know several educators using blogs for class. Two to check out are Dr. Delaney Kirk and Lauren Vargas’ Marcom Colloquy
    > Robyn – Take your time and travel safe. Living conversations, these are, right?

  8. says

    Hello Mike,
    Great meme.
    I entered the blogosphere by accident (sort of). I was responding out of frustration from an offer that I purchased on the Internet. But, now I blog because I enjoy it very much.

  9. says

    My mission is to coach and guide people to help them improve their relationship with their health and well being through my writing. If one day I can make some money from doing it then great, but if I can help one person make the difference, well there’s the motivation for me. Plus, sad maybe, I love blogging!

    • says

      A great mission/vision, Larry! Not sad at all that you love blogging – it’s helpful to others (as is your compass) and to self. Stay contagious! It’s a positive