At some point or another those who blog and those who read blogs end up having some sort of dialogue (internal or external) about blogging.
The Voice’s workplace has recently launched a blog. (Though, as it allows no comment, I would argue that it is more of an archive of articles.) And, as a clever sort of chap, The Voice feels compelled (or is being compelled!) to add his own opinion to the chorus.
My friend and former colleague Leisa and I often talk about blogging. She blogs regularly – I don’t. This blog is my most recent and, it must be said, most consistent attempt.
I recently read a newspaper article about bloggers. People doing it for self-promotion, for money, for fame.
So what is my motivation?
I think it is similar to my motivation for Twittering. I like reading other people’s blogs and I love reading other people’s Twitters; my blog is just another way of joining in.
Or is it?
Yawdogs suggests that Twittering is more about showing off in front of one’s friends. The thing is, I don’t tend to show off in front of my friends. What I have always done is communicate. I love talking, discussing, debating, arguing; I used to write lots of letters (and still write a few). Now I have all these new ways of ‘talking’ to the people I know. What is remarkable is that even though I blog and Twitter (and Flickr) most of the people I know will talk to me about the things I write about offline (or at least in one-to-one channels like skype or msn), some of them even apologise for not commenting directly to the blog.
Don’t get me wrong, I am pretty sure I would love to have an enormously popular blog, get invited to speak at great conferences and publish an amazingly interesting book. However, while I am still developing those great ideas that will make me the Queen of Blogistan, trailblazer and visionary all input is gratefully received, regardless of medium.