Why write a blog? I asked myself back in February. It’ll be a waste of time and I won’t have the time to keep it going. I’ll get fed up of it within a couple of weeks. So what’s the point?
Well I’ve actually surprised myself that I’m still going and quite enjoying it.
I began it for a number of reasons. Here are the main ones:
1) Sheer curiosity
I read about people writing blogs and wondered what the fascination could possibly be. What is it that keeps people writing what are often short accounts of their day, their thoughts, or opinions? What motivates a person to keep up this type of writing? And why do other people enjoy reading them?
2) Writing practice
I don’t get to write (or type) freely at work, apart from notes on a customer’s account or logging complaints. It’s very rare to be able to write about anything and everything, so the blog has enabled me to do that. I did a writing diploma many years ago – last century in fact – and I’ve not done anything with it. I thought keeping a blog might be a way of getting in a bit of practice again.
3) Letting off steam
After a stressful or crazy day the blog has been great for getting the stress out of my system. It’s also enabled me to voice opinions about work related matters, and write what I’d really like to say to some of the customers who phone in. It’s been a great vent at times. Writing is definitely good therapy.
4) Keeping my brain active
Some work days can be mind numbing. Writing the blog has given me something to look forward to other than sitting on the phone. It’s kept my brain active after a boring day. I’ve kept a note book on my desk to jot down any notes about memorable calls, or even any ideas about stories that I want to start writing again.
I admit I started the blog with writing every day, but it’s now every few days. This is more to do with lack of time due to my shift pattern. Earlier in the year I was able to change my shift to nice early hours. Can’t do that now. It’s messed me up a bit. A lot actually. I much prefer starting early and finishing early.
I have been surprised how easy it is to write this blog, and how much I’m enjoying it. I also enjoy reading the blogs of other people and getting ideas from them. They sometimes job my memory of instances at work, or give me ideas from the way they’ve been written or set out.
It’s been really good to know that some people have enjoyed reading my blog, and some are even following me. A big THANK YOU!
I’m already working on the next one…