Reading authorblog's series of posts entitled "Sunday Roast" where he interviews bloggers made me stop and think this morning about why people blog.
When I first moved to Turkey I kept a diary, in a series of exercise books. I found it interesting to look back over them at the problems and experiences I had encountered.
Unfortunately, during one of our many house moves, I lost them, and never bothered to start again.
I've only been using the internet for about 3 years now and it was only fairly recently that I actually discovered blogs. In fact I'd heard the word "blog" bandied about but never knew what it meant, or had the inclination to find out.
Two of my "followers" actually encouraged me to start and I'm very glad I did. It's like writing my diary all over again.
I always enjoyed writing. I loved doing the assignments when I did courses with the Open University some years ago.
I always thought I'd like to write a book but I don't have the discipline necessary for that. Blogging means I don't have to structure what I write. I don't need to plan the beginning, the middle and the end of my story. I can just switch on my laptop and write whatever comes into my head. And it never reaches a conclusion...it just goes on and on....like a diary. And it's a perfect way of getting it all off your chest..it's very therapeutic.
The added bonus of course is that, even though I do this mostly for myself, I have gathered followers along the way, which means I have also discovered their blogs, the reading of which is another enjoyable pastime.
So...my blogger friends... please tell me...why do you blog?