Ever tried to explain blogging to someone who’s never read a blog and doesn’t even know what the word means? If so, I hope you made a better job of it than I did. I left feeling I’d done a disservice not just to myself but to the millions of other people who spend their time doing this.
During the course of my stumbling explanation, I found myself saying “I write to be read.” Well, that’s true, I suppose. I also write to get better at writing. I write to connect with people like me. (Are there any people like me?) I blog to encourage myself to write more, whether it’s fiction, non-fiction or anything in between.
Blogging allows me to explore ideas and develop my skill. You might argue that it’s better to do that in private, and stuff the results in a drawer, never to see the light of day. But then how would you know whether your words were touching people? How would you know whether your writing was improving? Would you be motivated to write regularly if nobody was reading?
I’ve said it before, but writing begets writing. The more frequently you write, the more you will be thinking about writing, and the more you think about it, the more likely you are to actually pick up the pen. It doesn’t have to be blogging. Anything that encourages you to write regularly, and keep on writing regularly, has to be good. For me, blogging provides a framework, a community, and a digital kick in the pants.