Why Do I Blog?

Lorraine, aka blindzanygirl, asked us today, “Why Do You Blog?”

I started blogging in 2005 when I mentioned to a work associate that I enjoyed writing short stories and also writing letters to the editor of my local newspaper, a number of which had been published. He suggest that I should consider blogging. So I did. First I blogged at Blogger. Then, in 2009, I migrated to TypePad. In 2013, I switched to WordPress, and by then I was addicted to blogging.

By 2015, I had become so preoccupied with blogging that my work was suffering, my marriage was suffering, and I knew I had to reassess my priorities. So in April of 2015, I abruptly quit blogging.

I retired at the end of 2016. By then my wife and I had also sorted out our issues. And with the insanity of Donald Trump having been elected POTUS, I was itching to get back to blogging in order to express my outrage.

So on May 14, 2017, I published my first post on This, That, and the Other.

So why do I blog? Well, I still like to write short stories (flash fiction). I still enjoy writing letter-to-the-editor-type post wherein I share my opinions, views, perspective, and outrage. But most of all, it’s my ability to interact daily with a wonderful, supportive, and global community of bloggers who encourage me to keep on blogging.

What about you? Why do you blog? Click on the link to Lorraine’s post at the beginning of this post and let her know.

14 thoughts on “Why Do I Blog?

  1. Marilyn Armstrong May 7, 2023 / 2:23 pm

    I was introduced to blogging because I needed information about my cameras and I found someone online who had the answers. To be able to comment, I had to “sign in” to WordPress — which was a very different company than it is now.

    It was about 8 or 9 months later I finally decided to actually try blogging. That was in 2012. I think I posted once in April, once more in June, and finally, around August, began to get into the groove. But it was 2012 and the blogging world was hopping. I shot to the top really fast. I also wrote a lot. I’m at the other end of the slide now and posting less because life keeps intruding on my blogging.

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      • Marilyn Armstrong May 7, 2023 / 4:04 pm

        2012 was Obama’s second term and the internet was sizzling! It was a good time to start blogging — unlike now when there seem to be very few young bloggers and lot of we old ones. I haven’t given up, mind you, but I think the biggest days of blogging are over. That was when you actually had a CHOICE of platforms.

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        • peNdantry May 8, 2023 / 12:03 am

          Bah. Things go in cycles. Blogging is a worthwhile activity, for many reasons If there’s a perception that it’s currently out of fashion, perhaps that’s just because we’ve lost those who lost interest in the latest new fad. I still see blogging n👀bs arriving (no idea whether or not they’re old fogeys like us, of course). Who knows what the future holds?

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  2. blindzanygirl May 7, 2023 / 2:45 pm

    Lol Fandango I love the pic. Thanks for your explanation, it’s really interesting.

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  3. Sadje May 7, 2023 / 8:29 pm

    Blogging serves so many purposes, the most important being that it gives us an avenue to express ourselves.

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  4. Renard Moreau May 7, 2023 / 11:07 pm

    🙂 Fandango, I am so happy that you took up blogging. WordPress would not be the same without you, my friend.

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    • Fandango May 8, 2023 / 8:47 am

      I’m sure WordPress would be doing just fine without me, Renard, but thanks for your kind words.

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