Thursday, March 03, 2011
The Value of Blogging
Over on our Twelve by Twelve blog, we are hosting a 12-day celebration of the release of our book, and inviting folks to answer questions for a chance to win a copy of the book. My question yesterday invited our friends to talk about how they used the internet and social media technology in their creative life.
As a blogger, I should not be surprised that almost everyone mentioned blogging. Reading blogs for inspiration and ideas and techniques and tutorials was a common factor -- and quite a number of folks mentioned that it had inspired them to start their own blogs.
Those of us who started blogging before it was in the mainstream have had a lot of puzzled looks and inquiries: "Why do you blog?" "What do you write about?" And, I must admit, there are times when I wonder myself why I'm doing it. After all, there's an aspect of narcissism in writing about one's life and thoughts and creative pursuits, and assuming that someone would want to read it.
But for anyone who has ever wondered about the value of blogging, the way blogging inspires and connects people with similar interests is sure apparent in the way our Twelve by Twelve friends answered that one question. It's a pretty amazing endorsement of how putting yourself out there -- whether through blogging, or commenting on others' blogs, or just reading and absorbing -- fuels a lot of creativity.