March 06, 2003
Why I blog

Christian asks why people blog. Quoted (translation paraphrased by myself):

It would be interesting to know why people blog? Not in general, but individually. Most of the bloggers have a limited audience and do it mostly for themselves. It seems like the authors of many of the blogs I read are spending large amounts of time on them. What kind of thoughts do people have about their blogging?

Why I blog (not sorted in any particular order):

  • I use my blog as a public and at the same time personal "backup brain" (i.e. I can google for "andersja keyword" later to find info I remember to have jotted down previously; examples here and here)
  • I like to practice my English writing skills. English being my second or third language (depending on the definition of the two Norwegian languages as one or two distinct languages) I definitely need the practice.
  • People read my stuff & comment. I like that :-) I also like inbound links from other bloggers...
  • as Christian says in the header of his blog: "fordi sjansen at noen bryr seg............... teoretisk er tilstede" (Because the chance that someone actually cares ... is theoretically present). See also the point about comments and links above.
  • I guess the philantropic statement "creating order in the Chaos of the Internet" is a bit lofty for one person to claim but collectively all the bloggers have some sort of search engine influencing power, and with Google's recent purchase of blogger, maybe we will see blogs being used more and more as annotators for search results online (there are simply too few resources in ODP compared to the daily stream of blogged links?)
  • having had some sort of personal online prescence since '95, blogging was a natural continuation - I was subconsciously just waiting to find a tool to make it easy.
  • Using Movable Type, typing up & publishing a quick note can take as little as a minute or two. Convenient for the "backup brain" purposes (see above :-)
Why do you blog? (or if you're not a weblogger - why do you read blogs?) Do write a comment below, TrackBack or whatever...

Sponsored links
Related Entries
Comments

I think that I blog for all of your reasons plus one. The language reason I have is similar, in that I blog to improve my English, but not because its my second language, but because I can always use improvement in my writing skills. :)

The other reason I blog is to have a place to use as a technological playground. I can try out scripts, use databases, practice my skills, test out bleeding edge web technologies, etc, all without fear of messing up an 'important' webpage. Not to say I don't think my blog is important, but if it goes down for a few hours, its not going to kill anyone. I can safely practice my skills that can be practically applied elsewhere. A blog, with rotating content and database backends makes for a very fertile testing ground.

Posted by: sam on March 7, 2003 07:40 AM

I blog because...
- I enjoy the process of writing.
- I know that people enjoy reading what I write, and I get pleasure from their satisfaction.
- MovableType is a fun and fascinating toy to play with.
- I feel that through blogging I can help friends and future friends better understand what makes me tick, which in itself may hopefully lead to more harmonious relationships.
- Sometimes I need to get stuff off my chest... either wonderful exciting stuff that's making me bounce around, or contrastingly depressing stuff that's weighting me down.
- From a minor perspective, the addition of content to my site increases my site's visibility and desireability, and hence revenueability :D
- It's a bit of a showcase for (enlightened) future employers.

Posted by: Adam Lasnik on March 7, 2003 12:38 PM

It is a hobby primarily. When people ask what is it you do with your computer I just give them my url. I have problems with grammer and spelling(to much beer and pot in high school I guess) maybe blogging helps. I dunno. I have an opinion about everything blogging helps me unload excess thoughts. I like technology especially the internet. The internet is the last user defined form of entertainment, beats the hell out of television, radio, newspapers, and magazines. A good blog, forum, or news and comments site is like a chat room on steriods and it is a lot easier to establish a conversation with strangers than it would be at the library or local coffee shop.

Posted by: Dale Medley on March 7, 2003 01:34 PM

Great to hear your feedback, guys. Keep'em coming :-)

Posted by: Anders Jacobsen on March 7, 2003 05:42 PM

I blog because of a stupid hypnotic idea: in september last year I decided to picture myself everyday at 9:9am and do a site with the picture. For no obvious reason except fun!
Then I try to add comment and I discover that tools like blogger will be hepful!
Then I still make my picture every day at 9:9am and so I still blog!

Posted by: JM on March 7, 2003 05:54 PM

I started many years ago (1997) to let my parents know that I was still alive (had just moved out), and it turned into a brain-backup scheme as you mentioned.

Posted by: Arcterex on March 9, 2003 09:10 AM

I blog to force myself to be accountable for my thoughts and views– when an entry is “published” on the net it reflects what you stand for/believe in/your interpretations. Everything is open for criticism but, more importantly, comment. I blog because it encourages me to reflect on what I read and what I hear- In a period when people complain of (political) indifference I believe that blogging might be the antidote.

Posted by: Rachael on March 12, 2003 09:25 PM

Why I blog (I still don't like the verb):

1) Braindump. You described it above.

2) I love the idea of contributing my random thoughts to the public domain. I recently took the step of committing to a pd creative commons license (http://www.creativecommons.org).

3) Someone might read it and find it useful.

4) It's fun, and sometimes cathartic.

5) I like talking. And listening. It's a two-way process.

Posted by: dan on March 12, 2003 11:12 PM

I have been on the net some years and use it dayly, I read some blogs, but I do not blog and I do not have a home page. Why?
1. I am to lazy / I play games.
2. I like to know what others think and I read some blogs, but I don't know where things are headed. I want to know the sosial impact of a lot of people writing blogs on the net. The words you write today can come back and haunt you in 10 years time.
3. A new effect is emerging, get drunk on the weekend and get the pictures from the party on the net on monday. There is a steady erosion of privacy on the net.
4. With a google search you can get some information about what I am doing, but it will not give you a complete net history for the last year. Ok, some things you keep off your blog, but the inforamtion about who you realy are will seep through.
5. You expose this information to the whole world, to people you know and to people who you never met and will never meet.
I like my privacy and therefore I am not going to blog, ok I will not be as visible/cool as those who blog. But on the other hand I get to keep some more of my privacy. And I know the people who know information about me.

As a last note: When you write a blog and people can comment, you don't know who writes, but we who write know you. Anders, I know who you are and have know you for some years, but you don't know who I am from these words. How do you feel about that?

Posted by: Nobody in particular on March 14, 2003 06:37 PM

I read these blogs in order to know what others think...undiluted and not filtered by the press or politicians. Bloggers usually are very well read, very intelligent, cogent arguements are the rule......even when I disagree, it's informative. By bloggers reviewing events and opinions around the world it becomes impossible for our governments to lie without opposition. Usually, they use the press for their own ends, empowering the owners of the press with an unelected influence over our lives. The blogosphere counters this, and increasingly effectively. This is the true free press..and I appreciate it, use it.

Posted by: Jerry Greenhoot on March 16, 2003 11:12 PM

I blog because I want to write down for myself and for other readers (I hope)how I reflect over things that happen around me. It force me to think seriously about my stand in different cases.
I read blogs to see what other people think.

Posted by: Ellen Dahl on March 17, 2003 12:36 AM

I like the idea of sharing my thoughts with others. It's so interesting to see how others think about things, especially when they see them differently than I do ... adds insight that's useful to me.

Posted by: Russ Campbell on April 9, 2003 06:12 PM

I blog because it satisfies my urge to

1) write
2) create and design (or vice versa)
3) criticize the government ineptitude and ridicule corrupt politicians publicly
4) write current history as I see it.

Posted by: Sassy on July 23, 2003 09:14 PM

My blog acts as a repository for interesting things I've come across, but more importantly what I thought or felt about them at the time. You can keep meticulously organised set of bookmarks for pure links, but the thoughts and emotions accompanying them get lost.

I've learned a lot from the links and articles people have posted (across many types of blogs). Hopefully in some small way, I can give something back to the wider community.

Posted by: Prasad on August 25, 2003 02:09 PM

I blog because I like interaction, I don't do anything but sit at home on my computer. SO bloggin is like a little cocktail party for me, woo hoo! lets have another.

Posted by: Chris Wright on January 19, 2005 07:15 PM

I blog because...
- I enjoy the process of writing.
- I know that people enjoy reading what I write, and I get pleasure from their satisfaction.
- MovableType is a fun and fascinating toy to play with.
- I feel that through blogging I can help friends and future friends better understand what makes me tick, which in itself may hopefully lead to more harmonious relationships.
- Sometimes I need to get stuff off my chest... either wonderful exciting stuff that's making me bounce around, or contrastingly depressing stuff that's weighting me down.
- From a minor perspective, the addition of content to my site increases my site's visibility and desireability, and hence revenueability :D
- It's a bit of a showcase for (enlightened) future employers.

Posted by: chris wright on January 19, 2005 07:28 PM

People blog because people love attention. It's a way to justify their intelligence and to attain some sense of fame or adoration. Some blogs are very interesting, but for the most part it seems like a plea for attention.

Posted by: KP on February 13, 2005 12:05 AM

I keep a blog because I need to vent. If I held in all of the things I write about, I would either explode or act inappropriately at work. It's a form of therapy.

Posted by: stacey on June 6, 2005 05:24 PM

I blog to get people know about our new sites

Posted by: john on August 9, 2005 02:24 PM

Blogging can help send message across the group easily

Posted by: mathew on August 9, 2005 02:27 PM

I blog in order to keep track of my research and reading relating to it, but also to keep track of the research process, and my interactions with choral music (my topic). The number of times I have returned to things I have written idly on my blog, and researched them further, and developed some valuable area of inquiry from them, are uncountable. I hope, in the long run, that my blog will be something of an artefact of my research process, to be used by the people who currently inhabit my world to understand why I am as I am, and to eventually reasure my students that their fears, ineficiencies and imperfections don't make them abnormal, and needn't stand in the way of achieving their goals. I have had a superb mentor, who has had no qualms about revealing her own difficult path to her present success to me, and it has kept me going. I hope one day to provide the same service to my students.

Posted by: Choirgirl on November 21, 2005 12:24 PM

Thank you very much for your page on Blogging. It is written very well. I am a newbe to blogging and RSS feeds, which I can't get to work for some unknown reason. You page was more helpful than I expected.

Thanks very much,

C. Jeff Dyrek, webmaster
http://www.yellowairplane.com

.

Posted by: C. Jeff Dyrek on January 16, 2006 11:08 PM
Post a comment
Name:


Email:
(Will not be displayed if you enter a website below. Otherwise, it will be displayed "spam protected")


Website:
(if you have one)


What do you want to say?
(please don't bother posting "spam" (pornography, viagra-sales etc - I will delete such comments anyway))


Remember info?



Referrers to this page
TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.jacobsen.no/cgi-sys/cgiwrap/anders/MT/mt-tb.cgi/418
Legends of the Sun Pig: On life without an RSS aggregator (March 7, 2003 01:22 AM)
"I've stopped using my RSS aggregator."
Electric Venom: The meataphysics of blogging (March 12, 2003 07:01 PM)
"andersja's blog ponders the metaphysical reasons Why I blog and provides a damn good list to which I'll add just this: Blogging makes my husband think I'm doing something productive when I sit at the computer for hours...."
[ S K A I H I G H ]: A little collection (March 14, 2003 03:37 PM)
"I am finding it a little difficult to decide if I should write in norwegian or english. Anders says: I"
andersja's blog: Anonymity vs blogging vs ''Knowing'' a blogger (March 18, 2003 03:01 PM)
"If someone, even after reading every blog entry in the archives, would call/meet me and think they know me, I'm sorry: You don't. You know what I like to rant about in writing; you know what I have chosen to reveal. You don't know whether or not I have..."
Brilliant Corners: Why I keep a weblog (March 21, 2003 08:31 PM)
"A week or so ago, Anders Jacobsen explained why he keeps a weblog. At the end of his explanation, he asks the question: "Why do you blog?" That's a good question, and I didn't have an answer at the time, but now that I've had time to think about it,"
Fragments: Anonymous (March 22, 2003 01:19 AM)
"Someone leaves a link to an anonymous blog with a twist on an old entry. This time it's not so..."
HUIN105 blog - by deKrilo: Blogging om... (April 29, 2003 12:21 AM)
"...krig og kjærlighet og sånt. Om alt og ingenting, men om noe. Det er blogging. Man kan tenke seg en"
Tech-Weblog by Christoph C. Cemper: How to make a blog (August 10, 2003 06:33 PM)
"How to blog"
PD: Why do I blog? (August 25, 2003 02:09 PM)
"Anders Jacobsen poses the question. So why do I do it? My blog acts as a repository for interesting things I've come across, but more importantly what I thought or felt about them at the time. You can keep meticulously"
KO: The tao of blogging (October 23, 2003 05:45 PM)
"It seems sooner or later every blogger is bound to write a post about weblogging or to be more precise, What We Blog About When We Blog About Blogs, Why I Blog and “what’s the point of blogging?”: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/philg/20..."
KO: The tao of blogging (October 28, 2003 06:34 PM)
"It seems sooner or later every blogger is bound to write a post about weblogging or to be more precise, What We Blog About When We Blog About Blogs, Why I Blog and what’s the point of blogging? Most people..."
KO: The tao of blogging (January 21, 2004 11:17 PM)
"It seems sooner or later every blogger is bound to write a post about weblogging or to be more precise, What We Blog About When We Blog About Blogs, Why I Blog and what’s the point of blogging? Most people..."
mamamusings: why do academics blog? (February 8, 2005 10:20 PM)
"I keep getting asked this question by colleagues here at RIT and elsewhere, and I find myself sending them the same links over and over again. So here’s what I give people who ask me this, in an attempt to clarify the value of blogging to those o..."
mamamusings: why do academics blog? (February 8, 2005 10:32 PM)
"I keep getting asked this question by colleagues here at RIT and elsewhere, and I find myself sending them the same links over and over again. So here’s what I give people who ask me this, in an attempt to clarify the value of blogging to those o..."
mamamusings: why do academics blog? (February 8, 2005 11:47 PM)
"I keep getting asked this question by colleagues here at RIT and elsewhere, and I find myself sending them the same links over and over again. So here’s what I give people who ask me this, in an attempt to clarify the value of blogging to those o..."
Something 'bout those little pills...: Why I Blog (February 23, 2005 03:43 PM)
"Reading Anders Jacobsens blog as I was searching for some tips and tricks to optimise MT. Mostly to get it..."

51322 visits (1 today, 16 this week)

© Anders Jacobsen
[weblog / photography]