Friday, 26 November 2010

Why do we blog?

Is it because we want to share observations and ideas with other like-minded souls? Is it because we want to show off our prowess at what we do? Is it because we have a need to be a part of something greater than an individual? Is it because we need confirmation that what we do and think is normal? Is it because we need confirmation that what we do and think is quirky? Is it all of the above? And does it even matter...

Do you have a stat counter? Do you check it religiously to see how many visitors your blog has received? Do you assess the quality of your posts by how many comments others leave? Do you comment on other bloggers posts and do you do so because you want to, or because it might result in them commenting on yours?

Do you look at other bloggers posts and feel a sense of envy when they post top class material? Does it spur you on to improve or does it make you want to pack it up? Are you aware of who these other bloggers are? Would you recognise them ? Would you like them as people?

How did we communicate before blogs? That is, communicate to people that we didn't know existed? We couldn't. And because we couldn't, we didn't want to - or need to. But we can now. What hasn't been invented or rolled out yet that will create opportunities for our counterparts in ten, twenty, thirty years time? How will that revolutionise what they (we) do.


  1. Yes; probably, no; no; no; probably not; yes; yes; yes; bit of both I guess; yes; the former; some; again some; perhaps I'd like to think so; sporadically; disagree, we could; not teeling as it would make you rich rather than me and haven;t though of it yet anyway; personally, it will pay the mortgage and let me go birding more

  2. The trouble with introspection is that the view is often rather unsatisfying. I ask myself similar questions. Are we just performers looking for approval? Applause? How shallow is that?

    These are questions for writing down and putting aside for later. Much later. ;o)

  3. By eck, Steve, what a lot of questions. The only answer i can give is to the title and that is, that i`m glad that some people blog.

    I think that was the easy way out, but then again it is me who`s commenting ;-)

  4. I think that we all have different motives for blogging, Steve.
    I do it as a means of keeping a diary of my birding and if others want to read it and comment on it, that's fine. If they don't, that's fine too.
    Your blog, Steve, is always thought provoking and a good read whilst others, like mine, are routine and pretty boring.
    My biggest criticism is that the internet is clogged up with so many blogs that are only updated every few months and I wonder why these bloggers bother at all.

  5. Thanks for trying to answer my own questions chaps. I haven't got a clue myself...

  6. Hi Steve, I blog like to link up with other like minded souls, who i would never have met otherwise. Its like having a load of pen pals!
    I read blogs for different reasons. I like your writing style, and if it were a book I'd buy it, I like to see Warren and Deans daily updates, Tilmouth often has some interesting takes on things. Some local bloggers are informative. One thing is common I think, in that the ones I like can be quirky and a bit different. I'm not into things that are too polished, technical and frightened to have a bit of crack....

    Keep up the good work. Oh, I've never seen Caspian Gull...


  7. Stewart, North Downs and beyond is now available as a book, £49.99 and available from all good booksellers... if that were the case I'd send you one for free though.