Why I Blog

Thanks to Reshma for tagging me with the 'Why you blog' meme. As for why, it's kinda changed a bit, well actually a lot.

When I first started blogging for BMA back in Sept. of 2005, I had never blogged before, and my main reason for doing so was that I thought it would help me with my job search at the time. But as I blogged at BMA, I realized that the more I interacted with the blogging community, the more I learned. And as I got to know other bloggers, I became more and more interested not only in their blogs, but in finding new ones. There was almost an addiction in finding new and amazing bloggers and learning from them.

So when I started this blog, I made a point to reach out to and join the blogging community as much as possible. BMA was a bit more advertising-oriented, and since my background and interest was more on the marketing side, I had a somewhat new community of bloggers to get to know. But by now, it wasn't about trying to 'boost my cred', or get exposure, it was about trying to learn from simply amazing people. The more I interacted with other bloggers, the more their ideas shaped and improved mine. That's how I know that the content I post on The Viral Garden today, is better than the content I posted here last March. Because for the past year, the Viral Community has influenced and helped shape my ideas.

This ties into what I mentioned yesterday about a company doesn't need a great or even good product to blog about. Same goes for bloggers. You don't have to have something amazingly intelligent and relevant to say, in order to start blogging. All you have to do is have a willingness to be a faithful community member. The community will tell you what you need to know. They will shape and redefine your ideas, and you will pay them back by giving them input into THEIR ideas.


Riddler pic via the Mego Museum

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posted by Mack Collier @ 3:41 AM,

3 Comments:

At 7:50 PM, Anonymous Jordan said...

Well said, Mack.

It's funny how when you reflect on it, you find new reasons and motivations for blogging- and those reasons change all the time.

 
At 1:42 PM, Blogger C. B. Whittemore said...

Very cool, Mack!

 
At 7:57 PM, Anonymous Howard said...

Mac, long time lurker, first time commenter ;)

You inspired me to write with your post, specifically: All you have to do is have a willingness to be a faithful community member. The community will tell you what you need to know. They will shape and redefine your ideas, and you will pay them back by giving them input into THEIR ideas.

I agree... to a point. Willingness to blog is the primary requirement, but so is having something interesting to say. I'll agree totally, it doesn't have to be "amazingly intelligent", but it should be relevant to *someone* and interesting to enter the community's share of mind.

Great stuff as usual. I stopped at your post in Bloglines, because you answered a similar question to one we were asking on GrokDotCom.com today- Why do people comment?

Feel free to add your 2 cents: What Makes You Comment?

 

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