so why *do* I bother?

Frankly, I’m not entirely certain why I blog. I get asked about it from time to time, and I never have a good answer. I guess it’s a value thing. I don’t really think I generate much of value via my blog, so I don’t have a burning need to post or get better at it. I think this also informs my view of other blogs. I don’t use an RSS reader because I tend to generally assume that other people are just as busy, tired, and over-worked (by choice, in my case) as I am. Therefore, I don’t want to see a thousand posts in an “inbox”, most of which are much like mine. If I want middling crap, I can make it. So I read blogs for the surprise of it.

I read them for the joy of reading something great, or different, or better than my own, so I limit the blogs I read to the blogs I can remember to read. It turns out that this is a pretty good radius. It means that I spend more time reading Ping and Ed Felten and less time reading the blogs of people who only occasionally have something interesting to say.

Taken as a whole, it then occurs to me that perhaps I should stop blogging. If I’m not going to put the kind of time and energy into it as these folks (who are much smarter than I am anyway), then what’s the point? It’s not like I have significant time to devote to this even if I were interested in doing it better.

What do you think?


  1. Posted November 14, 2005 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    You’re going about it all wrong, man. To summarize your post…

    Ah, brevity!.

  2. Posted November 15, 2005 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    I know I like quality over quantity, which is one of the reasons I’m subscribed to your feed. I’d rather have a feed monitor tell me when somebody has posted that doesn’t write very often, but writes well about intriguing and/or relevant things, than somebody that posts frequently about useless and/or irrelevant things.

    I do read other blogs more than I blog myself, and I don’t think I do it for the same reasons as most people. I just really value the idea of sharing knowledge. I’d encourage everybody I know that’s doing something great with their life to share their experiences, lessons, and musings.

    Go ahead and take a break from blogging, but don’t stop.

  3. Posted November 15, 2005 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    I read blogs and write a blog for the surprise I get—both from other people’s words and from my own.

  4. TED shroyer
    Posted November 22, 2005 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    I tend to read blogs of people that I’m friends with mainly. I think it’s a valuable tool for keeping in touch with people. It gives me a single point of contact for a large number of people that need to know things that I might not be able to let them know in a timely manner otherwise. Things like a phone number change or an address change. It’s very powerful for keeping in touch. I’m not suggesting it’s a substitute for conversing with people directly, but it saves a large amount of overhead. It lets about half of my conversations get past the 10 or 15 minutes of what’s going on with you and the what’s going on with me because we both already know that stuff. We can get to the having fun or talking about how it feels or brainstorming.