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Today is the first installment of an unscientific study that is sure to rock the blogging world.

Today’s Question

Why do you blog?

Life forced me to take an extended break from regular blogging and reading blogs and it got me thinking about it’s mysterious appeal. While not attending to the care and feeding of my blog, I’ve had scads more time to attend to more pressing matters. Blogging is a time vacuum. But I miss it. How odd.

These questions were inspired by an off-blog email sent to me from Unfettered BS (a delightful read). She read about my dad’s health problems and sent a note to say she was thinking of me and wanted me to know she cared. One of the things she asked was “Why did you start blogging?” Hmmm . . . good question.

Really. I am curious.

Why did you start blogging?

Why to you keep blogging?

What do you want out of blogging?

What do you get out of blogging?

Why do I blog? How kind of you to ask.

I started a blog because my daughter nagged me. She was a terrier at my ankle. She said, “Mom, you are a great writer, you need to blog about your book and writing, and people will love what you have to say.”

I ignored her for two years.

Who the hell would want to read my drivel? But, my daughter is a sweet and relentless tormentor. So, last January, I thought what the heck. Let’s give this a try.

I’ll never forget my first non-family comment. I about fell over. My reply to Linda was “How did you find me? And why?”

At first, I blogged because my daughter is in contention for Best in Show in the bulldog category at the Westminster dog show. (No, honey. I am not calling you a dog.)

Next, I blogged because as a writer who wants to be published, I was told I should build my mysterious “platform.”

And finally, I now blog because I have met the most amazing, smart, and funny people ever! I care about them and they seem to care about me. I’ve talked about this before, but I have blogging friends I consider REAL friends. Who knew that would happen? I know it has happened to you too. But, did you expect it?

I also enjoy blogging because it keeps me at the craft of writing. I think I am a better writer because of it. This quote sums it up for me. “The desire to write grows with writing.” ~ Desiderius Erasmus

I thought about doing a poll, but I want to hear your words, and not confine you to canned responses.

Again, I ask . . .

Why did you start blogging?

Why to you keep blogging?

What do you want out of blogging?

What do you get out of blogging?

I can’t wait to hear what you have to say.

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That is me in front of my blog. (Photo credit: digitalrob70)

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