I think that’s an appropriate question to ask as I sit here and write a blog post for the first time in a few years. (Though not the first time ever.) I’ve asked myself that question many times over the past few months. I’ve asked other people that question. And I’ve come up with a few answers.
First though, I have to say that I’ve also spent a lot of time persuading myself not to blog. It told myself that it was a waste of my time. No one would ever read my posts. Why would I ever spend my precious free time on something so useless? I could be doing something much more productive. I decided ultimately that I wanted to blog precisely because it was unproductive. I almost titled this post, “On Not Being Productive.” And I may one day yet use that as the title of a blog post. I have lots of thoughts on not being productive. To sum them up here, I came to feel that my problem was that I was making an argument to myself that my writing was unproductive. That’s because, by most definitions of productivity, writing is an unproductive activity, especially when you’re starting out. I’m spending lots of time writing lots of words that will never make me money, will never be published, and will never be read by more than a handful of people. I think most successful writers are able to ignore these things and see their writing as productive anyway, but I was getting stuck there. I needed to decide not to be productive. And here I am. Butt in chair. Making words happen.
I also want to blog because I want to have my own platform. As I mentioned earlier in an aside, this is not my first rodeo. I’ve blogged before, during the time 10-13 years ago when blogging was in its hey day. At the time, it was the best way to communicate and share ideas with the wider internet. Since then, most people, myself included, have moved to proprietary platforms like Facebook and Twitter for these kinds of interactions. It may just be nostalgia, but lately I’ve started to miss having my own platform. In no small part because today’s social media platforms tend to push people towards shorter writing formats. There’s nothing wrong with that necessarily, but having my own platform allows me to write whatever I want. Even if it’s 500 words on why I’m blogging again.
Lastly, in order to meet some artificial notion of completeness, I decided that I needed a third reason for this post. I actually spent 15 to 20 minutes trying to come up with one. And I failed. My third reason is no reason. Why do I need a reason to start blogging again? It was clearly something that I wanted to do. I was wracking my brain to come up with reasons. So why am I blogging again? Why not?