I blog therefore I am? – Why I blog
I wrote a whole blog post on this a few days after the Cardiff Blogs meetup, but lost the whole thing when I published! Finally had a chance to update, so here’s what I meant to say:
Why blog? I actually think it’s an easier question to answer than you’d think.
Let’s face it, blogging is utterly addictive. Where else do you have such editorial freedom than on the internet? The immediacy of blogging is incredibly attractive, with a whole audience out there just waiting to see what comes out of your fingertips.
Or so you’d like to think anyway. There is a certain vanity to blogging, which one attendee at Cardiff Blogs articulated in one of his questions to the panel I was a part of.
“Who actually cares? Why do people read this stuff?”
The fact is, people are bloody nosy. It’s just human nature. Blogging takes things one step further than Facebook or Twitter – in my early days as a blogger, it was almost like reading a diary someone left open for anyone to flick through.
Yet blogging has developed so much since I first started my little angsty LiveJournal (long since deleted, but as the internet remembers all, I’m not telling you my username, far too embarrassing). It’s more than just detailing the mundane – bloggers have developed into distinct communities producing inspirational and thought-provoking content which has nothing at all to do with what you had for dinner last night.
In essence, this is why I blog: because I like to think I have something interesting to say. As a trainee journalist, it’s pretty much the perfect way to show an editor I’m keen and enthusiastic, or at least I hope so. Fingers crossed, blogging will help to get a job.
There’s no reason why not. I’m still fairly convinced The Siren, my Swansea blog, got me my place on the course at Cardiff. Part of the reason I set it up was because I was worried I wouldn’t get enough cuttings and experience on the university’s paper and I hoped showing I could be self-driven enough to drive my own content would show I was keen and willing to learn.
But there’s one huge factor I’m missing here. Blogging’s great for immediate content, proof of self-driven commitment and a willingness to write – but above all, I actually really enjoy doing it.
It’s the cliche they tell you not to repeat in interviews, but I’ve always loved writing. I was the kid in primary school who churned out exercise book after exercise book full of fantastical stories about dragons, magic and, er, Power Rangers. A long-running joke in the Cresci household involves me making my millions a la J.K Rowling with my best-selling novel, just enough to pay for Mami and Papa Cresci’s holiday home.
I may be a journalist nowadays, but I think I might always be a bit of a blogger at heart.
Want to read some more bloggers musing about why they enjoy tapping away? Check out my colleagues’ posts: Tom Rouse here and James Chapple here. Then there’s fellow panellist Ardie Collins over here. Cardiff Blogs have opened the discussion on their blog, so you can join in there too!
So much blogging, so little time.