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Why do I blog?
I like to tell stories. I like to share information. I like to be connected and I like people to want to be connected to me. I believe I have an insight (on at least some issues) that could be useful or beneficial to someone else out there in the world.
Why don’t I blog?
If you’ve been a reader for a long time [read: since the beginning of the blog via CMS in 2002 or when I was still hand-writing all of my HTML back in 1997], you’ll know that I had a great period of writing a great amount of content. I would write short posts, long posts, rants and reflections. I would write about the Church, school, politics, TV, news, anything and everything. I didn’t really worry about what people would think when they read the post; although, by nature, I’m not a person whose unfiltered thoughts would offend a great deal of people.
I stopped blogging, I believe, because I became afraid to say the wrong thing. I did not want to give anyone the wrong idea about anything. I did not want my position as a campus minister negatively influence someone if I wrote something challenging, something showing weakness, something “pissy”. Now that I’m in sales, same thing again. I don’t want to offend a client, or potential client, by being myself.
That’s no way to govern a blog. Yes, a blog should appeal to the reader but the writer cannot appease anyone and everyone.
I am currently in a leadership showcase program presented by SOS Leadership looking specifically at goal-setting. As part of this week’s exercise, I decided that I truly enjoyed blogging (when I actually did it well) and that I was a happier person when I was able to crystallize my thought via this process. Therefore, I shall blog once again.