I think you can blog, write, journal, whatever for a myriad reasons.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my tendencies with writing and blogging, and I think I tend to swing between two extremes:
- I think blogging should just be done basically at random, albeit every day. Reason tells me that writing every day will increase my writing ability, and therefore, it should be a standard practice.
- I want to have a systematic, linear plan for writing. I.e., I want to only blog with “purpose.”
The problem with #1 is that I could probably do this every day, but I’m not sure how much further along it would get my in any given subject. I’d just be recording things that I find interesting. And I’m not sure how much better that is than giving up social media because of my frustration with the loss of my attention span over time.
The problem with #2 is simply that I am interested in too many things. In other words, I think this blog could serve some overall bigger purpose for myself (and maybe others) but I have a hard time choosing a subject to focus on. To be honest, it’s probably just a self-discipline issue over anything else.
Ultimately though, if blogging is akin to gardening, that means blogging can be a little wild, and a little varied. Ultimately, however, the best gardens have purpose. Gardeners plan, plant, cultivate, and work daily to achieve some desired end. And that means the work of blogging ought to be the same (for me). I don’t think I want to write just for the sake of writing. I want to write to learn about something. That probably means I need to set some posting goal (once a week, twice a week, something like that) where my online published writing is the consequence of learning about some specific subject.
I’ll continue to think on this, but I think it’s time I put my graduate school skills to good use. Now the problem is simply deciding which direction to take!