Hello blog - I've been neglecting you lately. There are reasons - there always are and the obvious one is that I got really, really busy. But I know that the real reason I stopped is that I went through what every blogger goes through - and that is 'why am I writing'? I know I answered that when I started blogging but I had to answer it again. So here's my latest answer - I blog because of what Seth Godin said in an American Express Open Forum interview. He said:
"Blogging is free. It doesn't matter if anybody reads it. What matters is the humility that comes from writing it. What matter is the meta-cognition of thinking about what you're going to say."
The answer to 'why do I write' is that I blog for me. I blog to share great ideas that I stumble upon on the web; I blog to share what I have read about and am excited about; I blog about the things that inspire me; and I blog about things that have worked for me and might work for you - whoever 'you' happen to be. But mostly, I blog to force myself to take the information or idea or concept deeper than just thinking about it. Because in explaining to others, in the meta-cognition that Seth speaks of, that is where true learning happens for me. So whether there is one 'you' or many, I am going to write, because it is not for you, it is for me.
If anyone happens to read what I write; that's awesome. It is even more awesome if what I wrote is helpful or interesting or intriguing to them. But please understand that I don't blog to tell anyone what they 'should' do or think or say. Your life is yours and you are the only one qualified to make choices about that life.
So thanks to the internet and this blog for making me think about purpose and making me realize that I want to think on purpose. And yes, you can read that title two ways. It can be my thoughts on my purpose for blogging or it can be that I want my thoughts to be on purpose (purposeful).