Today, Leanne Cole posted her motivations for blogging and suggested her followers do the same.
I admire Leanne’s reasoning, and even more, her execution of her plan that blogging would motivate her to do her craft—photography—daily.
My initial motivations were somewhat different. I recently retired from the corporate communications world. All of those years, at least once a week, “around the water cooler,” I would be telling one story or another, usually about adventures and misadventures growing up on a farm in Virginia, or my days flying by telling “there I was” stories.
It occurred to me that the “growing up” stories would be ones my daughters and grandchildren might enjoy Since most of the stories are “G” rated I should put them online. It seems that online is where the “modern generation” goes for information. That led me to WordPress—which I had used at my last job for web pages.
It was also important for me to keep active writing, but a daily diary is just not my style. For me, my writing is to share, inform, entertain, etc.. In the past, my employer’s customers read my writing to learn about our services and capabilities. Now, it is just to share stories, ideas, photographs, and an isolated interesting fact (and an occasional political observation).
Like Leanne, for me it has become a good vehicle for sharing photographs. I have been taking photos since the third grade, and still have most of them. I have always enjoyed hiking and exploring, and never went anywhere without a camera of some kind. Have you ever seen a really cool photo and thought, “Wow, that photographer was really lucky”? Or maybe you saw something and said, “Oh, I wish I had my camera!”
Photographers create their own luck. The first rule for being a photographer is to always have a camera within reach! The second rule is: If you see something and wonder if you should take a photo—take the photo! You can always throw it away, but you probably will not get a second chance to take it.
Travel provides many subjects for many of my blog posts—places, attractions, parks, camping and campgrounds, museums, restaurants, etc.
This is where I again agree with Leanne. I really like the “stats” feature provided by WordPress. Here I have learned that what I think are my most significant and important blog posting are rarely the most viewed!
“Likes” and “Comments”
One element I would like to add, and I have considered writing a separate blog about (and I might still) is that within one year, I registered 10,000 views, but only several hundred “likes” and a few dozen comments. I would like to impress on readers that when you do read a post—anybody’s post—and find it interesting, it takes little effort to press the “like” button. Facebook users do it all the time. Pressing the “like” button is like rattling the treats pouch for a cat or dog—it keeps us blogging. Of course, if a posting isn’t that interesting, then don’t “like” it: that’s fair and that is what I do.
Comments are different. They take time and thought, but they too are greatly appreciated. But for now, I will settle for more “likes.”
And what I really want.
And, what I really want from my blogging is for a sharp-eyed travel, science, or general interest editor to read and like my writing and reach out to me with an assignment!
In response to Leanne Cole’s suggestion we write a short piece about “why we Blog,” Why I Blog, Plus offers some thoughts on blogging, photography, and other stuff.
Why I Blog, Plus offers some thoughts on why I blog.