Calling all bloggers: Why do you blog?

To all my blogging friends, I’m very curious to know why you blog.  Blogging is a commitment.  It takes time and focus.  Likely most of you don’t get paid for it (if you do, love to hear about THAT!).  So its something you have to do outside of your job requirements.

So why do you do it?  What gets you fired up about blogging?

For me, blogging does several things.  I’m actually going to steal a paragraph from a previous blog I wrote titled, “Consume. Write. Participate.“.

I try to express my thoughts on this blog as much as possible.  Sometimes they are shorter posts like this one and sometimes they are long, winding stream of consciousness posts, but they are my thoughts and I love sharing them and having discussions with people.  The discussions are what fuel me.

It’s the conversations that fuel me, no doubt.  Yesterday I posted a blog about passion and I can’t tell you how many people talked to me afterwards about their thoughts on passion, where they get their inspiration from and how they’re going to work to make their job something they can continue to be passionate about.  As a matter of fact I had a conversation with a fellow Engauger just this morning about this and she pointed out to me that passion is what helps her take the bad days (because we all have them, no matter how passionate we are about our jobs) and wash them away.  And I love that and hadn’t considered it.

So again I ask the question, why do YOU blog?