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August 12, 2004

Why Blog? « Blogging »

A question oft asked, and attempts to answer oft made.

Personally, I prefer to address that as three interrelated and indivisible questions:
Why did I start blogging? Why do I continue to blog? And what do I get out of blogging?

#1: I started blogging as a way to stay sane while on a long, lonely, boring, and professionally-frustrating deployment in the Indian Ocean.

#2: I continue to blog because I cannot stop. I know, I've tried. But as long as the outlet exists, I will want to use it to express myself.

#3: I have gotten several things out of blogging:

-A non-blogging friend told me he loves the conversations we have about politics and art and society, because he can get such discussion nowhere else. I don't have the callousness to tell him I have better discussions every day in the blogosphere.

-I've made several friends who I fully expect will accompany me until the ends of our lives. I'm going shooting next week with the husband of another blogger. I very nearly considered moving to Denver because of the concentration of interesting people who live and blog there.

-Blogging has cemented my self-image as a writer. I haven't finished a novel yet, but I know I will. Blogging increases my commitment to becoming a paid writer, which increases the chances for my eventual success.

-I have refined my understanding and views of abortion, homosexuality, sexuality, humanity, war, politics, and several other issues almost exclusively through blogging interactions.

-I have discovered a deep and abiding love of old rifles, going so far as to spend more than $2000 in building my personal collection of rifles, all directly due to blogging (and in no small part due to Kim du Toit.)

-I have discovered and refined a talent for punning.

Well, I hope the earlier gains outweigh that last negative...

Posted by Nathan at 01:55 PM | Comments (5)
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And, you've educated people. I mean, you did have to explain to me where Diego Garcia was at the time. ;)

Why do the cool kids live in Denver? All my fave moderate to conservative bloggers are Denver based. If you make it over there, I am going to mail you some cash. I think at this point I owe several beers to Matt and Andy, and probably a couple to Z, too.

I am glad you kept blogging, FWIW. :)

Posted by: Jo at August 12, 2004 03:14 PM

Finally! Someone is finally trying to win the caption contest.

Posted by: Nathan at August 12, 2004 03:16 PM

Ohhh, you're so smart and funny, Nathan. And did I mention more attractive than most popular boy-band members? ;)


Posted by: Jo at August 12, 2004 03:40 PM

*I* don't live in Denver.

But I'm not a cool-moderate-to-conservative blogger.

I'm more of a crotchety-hyper-geeky-right-of-center-mindless-banter-noisemaker.

Posted by: Jeremy at August 12, 2004 10:07 PM

I'm not responsible for Jo's opinion...for example, I know one pretty cool guy in Spokane!
There's a good collection of cool bloggers over in Montana, and in Seattle, as well.
And there's one or two people I have encountered in blogging who live in all sorts of places.
But my impression is that there is a group of 6-8 bloggers living in Denver who would be as fun to hang out with live as in the blogosphere. People who would be fun to form a band or jam with, people fun to drink with, people fun to have a picnic with, people fun to go shooting with...

...but I don't insist anyone else holds that same opinion, and it's not meant to denigrate the value and wonderfulness of anyone else.

Hmmm....I think I just won the freaking caption contest...

Posted by: Nathan at August 13, 2004 06:11 AM
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