Why I Blog: Part III

Please see Part I and Part II from a few of years back….

At this morning’s EdTech meeting, we were asked an interesting question: “What is your favorite social media tool?” At first I dismissed the question. How can you say which limb is your favorite? I like ’em all.

One-by-one, each person began to share. The three most common answers were Facebook for connecting with loved ones, Twitter for professional development, and YouTube for entertainment and for fixing toilets (inside joke….)

I said that I was a blogger. Then I gave a lighthearted answer of “wanting to post pics of the food I eat.”
Later at home, I gave it more thought. I had never thought about this before, because I view social media holistically.

I do enjoy connecting, collaborating, and curating, etc. But most of all, I love creating. My passion is storytelling, and blogging allows me to do so. For me, blogging is more than a “social media tool.” It really is a part of who I am….

Why I Blog: Part II

This is an update to a post from a while ago….

This past break, I had a talk-story with a good friend about social media. I said that more than anything, I consider myself a blogger. Fact is, you are the sole reader of your own blog (with the few exceptions of close family & friends.)

Yes, I blog for myself. I blog to document my thoughts and life experiences. But here’s what I’ve discovered….

To have a good blog, you need to live a “good life.” Blogging motivates me to get off of my sofa and do stuff. It’s made me go to places where I wouldn’t have gone, and do things that I wouldn’t have done.

Yes, blogging has added value to my life….

Why I Blog.

I started blogging in January of 2008. I actually got into it during the time when Web 2.0 was exploding onto the scene. I wanted to keep up with new emerging technologies since it’s vital to my role as an education technology specialist. So I blogged, just to teach myself how to do it. Funny thing happened. I got hooked. Since then, I have learned that you are the #1 reader of your own blog (unless it goes viral.) So yes, I blog for myself. I keep a blog as a public, but personal diary of my life. I have a bunch, but my primary blog is “musings on living aloha….” (chronicling the life & times of a local boy growing up & growing old in downtown Honolulu.)

When blogging started to get popular, social networking took over. Still, there is a huge difference between the two. And that is why blogging will continue.

I blog to express myself. I blog to think. I blog to document the major events and defining moments in my life. And I kinda like doing it.

As life continues to move at a faster pace, I blog to pause.

Blogging can be artsy, deep, or even random. To each his own….