DP Challenge: Why do you blog?
I am a new blogger, just four months old. I had hopes when I began that I would cover topics as diverse as national intelligence, emergency disaster and preparation, exploration of religion to stories of my “staff,” a greyhound and a cat and that maybe someone would be interested. Maybe one of my stories would touch someone’s heart or save a life or inspire someone to go after their dream. In the four months I have been writing and commenting, I have reached people from 36 countries, I have 75 followers ~ people who want to be notified every time I post something. According to the stats, I will pass 1900 views today and there are over 400 comments, although many of those are mine in response to those who have taken the time to comment and share their views. Perhaps even more important, I have joined a community that I never suspected existed when I was just a reader rather than both a reader and a blogger. My world has expanded in ways I never anticipated. My heart tumbles over and over in my chest when I think how close I came to missing this experience. After all, the blogosphere is a loud, noisy, boisterous free for all environment – quite a lot like having dinner with my Irish and Italian family members – everybody talking at once. Who would hear me or care and what difference would I make by throwing my voice into the cacophony? Just when I think I have become a naval-gazer, just someone who writes from the “It’s all about me” perspective, a reader will reach out and thank me for giving voice to their thoughts, worries, fears or tell me they are going to go for their dream, or reach out to comfort me. That is why I blog. For me and for anybody who is curious enough to click a button.