This is a two part question.
The first part of the question is for my fellow bloggers.
Why do you blog? What is your motivation? What, if anything, do you hope to gain? Yes, I'm calling this all one question.
The second part of the question is, why the fuck do you bother to keep coming here?
I'm not fishing for compliments, in fact I'll probably be sorry I asked the question. But the two parts are intimately related.
I see a lot of posts and comments (even on my own blog) claiming to know "what blogging is all about".
As far as I can tell, I fail on all counts. My stats back that up. I'm a nanoscopic blip in the blogosphere.
Odd thing is, I'm totally cool with that.
Personally, I do it because I'm addicted to hearing my fingers hitting a keyboard.
It's a soothing, reassuring sound. Makes me feel like I'm actually doing something (I'm not).
I also do it because I enjoy the craft of wordsmithing. I don't claim to be good at it, I just enjoy it. I can't even estimate the number of times I've read and re-read my drafts (doing it right now), making subtle changes (so subtle you didn't even notice...I got SKILLZ!), reaching for perfection and inevitably falling light-years short. "Not bad" is a kudo to me.
I like linking to subjects that might expand the horizons of my readers.
I enjoy searching for the perfect graphic or picture to compliment whatever I'm writing about.
I'm in it for the love of being in it.
I don't expect to change any one's mind on any subject.
I'm not trying to get more visitors than any other blogger.
I'm not trying to get the most comments.
I don't care if I ever "matter".
I don't want to be "important".
I certainly don't expect to ever make money from advertisements.
I'm not interested in winning any awards.
All I want to do is express my own opinion on subjects I care about as eloquently as I can.
If anybody finds them interesting enough to read, that's just gravy.
If anybody feels compelled to leave comments on what they read, that's like, I dunno, freshly ground black pepper and a little shredded cheese on the gravy and maybe a buttery biscuit for sopping up the left over gravy off the plate.
So, that being said, back to the topic on hand...
1. Why do YOU blog?
2. Why do you bother wasting your time here?
What's it all about for you?