Inspired To Procrastinate

Very recently roro tagged me to spill 5 reasons why I blog.

In my attempt to respond to her tag, I’ve been delving my depths (what depths there are) and checking out other people’s response to this.  I have to say, I’ve been impressed with their honesty and insight into why they and others blog:

  • roro‘s answered the question with “to delight” and there is consensus that she does;
  • response includes a line so good I’m going to lift it verbatim;
  • evolved into a summary of the blogging motivational clusters: creation,  connection, recognition and reward;
  • Rohan, who was actually talking about Twitter, pointed to narcassism as a fad and questions where we’ll all be at the end of this fad-cycle.

Just thinking about this topic seems to elicit enough content for a whack of posts, even from me.  Post such as:

  • 5 reasons why I started blogging;
  • 5 reasons why I continue to blog;
  • 5 reasons why I read blogs;
  • 5 reasons why I shoot – which comes from research being done by sams_toronto for his “Why Shoot” project… and is, in my opinion much more interesting than why I blog;
  • 5 or more things The Apprentice Blog taught me about building an audience, setting editorial  guidelines and managing readership when they turn hostile.
  • personas, identity and personal branding or how to become a serious tight-ass when you are trying to practice “transparency”

Not that I’m going to blog about any of those things… no, I’m going to dutifully blog a response to roro‘s question: Why Do I Blog?

And once I finally get it done… I might even post it.

Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

7 thoughts on “Inspired To Procrastinate

  • March 22, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    Narcissism isn’t a fad for me–it’s a lifetime vocation.

  • March 23, 2007 at 11:49 am

    Well you know I’m going to tag you with this “5 reasons why you blog” meme then!

  • March 26, 2007 at 10:59 am

    I got into blog related stuff because Lex made me do it, and also with the hope that it would improve my on line skills, but mostly because Lex made me do it. 

  • March 26, 2007 at 11:09 am

    I hope so. Especially after such a teaser. 🙂

  • March 26, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    To be perfectly honest, I can’t answer the meme because I have no idea why I blog. I started a diary when I was about 8; I’ve just always been compelled to write down what I did, how I felt, lists of stuff, etc. Blogging is just a natural extension of that.

  • March 26, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    Did you let people read your diary?  Do you still keep one or has blogging completely subsumed that?

  • March 27, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    Yes, friends sometimes read parts of it. I used to say I was going to publish it one day (Anais Nin was one of my teenaged self’s heroes), so I figured might as well get used to people reading it.

    I do still keep a paper diary, but it’s very random and disjointed. If you’ve ever read Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book, it’s somewhat like that.


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