why blog?

I’m still thinking about why I’m blogging. I’m still working out my purpose. Because surely knowing this will drive the focus and content of my writing … and consistency, too.

When I started this blog a few months ago, the intention was to move from writing on Instagram to a more traditional platform. Although, even as I write this, I’m questioning the relevance of the idea. What does ‘traditional’ mean and what does it matter?

Yes, I do remember a pre-digital time. A time when we wrote letters and assignments by hand, so ‘traditional’ for me is something that looks like a journal, magazine or book. Which Instagram does not.

What really matters, though, is that wherever you write or on whatever platform, it should allow you to communicate. I was going to add ‘and to who you want’. But we don’t have very much control over this, I think.

However, the best intentions often fall away, don’t they? What I have found is that different people access different platforms. IG folk don’t look for blogs. Possibly the reverse is also true. My Instagram followers, few though they may be, will not follow me to a platform they aren’t familiar with.

What has happened then, is that I still write on Instagram but I write differently. It’s spontaneous and fast – to create, share and have interactions. I have a rhythm there to what I do and because I have been doing it for a year now, it is comfortable and easy.

Perhaps this is what I need to find in blogging. I need to give it time to develop a rhythm and some ease to the process. Perhaps then, my purpose will become clear as well …

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