Why start a blog? What’s the point? Who’s going to read it, and why would they care?
A lot of questions, questions I often wondered when considering whether to delve into the world of web logs. For the most part I assumed it would not be worth it. Put my thoughts out there in writing, and expect people to read and/or give a crap about what I say? How egotistical!
Nonetheless, it was an idea that was simmering in my head for a while. And the other day, I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts at work, the always entertaining Vergecast from the guys over at The Verge, when a discussion started about copyright infringement and the patent lawsuits that everyone seems so eager to file these days. Paul Miller (one of the co-hosts) was talking about the ludicrousness of it all when he joked that a particular scenario was less copyright infringement and more “like reality infringement,” which really struck me as an awesome phrase.
It made me think that that would be a pretty good name for a blog. It sounds cool, and it also happens to be related to what I would write about – namely, the occasional book reviews, movie reviews, venting and ranting about things in the virtual world that annoy me, or interest me, or intrigue me. Most of what I would write about would not be ‘real’ anyway, in the sense that I would probably not write about my personal life much (if at all). I spend a lot of time in escapist activities, and that is likely what I would talk about. Activities that have little, if anything, to do with ‘reality.’
And so I decided to go ahead and do it. It’s not like have anything to lose, right? It’s easy enough to create a free blog, so it costs me nothing. And I really don’t expect anyone to ever read it (I doubt I’ll even tell anyone I know about it) so that is not a concern. And here we are. As vague as it may sound, I guess that would be my answer to the question that started it all.
Why start a blog? Well, why not?