Mixed Thoughts On Starting A Blog

Pros & Cons List On A Blackboard To blog or not to blog?

There are potential benefits to blogging for sure, but I’m not convinced that the pros will outweigh the cons.

I dislike the idea (if this blog becomes popular) of thousands of strangers following my personal life – and the fact that if I’d probably spend far too much time concerned with maintaining a good image in the eyes of those strangers.

Thousands of strangers watching my every move – what a horrid thought.

And yet even as I write this first post I can detect in myself a small thrill at the thought that some people may read it… and that they might think that what I write is great.. and that they might think that I am great. Ah, it’s great to be an online celebrity!

But things that taste good aren’t always good for you, right? Worst case scenario this blog will devolve into nothing more than a “Hey look at me!” project, causing me to obsess far too much over what readers think of me, while at the same time resenting the fact that I’m sharing my life with people I don’t know.

Interjection: Holy smokes! 5 paragraphs and I’ve already written about nothing but ME. What a narcissistic project. I’m not sure that this is a good idea. (end of interjection)

But what am I thinking – how many bloggers become well known even in small circles? The vast minority I’m sure. A likely scenario is that this blog will remain a ghost town, with few visitors aside from a tumbleweed or the occasional search engine bot whizzing by.

So why don’t I quit blogging right now before I’ve finished writing my first post? Well aside from the fact that delusional dreams of fame and ego-nourishment have already inserted their first roots into my brain, here are a few slightly more respectable reasons:

  • Curiosity / Adventure: I’m curious to see where this blog might lead, the people I might meet through it, what I might learn from them, the ideas or experiences or opportunities that might arise.
  • Connect: ‘twould be great to connect with like-minded people (not other narcissistic people, but others who have similar interests)
  • Inspire: Perhaps this blog will inspire others to start doing something new each month. The habit has definitely improved my life, and it could no doubt do the same for others.
  • Revenue? I’m experienced enough with online business to realize that the chances of this type of blog directly generating any revenue worth mentioning are quite slim …but I won’t rule it out just yet.

As for my fears about the possibly not-so-great consequences of blogging, I can at least reduce them by:

  • Writing only what I’m comfortable sharing with the world,
  • Staying relatively anonymous (at least for now), and
  • Realizing that at anytime I can quit and vaporize this blog with the click of a button.

Well, Google Bot, I hope you enjoyed the read.  Come again!

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