Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A Simple Epiphany

There’s one major question that every blogger should ask themselves—what could I possibly contribute to the world that really wasn’t there before?

In my first few weeks of blogging and doing research on other bloggers, I discovered that a great deal of blogs out there either a.) devote most of their content to stating the obvious or b.) devote most of their content on restating or regurgitating what other people have already said or discovered.

Sadly, though, the more I write and update this blog, the more I realize that this blog is becoming no different than all the other blogs I’ve seen. Truly almost every idea has been taken! I shouldn’t be surprised though. I knew this was coming anyway. And yet here I am, complaining and stating the obvious.

I guess one of the major reasons that should drive a person into blogging is the actual love of writing—the actual passion for writing. It shouldn’t be for the attention or for the “glory” or even, to some extent, for the money (unless it’s one of the only means of income for you).

And, right now, I’ll simply make an honest confession—most of the reasons why I started this blog were based off of selfish intentions. There, I said it. And I’m very sure that this goes the same for at least 70% of the other bloggers out there if they were honest about themselves. If you ask me, this percentage would probably be higher if it wasn’t for the fact that many companies open their own blogs for some expanded income.

And, speaking of income, another reason why I opened this blog was for a potential source of earnings, since, at this point in my life, I’m only freelancing as an occupation and the freelance market has been a little dry these days. At least this is somewhat of a more legitimate reason than the others.

Either way, I think my greatest challenge at this point, for the sake of both the blog and myself, is to overcome these selfish reasons of why I first started it and simply rekindle the reason of what it should have been in the first place—a means to write for the sake of writing and for the sake of bettering others.

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