Why Bother Blogging?


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Blogging sometimes feels a little like winking at someone across the room in a dark bar.  You know you did something to try to start a connection, but no one else does.

Everywhere you look on the Web, frustrated would-be, wanna-be wordsmiths like me are blogging away in their bathrobes trying to share some great life lesson or secret to success. 

We then obsessively pour over our site stats with wonder and amazement that someone in Nowhereastan has read a post.

Why bother?

The ego hungers. Narcissistically, we prepare ego‘s feasts. Mania’s menu: “I am special.” “What I think matters.” “I need to help others by sharing my brilliant ideas, thoughts and wisdom.”  “I will blog today.”

At some point, for some of us, it seems that we become more concerned about our legacy or perhaps our edifice of wisdom left along the side of our vast information super-highway for a wandering traveler to find synchronicitly.  Maybe we humans have not evolved much from our primitive ancestors who blogged on cave walls.  It’s our way of saying, hey, I existed and here’s what I believed to be true.

Some who blog, may secretly hope for literary discovery and the respect, fame, and fortune that accompanies such notoriety.

Others, like me, have some excess creativity that needs an outlet. I find I get a sense of deep satisfaction in sharing my thoughts with total strangers. If nothing else, the act of writing forces clarity in my thinking. I think of my blog like a free yard sale of ideas.  Take what you like and what fits. I was done using them anyway and they were starting to pile up.

Blogging is a low risk hobby because readers cannot really complain about the quality of the writing since the characters are free for the taking. You get what you pay for.  Blogs are as is, let the reader beware, no guarantees, no warning labels. If you hate one, never click again.  If you dig it, then gorge yourself freely.

Why do I blog?  I have found that I have been hard-wired with a need to share what I’ve learned to be true.  It’s my way to give back to the world what I have benefitted from.  Someone was kind enough to point me towards the knowledge and wisdom that I needed to live out my life’s story and I am just returning the favor or passing it on.

I blog because it makes me feel good and tremendously satisfied to share a few sparks that have the potential to be dramatically helpful to others. It’s my chance to perhaps make a lasting difference for someone, or at least its a way to kill some time on a Saturday morning before the rest of the family wakes up and starts  another day.

If you’ve read this modern cave drawing…Thank you…I hope you find it helpful and that you pass it on.

Perhaps we will meet someday,  but probably not.  It’s ok either way. We have already spent some time together and are perhaps the better for having done so. 

Safe travels and happy landings!

P.S. If you are a literary talent scout and wish to contact me… 

Time for my ego to go back into it’s cage, my basset hounds want to go outside.


About Andrew W Dix, MS, BCC
Author, Board Certified Executive Business Coach, Trainer, Reiss Motivation Profile Master and Private Pilot. Expertise in motivational intelligence, leadership development, strengths, management, coaching, and change management. Available for keynote addresses.

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