Now that my blog has passed its first birthday, I've been thinking about why I do it. Below is what I came up with. If you relate to any of these, you may want to start blogging as well.
- Pressure relief: One of the only things that I envy about pulpit Rabbis is the weekly opportunity to share thoughts and insights. In the past I has more chances to speak in local shuls, and even in front of the high school. As those dried up, I still felt the need to express things going on in my busy mind. Blogging made sense. Although the audience would be small, quality is always more important than quantity.
- Just keep writing: On the other hand, I have not worked nearly enough on my writing. For some blogging is a “just get it down and send it out” sort of thing. But, believe it or not, I do edit. Its a no pressure way to work on skills.
- Conversation starter: It really is a nice way to get communication going with friends over interesting issues.
- For ourselves and our posterity: How cool would it be to have small essays by your parents, grandparents, or even great-grandparents? We have journals, diaries and correspondence of so many in the past. Perhaps blogs will be our records for the future. Maybe I'm being too optimistic, but if this still exists in a few years it would be a cool record for them to peruse. Its a little Choni Ha'meagel I know, but there you go.
Anyway, if you are one of the inside few who read this, you have my thanks! I hope you keep reading as I keep writing.