Why blog?

Matt Mullenweg recently wrote an article for GigaOm called ‘Open Web FTW‘. It’s a great article, but one part really stuck to me.

One of the beautiful things about the WordPress community is that it’s a lot of original content creation rather than just a few things being regurgitated over and over again, which is a fair criticism of what happens on social networks. I think of blogging as a craft. It’s something that you think about, that you try to do your best at. It’s part of your identity.

This pretty much sums up why I find so much more satisfaction in blogging versus other mediums such as Tumblr, Facebook, or even Twitter. I like Twitter a lot, but I see it as a hybrid chat room and gateway to places I blog, versus my true web identity. I don’t always blog about something totally unique (like this), but I am able to personalize what I write and share why I’m sharing, and that is why it’s so much more awesome to me than just re-blogging or linking, etc.

I certainly try to be my best at it. I’m not always successful. I don’t write as much as I’d like. I’m sometimes criticized over what I do write. And there is plenty of room for improvement (I am my greatest critic). But I find a sense of peace and tranquility – and at the same time, excitement – when I put my thoughts out to the web, open for all to see.

And what makes me just as excited is that I’m one of the 20,000-30,000 people that Matt mentions making their living off of WordPress, helping others get the same satisfaction as I have from publishing unique content in an open web.

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