Why Am I Doing This Again?
Recently, Starbucker tagged me with the simple question: "Why do you blog?" I'm nearing my first anniversary on the blogosphere, and I have to admit that it's been a wild ride. To come up with reasons why I blog wasn't easy, and I felt as though spending a week pondering the question before answering would be beneficial... for me and for you. Since Carpe Factum is about accomplishment, here are the five things I'm able to accomplish through blogging:
- Accomplish Breadth of Relationships - I've connected with so many people in so many industries. It's rewarding to connect with people from other disciplines and walks of life. Sometimes, those relationships allow me to make connections I normally wouldn't have made. I've also been able to connect with individuals with whom I'd never imagined I could (thanks, Steve and Roger).
- Accomplish Depth of Relationships - I've seen a few posts comparing blogging with dating. It starts out with a link or a trackback. Then there are emails. Occasionally, it evolves to phone calls. Even better is having the privelege of meeting other bloggers in person. People like Phil and Starbucker and Liz have demonstrated the great depth of friendship that can be accomplished.
- Accomplish a Business Presence With a Personal Face - I'm a speaker, consultant, instructor, coach, and writer. Having a blog puts a face on my business. Some of my more successful blog posts have been those where I've put more of my soul into it and shared a little about myself. Other successes have been those where I chose to be a little goofy and poke fun at the world around me. Either way, my clients and potential customers can learn a little about the man behind Carpe Factum. It helps them decide if they want to do business with me in a way no sales pitch could ever achieve. Mike and Mike did a good job of selling me on this approach.
- Accomplish Fun - The original reason I started blogging was to promote my book, Race Through The Forest. With my second book, GUST - The "Tale" Wind of Office Politics, being released in a few weeks, people have been able to see my writing style as well as my management and leadership philosophies. But what people have been able to see through it all is that I love to have fun. I enjoy presenting the everyday and mundane in a new light. I love word play, and I have a blast figuring out new ways to bring a smile to your face.
- Accomplish Tranquility and Closure - My wife commented a few weeks ago that blogging has provided me with great therapy. Instead of internalizing the frustrating individuals, companies, and projects around me, they now become fair game for blog fodder. And I have to admit, there is so much inspiration out there for writing. GUST is probably as much of an expose of the last 20 years of behavior as it is an office politics reference. The same is true of my blog; I rarely rely on theory when there is ample application available. (NOTE: I never divulge client names unless they've done something really great that needs to be highlighted, and even then I ask permission before identifying them.)
OK, who now gets tagged now in this little meme? I'd like to point the spotlight at some people I'd like to know better (and whom you should know better as well). So... Jane, Tom, Robert, Troy, and Adam... the ball is in your court. Why do you blog?