The moment I started this blog a year ago, I was thinking to make something that would be able to build my identity. It’s like something I can show to people I just met for them to know me, something I can put in my business card for my future employer to see. That’s why in my earlier time in blogging, I mostly talk about things I did professionally, my competences, my academic activity, they are basically stuffs that would make me looks good. In a way I wanted this blog to build my identity as a brand.
But as time goes by, it changes. This blog becomes a place where I experimented on creating a lot of things. I ever did some food blogging (which is a fail because taking a photo of my foods is really embarrassing for me), movie reviews, book reviews (the new one will come soon!), my views on a lot of things, this blog became a sort of my place where I just make anything I want to make. And it’s fun, definitely better than what I wrote when I’m always calculating about what my employer or my future networks think about it.
So why am I blogging?
I’m blogging to fulfill this urge to create something worth sharing inside of me. I love it when what I wrote got responses from people who read it and even more when I know it’s good because I put on my best effort to make it. Of course, these two are not necessarily achieved yet, there’s barely anyone reading my blog and I still am not satisfied with the quality of my blog content now. However I find even the process of learning, the thrill when I’m tracking how many people read my post in my stats, and the time I spent to craft my posts, to be really enjoyable. Ultimately, I think for now mostly the reason why I blog is just because I like the activity of blogging itself. Posting something, having people see my blog, getting comments, commenting on other’s post, I love them all!
Recently though, things just got better. I started to try reading more blogs and I found many posts that I really, really like from a really beautiful post about space exploration and cosmos, a post about how better style of writing might have been there somewhere but we don’t realize it, or this blog that’s filled with many simple game-inspired-food recipes. My recent post using my mother language for the first time, Bahasa Indonesia, to express my particular discontent about a policy my country made was received quite well by readers. I also signed up for Blogging 101 course by WordPress which seems super fun (this post is the first assignment actually). Blogging just got more fun.
The reason why I blog might change over time. Who knows, maybe I could serve a larger purpose than entertaining myself someday. Maybe I could blog for the sake of noble causes like charity or some movement, maybe I could even make blogging my occupation, the possibilities are endless. But for now, the main reason why I blog is because blogging is fun, plain and simple. 🙂