I remember a time when blogging used to be the punchline to a joke. Now? There are paid positions as a blogger. People have earned prestige within their literary field through blogging. Tucker Max started a blog about his ridiculous stunts, benders and black outs, then compiled them into a book that topped the best seller list of the New York Times.
Blogging is no joke anymore.
As a writer, the only way I have to show you how powerful expressing oneself through the written word can be, is to convince you do it on your own. The best way to do this is to start a journal, which is highly considered to be passe, but a blog though, a blog is not.
Blogging can be a stress relief. You can anonymously paint the portraits of your boss and coworkers the way they should be. You can find intellectual justice through blogging. Believe me, it seems petty, but there is nothing small or trivial about the intense surge of relief felt but just purging yourself of it online. Just putting it all out on paper.
If you have a mild interest in blogging, but you feel that your writer skills are lacking, then that is okay. It is natural. Every writer has that inferiority complex. The only way to improve your skills is to practice, and perpetually set the bar higher and higher for yourself.
The point is that if you think you are not good enough of a writer to blog, then blogging can make you into a blog. The more you work on your online blogs, the better you will get.
Plus, depending on the job, you can add blogger to your resume. Many jobs require online work of an employee, and any skill set that utilizes the internet makes him or her that much more of a versatile candidate. And with the extra practice gained from blogging, your writing and communication skills will be lean, quick and sharp, honed from hours of typing away online.
Does anyone else have an opinion on blogging? Does anyone have a blog that they would like to share in the comments? What other reasons do people have to blog?