It's been a while since I posted to my blog. I had very good intentions to get back to it, but other things came about. So that has me wondering. How important is it to make time for blogging? We're all busy. We all have things competing or our attention and time. Where does blogging fit?
The easy answer is that it is not that important. In the course of my day, I am inundated with projects, requests for help, needs to research new tools, communications, and much more. Giving up blogging would be a nice way to shorten my to do list. On the other hand, it has led to some really significant experiences. I have had people who I respect (and some who I do not) comment on my posts, leading to great discussions about topics important to me. Without my blog, these discussions might take place but they might only take place among those who I see regularly at work. This does not necessarily lead to a broader perspective. My blog allows the conversation to grow beyond our organization.
I also find that when I blog, I take the time to reflect and research a topic that I might not otherwise spend time thinking about. It helps me formulate my thoughts, which then leads to decisions down the road. It is like a virtual sounding board where I can find out if my ideas are crazy or not.
Finally, it helps me organize my thoughts and conversations. Just today, somebody asked me about an idea that I had a long time ago. I was able to refer her to the blog post. It was like a snapshot of how I felt about that topic at that time. Otherwise, I would not have remembered my thoughts. Like a scrapbook of ideas, I can look back through time and see how I felt about a topic and how others reacted to it.
What a great tool. Now I just need to recommit to making time for it. I think I have 6 minutes next Friday...
Why do you blog? How do you make time for it?