Why do you Blog?

Walter van den Broek
October 11, 2010


Why does someone write a personal blog and not simply use the Internet for taking in media content? Personal blogs are composed of shorter posts concerning the blogger’s life in contrast to filter blog. Filter blogs are devoted to external information, such as politics or news and are far better researched than personal blogs.

From recent research the following motives in order of importance were discovered for personal blogging:

  • motivate, help, and encourage others by sharing information, as well as to communicate their knowledge and skills
  • to share information with and communicate with friends and family members with whom they may not talk on a regular basis. Participants who blogged for this motive also maintained blogs to send messages to many people at once, rather than one at a time
  • to pass time, to occupy time
  • some people blog for attention, to gain fame, and because they think people like to read things about them
  • blogging to record thoughts and feelings for further reflection, to organize thoughts and feelings, and to read what was written in previous posts
  • out of professionalism, to help get a job, to put their resume on the Web, and because they were required to for a job or school
  • feedback, to get advice and more points of view from others, as well as to get feedback from others who have had similar experiences.

What’s your reason for blogging? Mine is mostly the first motive of this is list.

ResearchBlogging.org
Hollenbaugh, E. (2010). Motives for Maintaining Personal Journal Blogs Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2009.0403

 

8 Responses to “Why do you Blog?”

  1. I blog to learn, and to share what I learn. It is a great way to log my interests (I have several blogs!) and it provides a convenient source of references to look back to. The interactions with commentators are often helpful, and the knowledge that someone is reading your posts provides that little bit of extra pressure needed to keep expanding your horizons.

  2. Adrian Thysse on October 11th, 2010 at 1:30 pm
  3. [...] Dr. Shock asks, “Why does someone write a personal blog and not simply use the Internet for taking in media co… [...]

  4. ResearchBlogging.org News » Blog Archive » Editor’s Selections: Kid Scientists, Blogging, Election Orgasms, and Digital Literacy on October 12th, 2010 at 5:02 pm
  5. I blog because I am.

  6. Cryptocheilus on October 13th, 2010 at 12:34 pm
  7. Frankly, I have no idea :)

  8. canadianus on October 15th, 2010 at 5:54 am
  9. Honest comment, thanks, take care Dr Shock

  10. Dr Shock on October 16th, 2010 at 8:36 am
  11. I definately blog to record thoughts and feelings for further reflection. I find writing helps me think and organise my thoughts and I like the visual appearance of my blog which reflects my personality and all its facets. I guess I want people to see who I am.

  12. Francesca on October 16th, 2010 at 9:05 am
  13. Like your blog. Thanks for the comment, take care Dr Shock

  14. Dr Shock on October 16th, 2010 at 1:42 pm
  15. [...] do you experience, perceive your blogging? This is a different question from why do you blog, or your motivation for blogging. This question is more about your blogging style. Well they have [...]

  16. What is your personal blogging style | Dr Shock MD PhD on January 17th, 2011 at 7:24 am
  1. I blog to learn, and to share what I learn. It is a great way to log my interests (I have several blogs!) and it provides a convenient source of references to look back to. The interactions with commentators are often helpful, and the knowledge that someone is reading your posts provides that little bit of extra pressure needed to keep expanding your horizons.

  2. Adrian Thysse on October 11th, 2010 at 1:30 pm
  3. [...] Dr. Shock asks, “Why does someone write a personal blog and not simply use the Internet for taking in media co… [...]

  4. ResearchBlogging.org News » Blog Archive » Editor’s Selections: Kid Scientists, Blogging, Election Orgasms, and Digital Literacy on October 12th, 2010 at 5:02 pm
  5. I blog because I am.

  6. Cryptocheilus on October 13th, 2010 at 12:34 pm
  7. Frankly, I have no idea :)

  8. canadianus on October 15th, 2010 at 5:54 am
  9. Honest comment, thanks, take care Dr Shock

  10. Dr Shock on October 16th, 2010 at 8:36 am
  11. I definately blog to record thoughts and feelings for further reflection. I find writing helps me think and organise my thoughts and I like the visual appearance of my blog which reflects my personality and all its facets. I guess I want people to see who I am.

  12. Francesca on October 16th, 2010 at 9:05 am
  13. Like your blog. Thanks for the comment, take care Dr Shock

  14. Dr Shock on October 16th, 2010 at 1:42 pm
  15. [...] do you experience, perceive your blogging? This is a different question from why do you blog, or your motivation for blogging. This question is more about your blogging style. Well they have [...]

  16. What is your personal blogging style | Dr Shock MD PhD on January 17th, 2011 at 7:24 am
  1. I blog to learn, and to share what I learn. It is a great way to log my interests (I have several blogs!) and it provides a convenient source of references to look back to. The interactions with commentators are often helpful, and the knowledge that someone is reading your posts provides that little bit of extra pressure needed to keep expanding your horizons.

  2. Adrian Thysse on October 11th, 2010 at 1:30 pm
  3. [...] Dr. Shock asks, “Why does someone write a personal blog and not simply use the Internet for taking in media co… [...]

  4. ResearchBlogging.org News » Blog Archive » Editor’s Selections: Kid Scientists, Blogging, Election Orgasms, and Digital Literacy on October 12th, 2010 at 5:02 pm
  5. I blog because I am.

  6. Cryptocheilus on October 13th, 2010 at 12:34 pm
  7. Frankly, I have no idea :)

  8. canadianus on October 15th, 2010 at 5:54 am
  9. Honest comment, thanks, take care Dr Shock

  10. Dr Shock on October 16th, 2010 at 8:36 am
  11. I definately blog to record thoughts and feelings for further reflection. I find writing helps me think and organise my thoughts and I like the visual appearance of my blog which reflects my personality and all its facets. I guess I want people to see who I am.

  12. Francesca on October 16th, 2010 at 9:05 am
  13. Like your blog. Thanks for the comment, take care Dr Shock

  14. Dr Shock on October 16th, 2010 at 1:42 pm
  15. [...] do you experience, perceive your blogging? This is a different question from why do you blog, or your motivation for blogging. This question is more about your blogging style. Well they have [...]

  16. What is your personal blogging style | Dr Shock MD PhD on January 17th, 2011 at 7:24 am
  1. I blog to learn, and to share what I learn. It is a great way to log my interests (I have several blogs!) and it provides a convenient source of references to look back to. The interactions with commentators are often helpful, and the knowledge that someone is reading your posts provides that little bit of extra pressure needed to keep expanding your horizons.

  2. Adrian Thysse on October 11th, 2010 at 1:30 pm
  3. [...] Dr. Shock asks, “Why does someone write a personal blog and not simply use the Internet for taking in media co… [...]

  4. ResearchBlogging.org News » Blog Archive » Editor’s Selections: Kid Scientists, Blogging, Election Orgasms, and Digital Literacy on October 12th, 2010 at 5:02 pm
  5. I blog because I am.

  6. Cryptocheilus on October 13th, 2010 at 12:34 pm
  7. Frankly, I have no idea :)

  8. canadianus on October 15th, 2010 at 5:54 am
  9. Honest comment, thanks, take care Dr Shock

  10. Dr Shock on October 16th, 2010 at 8:36 am
  11. I definately blog to record thoughts and feelings for further reflection. I find writing helps me think and organise my thoughts and I like the visual appearance of my blog which reflects my personality and all its facets. I guess I want people to see who I am.

  12. Francesca on October 16th, 2010 at 9:05 am
  13. Like your blog. Thanks for the comment, take care Dr Shock

  14. Dr Shock on October 16th, 2010 at 1:42 pm
  15. [...] do you experience, perceive your blogging? This is a different question from why do you blog, or your motivation for blogging. This question is more about your blogging style. Well they have [...]

  16. What is your personal blogging style | Dr Shock MD PhD on January 17th, 2011 at 7:24 am
  1. I blog to learn, and to share what I learn. It is a great way to log my interests (I have several blogs!) and it provides a convenient source of references to look back to. The interactions with commentators are often helpful, and the knowledge that someone is reading your posts provides that little bit of extra pressure needed to keep expanding your horizons.

  2. Adrian Thysse on October 11th, 2010 at 1:30 pm
  3. [...] Dr. Shock asks, “Why does someone write a personal blog and not simply use the Internet for taking in media co… [...]

  4. ResearchBlogging.org News » Blog Archive » Editor’s Selections: Kid Scientists, Blogging, Election Orgasms, and Digital Literacy on October 12th, 2010 at 5:02 pm
  5. I blog because I am.

  6. Cryptocheilus on October 13th, 2010 at 12:34 pm
  7. Frankly, I have no idea :)

  8. canadianus on October 15th, 2010 at 5:54 am
  9. Honest comment, thanks, take care Dr Shock

  10. Dr Shock on October 16th, 2010 at 8:36 am
  11. I definately blog to record thoughts and feelings for further reflection. I find writing helps me think and organise my thoughts and I like the visual appearance of my blog which reflects my personality and all its facets. I guess I want people to see who I am.

  12. Francesca on October 16th, 2010 at 9:05 am
  13. Like your blog. Thanks for the comment, take care Dr Shock

  14. Dr Shock on October 16th, 2010 at 1:42 pm
  15. [...] do you experience, perceive your blogging? This is a different question from why do you blog, or your motivation for blogging. This question is more about your blogging style. Well they have [...]

  16. What is your personal blogging style | Dr Shock MD PhD on January 17th, 2011 at 7:24 am
  1. I blog to learn, and to share what I learn. It is a great way to log my interests (I have several blogs!) and it provides a convenient source of references to look back to. The interactions with commentators are often helpful, and the knowledge that someone is reading your posts provides that little bit of extra pressure needed to keep expanding your horizons.

  2. Adrian Thysse on October 11th, 2010 at 1:30 pm
  3. [...] Dr. Shock asks, “Why does someone write a personal blog and not simply use the Internet for taking in media co… [...]

  4. ResearchBlogging.org News » Blog Archive » Editor’s Selections: Kid Scientists, Blogging, Election Orgasms, and Digital Literacy on October 12th, 2010 at 5:02 pm
  5. I blog because I am.

  6. Cryptocheilus on October 13th, 2010 at 12:34 pm
  7. Frankly, I have no idea :)

  8. canadianus on October 15th, 2010 at 5:54 am
  9. Honest comment, thanks, take care Dr Shock

  10. Dr Shock on October 16th, 2010 at 8:36 am
  11. I definately blog to record thoughts and feelings for further reflection. I find writing helps me think and organise my thoughts and I like the visual appearance of my blog which reflects my personality and all its facets. I guess I want people to see who I am.

  12. Francesca on October 16th, 2010 at 9:05 am
  13. Like your blog. Thanks for the comment, take care Dr Shock

  14. Dr Shock on October 16th, 2010 at 1:42 pm
  15. [...] do you experience, perceive your blogging? This is a different question from why do you blog, or your motivation for blogging. This question is more about your blogging style. Well they have [...]

  16. What is your personal blogging style | Dr Shock MD PhD on January 17th, 2011 at 7:24 am
  1. I blog to learn, and to share what I learn. It is a great way to log my interests (I have several blogs!) and it provides a convenient source of references to look back to. The interactions with commentators are often helpful, and the knowledge that someone is reading your posts provides that little bit of extra pressure needed to keep expanding your horizons.

  2. Adrian Thysse on October 11th, 2010 at 1:30 pm
  3. [...] Dr. Shock asks, “Why does someone write a personal blog and not simply use the Internet for taking in media co… [...]

  4. ResearchBlogging.org News » Blog Archive » Editor’s Selections: Kid Scientists, Blogging, Election Orgasms, and Digital Literacy on October 12th, 2010 at 5:02 pm
  5. I blog because I am.

  6. Cryptocheilus on October 13th, 2010 at 12:34 pm
  7. Frankly, I have no idea :)

  8. canadianus on October 15th, 2010 at 5:54 am
  9. Honest comment, thanks, take care Dr Shock

  10. Dr Shock on October 16th, 2010 at 8:36 am
  11. I definately blog to record thoughts and feelings for further reflection. I find writing helps me think and organise my thoughts and I like the visual appearance of my blog which reflects my personality and all its facets. I guess I want people to see who I am.

  12. Francesca on October 16th, 2010 at 9:05 am
  13. Like your blog. Thanks for the comment, take care Dr Shock

  14. Dr Shock on October 16th, 2010 at 1:42 pm
  15. [...] do you experience, perceive your blogging? This is a different question from why do you blog, or your motivation for blogging. This question is more about your blogging style. Well they have [...]

  16. What is your personal blogging style | Dr Shock MD PhD on January 17th, 2011 at 7:24 am
  1. I blog to learn, and to share what I learn. It is a great way to log my interests (I have several blogs!) and it provides a convenient source of references to look back to. The interactions with commentators are often helpful, and the knowledge that someone is reading your posts provides that little bit of extra pressure needed to keep expanding your horizons.

  2. Adrian Thysse on October 11th, 2010 at 1:30 pm
  3. [...] Dr. Shock asks, “Why does someone write a personal blog and not simply use the Internet for taking in media co… [...]

  4. ResearchBlogging.org News » Blog Archive » Editor’s Selections: Kid Scientists, Blogging, Election Orgasms, and Digital Literacy on October 12th, 2010 at 5:02 pm
  5. I blog because I am.

  6. Cryptocheilus on October 13th, 2010 at 12:34 pm
  7. Frankly, I have no idea :)

  8. canadianus on October 15th, 2010 at 5:54 am
  9. Honest comment, thanks, take care Dr Shock

  10. Dr Shock on October 16th, 2010 at 8:36 am
  11. I definately blog to record thoughts and feelings for further reflection. I find writing helps me think and organise my thoughts and I like the visual appearance of my blog which reflects my personality and all its facets. I guess I want people to see who I am.

  12. Francesca on October 16th, 2010 at 9:05 am
  13. Like your blog. Thanks for the comment, take care Dr Shock

  14. Dr Shock on October 16th, 2010 at 1:42 pm
  15. [...] do you experience, perceive your blogging? This is a different question from why do you blog, or your motivation for blogging. This question is more about your blogging style. Well they have [...]

  16. What is your personal blogging style | Dr Shock MD PhD on January 17th, 2011 at 7:24 am

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