Why Do I Have a Blog?

Recently I’ve put a lot of thought into the reasons behind this blog’s existence. It’s not here to make money (though the $0.30/month in AdSense revenues doesn’t hurt), but for a more ethereal reason that touches on the very nature of my being.

One of the greatest benefit of living in this country of ours is the right to free speech. Though I don’t have many things to say that would be censored in less understanding nations, I still like to stand by this basic human right and express my opinions.

I’m probably violating some understood law of blogging by talking about blogging, but I think a discussion of my motivations is in order after the 127 published posts here on this blog.

Time Magazine recently published an article entitled “How Many Blogs Does the World Need?“. The points made in this article are fairly on point, but there is one that I have to disagree with:

How many blogs does the world need? There is already blog gridlock.

I don’t believe this for one second. As long as there are still people on the planet (or elsewhere in the universe), there will be people who have opinions to express. The fundamental nature of the human mind lends itself to expression of ideas.

That’s Why I’m Here
The Worthless Genius blog exists for that very reason – self expression.

If you know me, and most of my readers are close friends, you can understand the difficulty I have in expressing myself in face-to-face conversation. I have a constant flow of ideas in my brain, but often I find myself without the words to cause someone else to understand what I’m saying, let alone the chance to agree or disagree.

The written word is one place that I have my strength in communication. I know I’m not the most eloquent person on the internet, but that’s fine with me. Most of my posts are inane and more for self gratification than providing an actual service to society. And that’s just fine, that’s why blogs exist.

I like to think that I can come here, enter a 400 word post, and have at least one person in the world read it. As this site gets more and more into Google search results, maybe even those posts can provide some sort of direction to an individual who is looking for guidance.

There are days when 15 posts would not be enough to discuss an idea that I’ve come up with, and other times when a week only brings one or two posts. Now I’m violating two rules set forth by professional blogger Leo Babauta in his article 10 Mistakes That Could Be Killing Your Blog:

  • Infrequent posting.
  • Writing about infrequent posting.

That’s fine, I think the purpose of this blog is to break some of the rules.

Traditional Media
Before blogs, the only easy way to get your thoughts out to the world were through traditional media sources, such as newspapers, magazines, television and books. For a person like me, who has a touch of shyness, and a reluctance to commit to a deadline, this meant that you simply kept your ideas to yourself, and the world was not a better place for it.

Most blogs out there probably don’t serve any purpose for the rest of humanity. I’m not offering some great amount of game-changing ideas, but I feel like if I put these things out there–even if I don’t follow through with them myself–maybe they will provide needed inspiration for a future endeavor.

Though I choose to host this blog myself, there are many viable free alternatives out there for people wanting to get their ideas out to the world. Services like Blogger, BayWords, WordPress and Twitter provide quick and easy setups that provide a stable, well-supported solution for those without the technical knowledge–or even the desire–to host their own blog.

If you’re not a blogger, and you have ideas or commentary on popular culture, get out there and set up one of those free blogs! Send me the URL to your blog so that I can see what you’re up to, and maybe you too will be able to create a following and really get your ideas out there.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/pirate-hats John the Pirate – Arrr!

    Good post, I like your writing style! I’ve added http://worthlessgenius.com/ to my feed reader, and will be reading your posts from now on. Just a quick question – did you design your header image yourself, or have it done professionally? If you had it done by a professional, who was it?

  • http://www.stroz.net Benjamin M. Strozykowski

    I designed the logo myself, the brain in the picture is from an actual ct scan of my head. Read more about it here: http://www.worthlessgenius.com/2008/11/04/new-logo/