Kate got me for the 5 reasons you blog meme.
- Habit; I’ve been doing it for 3 years.
- The connections; I couldn’t have organised the Lewisham bloggers meet-up without being a blogger, and it’s moments like that which help keep my faith in the ability of social media to step beyond the online ramblings of the millions of us who do this.
- The conversation; blogging gives us the chance to take something we see and think is interesting or noteworthy and amplify that a bit, and when it really works there’s a momentumn that goes beyond your own post. So my emailed conversation with an Australian teacher gives me a greater insight into the plans my children’s school have for exploring educational uses of web 2.0 technology.
- To record my part in my community; my original motivation as a blogger was to add to my accountability as a politician, now that I’m not this blog remains a place where I can explore what’s going on and try to exert influence.
- Fighting the good fight; blogging allows me to explain my political activism to whoever stumbles across the blog and I hope gives a more realistic view of who we are and what motivates us than you might get from the mainstream media.
There are, of course, other reasons – expressing delight in the fantastic things people can do with the internet and sharing the content of my recipe books – but those five will do.