I haven’t felt compelled to write about anything in particular for the past couple of days. Though I’m trying to get in the habit of posting at least every couple of days, nothing has caught my interest enough to motivate any writing. What my mini writing rut has done is to cause me to think about why I’m blogging in the first place.
There certainly isn’t a shortage of blogs, so I don’t think there is any particular void this site fills. I’m not getting paid to do this either. So why bother?
I suppose that simple narcissism is part of my motivation. I would like to think that I’m above that sort of thing, but that might me narcissistic too. I do think you have to be at least a bit stuck on yourself to publish a blog though. Otherwise, why would one expect people over the globe to drop by and read your thoughts?
But there is more going on here than simple egotism. We also have complex egotism, but that involves irrational numbers or irrational self esteem or something like that. So I’ll just skip that and move on to some other motivations.
One reason I started this site was to provide myself with a regular writing exercise. For me writing is a lot like working out. I will put both of them off, and I am frequently uncomfortable while doing them, but I’m always glad to have done them (unless I pull a muscle or write too many run-on sentences). So this blog is a creative writing outlet, or maybe a not-so-creative writing outlet depending on your point of view. Either way, it does provide me with some needed motivation to write some thoughts down from time to time since I know that at least one person checks the site everyday (Hi, Honey!).
Finally, I write about topics to help sort out my thoughts on them. Trying to come up with even a short post requires me to put forth some effort and analyze my position on whatever I happen to be writing about. This is especially helpful when it comes to issues on which I haven’t reached any firm conclusions, such as theism and consciousness.
So those are my primary motivations for inflicting this site on the world. I’ll try to make it worthwhile to someone other than myself, but I’m not making any promises.