What do you do with spare time? I bike. And run. And when I do these things, thoughts fly from my medulla oblongata (or somewhere from this area). Especially with running. No other activity–with the possible exception of tractor driving–makes things more clear for ideation, thinking, or whatever you call it.
Yesterday after a long run, I spent some time looking around at favorite blogs – Church of the Granny Bike | Cycle Chic | Dorthybitestoto’s Blog | Kent’s Bike Blog | Loving The Bike | Pigtailsflying | shebicycles. I sent a twitter shout asking why they blogged. Their 140 character responses:
It provides mental closure to some thoughts and allows me to share others for discussion… I don’t blog as much as i used to, with Twitter for smaller things, but i write longer pieces, post photos… I like to share my thoughts on running (diff workouts, races, tips) and also read others to get motivated or new tips on running… Takes a lot of time, but worth it. If you’re passionate about it, I say go for it… I blog entirely for myself because I love the writing. I use it as a way to record what I think about when I run… My blog is a place where I can tell bigger bike stories than I can on Twitter. It’s more interactive & immediate than a book. I also find the best blogs, like @grannybike @fatcyclist or Jill Homer’s have a real, interesting person behind them. Blogs have more structure and story arc than the “everything that pops into my head” world of Facebook or Twitter… I’ve had nothing but good experiences w/blogging- have met great people & enjoy the creative writing opportunity. I say do it… It’s good record/journal, sharing with family. Although often feels like I am talking to self. :-0 Takes time. I’ve also found consistency in posting is important. Simply because you are thinking about it, means you have something to say … so DO IT!
I’m doing it. @morebikes, @dorthybitestoto, @kentsbike, @pigtailsflying, @lovingthebike, @grannybike… thanks for sharing your experiences.
P.S. more on tractor driving later.