Rebecca at The Space Between My Peers asked me Why I Blog. In order to figure out how I started blogging you’d have to go back to a time in my life before kids when I had way too much time on my hands.
You see, we were watching different television shows on cable, and one that was interesting to us was 7th Heaven on TheWB. I don’t know why I got started, but I found their message boards and after a show on a particular topic I decided to see what the boards were saying. I waded into the discussion there, and that’s where my online experience began.
You see, I was very passionate, even from the beginning, on defending the Word of God and the morality behind it. Over time, I got into interesting interchanges that caused me to take on my pseudonym and it then occurred to me– I was talking about things that were better off shared. I was writing the same things over and over again for my defense to certain tactics. It was then that I decided that I had something to say on multiple topics and my bravejournal blog was born.
My first topic was one I was running across in multiple different places– the subject of gay rights. That year was an election year, and I found myself talking mostly about politics, what was going on in the country. For the most part, I found articles, linked to them and talked about them. When I found that links went missing, I started quoting pieces that were necessary.
I used my blog as an outlet for my thoughts on issues. I found some agreed, some disagreed. It wasn’t until April of 2006 that I decided that I would like my blog to become more than a hobby– that I should try to go somewhere else than bravejournal and see what it could become. My blog was getting more traffic than a friend’s site, so I moved it there for some time. It was nice to be off of bravejournal, but the site didn’t exactly say “MInTheGap.”
At that time a friend of mine told me about putting ads on my site, and although I originally bragged that I didn’t have ads, I found that it was a nice way to pay for the time that I was putting in. It was about that time that I started reading blogs like problogger.net and similar places that talked about how to get people to come to your blog. What good is speaking without someone to hear and comment?
It was about this time that my wife was in the first trimester of our latest child’s pregnancy, and so I had a lot of time on my hands. And all of a sudden, I was writing four posts a day, visiting other blogs, commenting, and was out and about.
Now, I’ve calmed down, become focused, written series and developed a conversation. Why do I blog? To reach out. To share my views. To encourage others.