The word blog was coined almost twenty years ago and since then millions of hopeful bloggers have staked out their homesteads on Blogger or WordPress or – remember Geocities? A few have thrived. The vast majority sit abandoned for years with just a few entries sprinkled in.
Why do people start blogs? Why is this blog here? What’s the point?
One of the core needs humans have is significance. As much as I want to blend in with the rest of the humanity, I also want to stand out, to be noticed. It’s not even about the praise, which is possibly why there are so many people who do truly foolish things ‘just’ to get noticed.
The second reason I’ve started this blog is to make assertions. As a deep fan of random information that I impart at just the right time to poleax my audience with my awesomeness and insight (see significance), I know deep down that I have not taken that next big step.
I have acted as a conduit for information, not as a crucible that transforms the information into my insight and my action. I have not been willing to be wrong, or more specifically to be noticed as being wrong. That’s an uncomfortable kind of significance!
I have not made assertions. I have stood at the endless well of information, I have partaken of the refreshing water from it, but I haven’t added my own flavor to it.
Here’s to making assertions. Being seen making assertions. Being seen making ‘wrong’ assertions.
Time to enter the arena.