Jon, over at A Slight Case of Overbombing, has been asking himself some questions. I thought I'd try answering them too.
• Why did you start blogging and why do you continue? I started as an incentive to make myself work. I don't think I ever believed anyone else would read it, but I though that if I were forced to make a public confession every day of how much (or how little) I'd written, then I might write more. Now, I blog from time for a variety of reasons:
- it's therapy, getting stuff clear in my own mind by writing about it
- it's chat. The Blogosphere is like a staffroom, and every now and again it's polite to join in the conversation.
- it's a record. It's a diary which I look back on from time to time.
- it's a trumpet. Every now and again, if things go well, I like to blow my own trumpet.
- it's a news source. There are a few people out there (friends and relatives) who get to find out what I'm up to by reading the blog.
• How do you decide what to blog about? It's pretty random.
• Do you write straight out or pre-plan what you’re going to write? Straight out, but I'm a writer, so it's never completely stream of consciousness.
• Do you censor yourself? Yes. It's like speaking in public, and it's hard enough in this business making friends, so I don't want to make enemies. Also, I never mention individuals by name - I wouldn't want anybody who I work with to have to worry about seeing themselves mentioned in my blog.
So, now you know.