There are of course many answers to that. I think it probably not worth delving into the theoretical and metaphysical, so I’ll start at least with a simple explanation.
I have a good friend. His name is Ben. Last year he incited me to write during international book/novel month, November. I made my commitments, had promising discussions with him, and then left the country.
Here we are, one year later. So much has changed. I’m on Facebook (urgh). I’m on Twitter (why?). There now exist innumerable ways of sharing my thoughts and ideas with the outside world. I even had a website (it’s expired, now). So why WordPress?
Why a blog at all?
I used to try to blog. Really, I did. It turned out no one read it. I’m not sure whether it was because I had nothing interesting to say, or because no one knew who I was. I can’t particularly influence the first, of course, but I can certainly try to say more interesting things.
The funny thing about it all is that, from time to time, I talk to myself about things I think might be better said via the internet. Facebook and Twitter present interesting vehicles for this, but are limited in their ability to express eloquence (which, by the way, I’m doing a piss-poor job at). I like to soliloquize, and like further to pretend people listen to me.
My hope is that a blog, here at the delightfully confusing WordPress, may help in that regard. I can spout as much information as I like (I’m already up to 266 words – Facebook would have cut me off at 266 characters!), discuss all the banal workings of my slightly twisted way of thinking, and be left with the good feeling that someone is actually paying attention to me.
It may also help in writing my novel.
Anyway, my hope and desire is to make this the first of many. I will follow this with more thoughts.