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Why Blog?

By Abhijit Nadgouda

Lorelle asked me if I would guest-blog here. It was an opportunity to contribute to something built by someone you respect and admire. It feels great, even if it is a one-off chance. It is like associating yourself with something that Woz has engineered or getting to play with Zakir Hussain! How could I say no to this!

If you are still here, please bear me for a little longer. How do you think Lorelle and I have come to know each other? No, we have not met, we have not worked together, nor have we studied together – none of those Facebook options.

What we have done though, is blogged together, without ever wondering about our race, religion, language, lifestyle or profession. We have been able to converse and build this relationship because of it.

It is scary to think that I would miss such relationships if I had not listened to one of my friends and read about writing; and blogging.

Blog because …

Today I advise everyone I meet to blog. Sometimes it seems like I am a big mouth since I am only about two years old in this world.

But in another way, it is an indication of the experience and value I have seen in such a short time. It has been a tremendous learning journey, lot of therapeutic sessions with myself, and a discovery that I could build my own thought process and get others involved in it across the geographical boundaries.

There have been a lot of posts and articles about why one should blog, but believe me no one else can tell you what you can gain from it. You can only experience it, because a lot of times it leads to revelations. Let me cut it short and cite some reasons why I blog.

  • I have realized that writing on a topic helps me think better and deeper, which is what I am doing as I am writing this. This has ended up in many therapeutic and introspective sessions for me, where I have realized my mistakes, my strengths and my weaknesses.
  • Unlike in the publishing industry, blogging is not predefined. Every new blogger can invent his/her own way of blogging, which has evolved blogging into podcasting, photo-blogging or video-blogging. One can even choose to use one of the micro-blogging tools. There is only one best practice – express yourself.
  • There is no better way of archiving my thoughts, revisiting them after some time and learning from them. A lot of times I read my year-old posts and cannot stop laughing at myself. It has helped me realize how I have grown and evolved.
  • Blogging lets me have conversations. Multiple posts on a topic across multiple blogs weaves into a common thread that builds into a conversation.
  • Another aspect of the conversations is to connect with others, which would simply not be possible otherwise. Blogging is a discovery vehicle that introduces me to new people based on the criteria I want. And very soon you can build relationships out of these, which is what has brought me here on this wonderful blog.
  • Blogging, as a medium, takes my thoughts across the lands and seas and oceans, in a second! Is there another more effective medium?

And no one stops you from building a professional publication out of this, if you are interested. Nor will you be remanded into custody if you build a private outlet for your thoughts.

The Because Effect

What you do not see in these points is monetizing blogs. That is something you surely can do with it, but the higher ground is in the “because effect“.

The because effect is a kind of jujitsu. While other people look to make money with something, you’re finding ways of making money because of something.

Not that making money out of blogs is evil, but making money the essence of blogging can narrow your vision and value that you can provide. The because effect empowers you to do things better and some things that you thought were not possible.

A not-so-apparent result of the because effect is that it does impact others. Not necessarily in a world-changing way, but more subtly that sows the seeds to reap the benefits much later.

Blogging is a tool because of which you can learn new things, evolve yourself, build relationships, help others learn and experience this because effect.

Now, if any of you get thoughts about blogging, even for a millisecond, I will consider this post has achieved its because effect.


Abhijit Nadgouda is a software engineer who wants to use software to solve problems and contribute to the software development world. Blogging is the medium of his choice for developing and conveying his thoughts.

13 Comments

  1. Posted August 6, 2007 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    I like this, LOL!

    … none of those Facebook options

    Like you, I would ask everyone I meet to blog too, because I have found the joy and satisfaction in blogging. But I’d also have to bear in mind that not everybody shares the same passion (writing and constantly learning) as I do. While it seems that “everybody” is beginning to blog these days, none of my close friends do (or at least none that I am aware of).

  2. Posted August 7, 2007 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    Nice to see that Abhijit from ifacethoughts has been a guest blogger here on lorelle ;) i read both their blogs on a daily basis;) keep up the good work.

  3. Posted August 7, 2007 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    Abhijit, Glad to see you here. I enjoyed reading this post too.

  4. Posted August 7, 2007 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    I started my blog out of an advocacy to promote. Along the way, I met bloggers and learned a thing or two. Then I discovered “monetizing” which helps support my advocacy.

  5. Posted August 7, 2007 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    I like your idea of blogging for connection.

    One of the main reasons that I blog is to entertain and connect with people who entertain me. If monetizing means the person can spend more time entertaining and less time working at a corporate gig, I say go for it. And if they’re on a social platform, it allows for another way to connect with them.

  6. Posted August 7, 2007 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    I love how you have brought up the most important issue for me when it comes to blogging: crossing borders and breaking them down. Blogs connect in ways that may stun many when we stop and think about it. We blindly go forth, writing our “think”, and then get a little note from someone who says “thank you, you helped” or the more lovely “you changed my life.”

    I love the explanation of the “because effect”. Well done!

  7. Posted August 8, 2007 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your comments.

    Alexander, Vinod I am glad you recognized me :-)

    noemi, I am not anti-advertising, though I feel that it should not be a goal. Like Jon says, it is to let you do your things better.

    Lorelle, very true, those little notes have great value. I do not think there is anything else that signifies the because effect more.

  8. Posted August 11, 2007 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Here is why I started blogging.

  9. Posted August 12, 2007 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Great to see Abhijit blog on here. He seems like a natural choice as a guest blogger on Lorelle’s blog.

  10. dale
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    We’re finding it hard to figure out why we, as teachers, should use blogs in our classrooms.

  11. Posted November 13, 2008 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    @ dale:

    Really? There are so MANY ways. I’ll be writing about them soon, but use your imagination. Kids are submitting their homework to blogs. Teachers are using them to issue homework assignments. Schools and teachers are using them to keep parents informed of school activities. Kids are starting blogs to do their homework, produce video, audio, shows, and all kinds of things. They are learning that blogs are their online business card and building content and an online resume for the future. So many ways…it’s amazing!

  12. Laura Lee
    Posted May 12, 2011 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    I’m starting to frustrated on blogging, three times my blog was hack. I even not looking for money on that blog.

    • Posted May 12, 2011 at 7:58 am | Permalink

      Money, content, there is no rhyme or reason to why or how a blog is hacked. There is nothing, and I need to repeat, nothing personal about a blog or website hack 98% of the time, unless you have enemies or are a known spammer or other “justifiable” reasons why you maybe targeted. The majority of web hacks are not personal, but give people a reason and they seem to find motivation. Sad state of affairs all around to live with those who thrive on evil.


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