I Belong to the “Mister Ed” School of Blogging

What’s your attitude toward blogging?

Mister Ed and his owner WilburI was reading someone’s blog recently on another site, and she explained that she’d begun blogging because of peer pressure. She was a Realtor. Other Realtors were doing it, and she knew it was important. So she posted a blog. Now, it didn’t say anything–but it was her first blog, so congratulations were in order.

However, going forward, what will be her motivation–and your motivation–to blog?

George Mallory–an English mountaineer who led three expeditions to climb Mount Everest in the 1920s and who died in a 1924 attempt–is famous for allegedly responding to the question: “Why do you climb Mount Everest?” with “Because it’s there.”

Do you blog “because it’s there”? There’s nothing wrong with emulating George Mallory, though try not to end up the same way he did! But, for blogging, is it enough that “it’s there”?

I myself belong to the “Mister Ed” school of blogging. You remember Mister Ed, don’t you? Well, you might if you’re old enough, or enjoy reruns. The TV show ran from 1961 to 1966. It was about a talking horse–Mister Ed–but Ed would only talk to his owner Wilbur (or as Mister Ed would say Wil–burrrrrrr) and to others but only on the phone.

Part of the show’s theme song went:

People yakkity yak a streak
And waste your time of day
But Mister Ed will never speak
Unless he has something to say

For me–whether I’m blogging or whether I’m reading someone else’s blog–that’s the key. Do I (does he, does she) have something to say?

What do you say?

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