So, why do I blog? I use my photos as context for my outdoor adventures and experiences. While my primary interest has always been birds, over the years I've branched out to anything that moves or grows in the wild. There is something very satisfying about seeing a new living thing and then trying to identify it. In deep summer when the birds are quiet and hidden in the leaves, dragonflies, butterflies and wildflowers become my focus. When I take a trip there would be no way to remember the details if I didn't blog about it. The same is true for getting out on any ordinary weekend morning.
Many of my blog entries also have a significant amount of narrative - in spite of my belief that when others look at blogs they are really only interested in seeing the photos. I also use my blog to practice my writing. This is an idea I got from another blogging friend who is a real writer and has published her research and other articles. I've read a lot of my friend's writing and she is such a readable writer. For my work I read medical documentation and medical research (definitely not readable writing). The kind of writing I do at work is in the form of medical documentation, as in progress notes, office visit notes, procedure notes, etc. I can say with certainty that this is the kind of writing that would choke a horse. It's a pleasure to write words and pieces that are so different from that drudge. I have never published anything - may one day have the opportunity - and I know my writing has improved thanks to having this blog. So, while I believe that others are mostly interested in only the photos, the writing is for me. If others also happen to read it, that's fine too.
I got through this without writing that I have never liked the words blog, blogging or blogger. I can't change them but all are awful word choices.