Jason Strate, AKA “Jay-Stray” (blog | @stratesql) came up with an idea to help others do some regular blogging. He is calling it #meme15, which means the 15th of the month we all write a quick post about the topic at hand. Today’s topic comes in two parts: why did you start blogging, and why do you keep blogging.

Why Did I Start Blogging?

Because I had children, that’s why, and I didn’t want to be “that parent” that sends out letters to relatives and friends during the holidays to recap everything that happened during the year. Being somewhat aware of the Universe around me, I knew that my ISP provided free web hosting, I think 10MB worth of space at the time. So I started blogging about the events in our lives as we had children and as they got older. The updates were very frequent at first because there are lots of changes that happen early on, and they have tailed off somewhat now that my children are older. But I still keep updating the family blog whenever something happens that we feel is noteworthy.

Eventually I decided to start blogging about my life as a DBA, probably because I needed reassurance that I wasn’t alone in my daily struggles. And soon enough I would find that to be very true.

Why Do I Keep Blogging?

If you want to learn something, go teach it. That’s how I’ve gotten better at anything in my life, by trying to teach it to others. Blogging allows for me to do that as well, as I get a chance to explain a topic to others it helps me to learn and understand as well. Blogging also gives me the opportunity to express thoughts and opinions, and occasionally rant.

But mostly blogging is a way for these words to get out of my head, through my fingers, and perserved for all time on the intertubz.

I’m certainly not doing it for the pageviews.