I'll be honest; I don't really know what this is. Yes, I have reasons for starting a blog, but I frankly don't know what I'm going to put in it. And that in itself is the biggest reason. I feel I haven't challenged myself enough lately, so this is my wake up call. It's the natural progression of my desire for personal growth and the continuation of many of my recent endeavors.
I have been having a lot of fun sharing my photos via social media and wanted a more permanent location to showcase my work. It wasn't until I got serious about my photography that the idea of blogging about it seemed like a natural extension. Makes sense to me.
I am very interested in blogging as a means of developing my writing skills. My ultimate goal is to write fiction novels. I've always enjoyed writing casually and felt I could muster a not insignificant volume of words. However, my first attempt quickly overwhelmed me in the early outlining phase. I think blogging will be a good stepping stone for me to not only improve my writing technically but also give me the momentum needed to pivot into novel mode.
3. Web Development
I'm slipping behind in software development. Specifically, I need to get my ass in gear on web technologies. SQL, CSS, and PHP are acronyms with which I'm only vaguely familiar but have found in nearly every software dev job listing I've ever seen. Creating a site and a blog gives me the perfect platform for hands-on learning.
Having a web presence is a new concept to me that I'd like to explore further. Until recently, I have always shied away from revealing too much about myself (to a fault), and I think that creating an online extension of my own life will motivate me to be more open and accountable. You might say that's going to the opposite extreme, but I believe this will lead to a greater personal satisfaction with my own existence as well as a cultivation of a true, "unbreakable" me. (I can see future blog posts forming already.)
I have come to understand the value of pushing myself outside of my comfort zone, and this is my next major leap. It's too easy to stagnate in the familiar and routine. I want to do something refreshing, and I hope this leads to a greater creativity and drive in my work.
So there it is. It seems like a handful of disparate things not suitable for a single blog, but ultimately, it's all a record of experiences and finding one's way. I know a blog should have a voice and focus on a niche and blah blah blah, but this is not meant to be about a specific thing, per se. It's meant to be about a specific person and how that person interacts with the people and things around him. If that isn't relatable, then I don't know what is.