March 28, 2007

5 Reasons Why I Blog

Thank you to Dave at GoPacking for tagging me on this one. This was a good opportunity for me to do some serious thinking about why I started Rambling Traveler and what I hope to accomplish with it. So, taking a deep breath, I am ready to share my 5 reasons.

1. It is a great way for me to share my travel experiences and encourage others to get out and explore different destinations.Okay, I totally copied Dave on this one, but it is so true. I love to travel, and I want to tell people about the places I've been to. I also want to inspire people to get out and see this incredible world we live in.

2. It puts my hours of travel research to good use.
Anyone who knows me will agree that I spend a lot of time reading- books, magazines, websites, travel brochures, etc. My blog gives me a chance to share what I've learned with others, and a good excuse to keep reading.

3. Community
I have met so many incredible people online. People with amazing stories, great tips, and kind words of encouragement. When I see the quality of what's out there, I sometimes wonder who I'm kidding by trying to join in, but I'm learning so much that I can't leave.

4. Something to do
I have three children in school, but I didn't want to go back to work full time. My blog gives me something fun and interesting to do, but allows me to still be there when they need me. No worries about taking time off for a sick child, helping at school, taking care of household appointments, or traveling.

5. A chance to write
Again, I'm copying Dave on this one. I enjoy writing. I've kept a journal for over 15 years, and this is another way for me to record some of my experiences. I'm also hoping it will help improve my writing skills now that I'm writing for an audience.

Now it's my turn to throw down the gauntlet. I'd really like to hear from:
Ian at Brave New Traveler
Timen at in my All Stars
Paul at TravMonkey

What are 5 reasons why you blog?