When somebody suggested that I write a post on why I blog, my first question was: "can I be honest?" (I could almost see people cringe when I asked the question.)
But, I believe that it is only honest to share with others not only what the rewards are, but what the risks are too. Because if somebody were to start blogging without an appreciation for both, they might be in for some pretty unfunny surprises.
Because if blogging is all about having an impact—sharing your perspectives, opinions and experiences—then it seems like sometimes those impacts wont always be positive.
Let me say right away that, overall, blogging has been and is a very positive experience from my perspective. But there have also been hard parts. Blogging is done by passionate people (it has been said many times that none of us here at EMC gets paid to blog—it is always something we choose to do, with the superabundance of free time that we have!). And typically blogs are read by passionate people, people that care about the subject matter, and people that have opinions of their own. That don’t always agree with you.
Just remember: it is not personal. (Usually!)