5. Writing helps me know what I'm thinking. Sometimes until I write about something, I haven't fully explored the ideas enough to know what my belief is. Writing helps me collect and express thoughts, then go back and revise to come to a clearer meaning. During the writing process, I've often contradicted myself and have to work at gaining understanding before I can complete the work.
4. I like the consistency of posting each week. Forcing myself to write also requires me to think of a new challenge for myself.
3. Writing a blog is a short-term relationship. Where a novel takes months (or years) to hammer out, a blog takes only days. It's kind of a quick thought-shot, ideas captured at-this-moment-in-time.
2. Blogging is exercise. I don't always enjoy the process of exercise, but I can say that I've thought of many ideas I would not otherwise had if I hadn't needed to research or brainstorm for a blog post.
1. Captures the process. I write a blog that has two parts. The first is always a book recommendation. So in this way my blog catalogues books I've enjoyed as a reader. The second part of my blog posts is about writing or about myself. It might be a writing tip or a snippet of something I've written recently. I've posted original recipes and quotes I like. So my blog is me on the page.