Why I blog


by Jeff Fecke | July 11, 2009 • There are a lot of reasons to blog, probably as many reasons as there are bloggers. Some bloggers write because it beats screaming. Some do it because they don’t know how else to effect change. Some bloggers, especially those who’ve started in recent years, blog because they see it as an entree into power, a way to meet important people and see important things.

Jeff Fecke is a freelance writer who lives in Eagan, Minnesota.In addition to his own blog, Blog of the Moderate Left, he also contributes to Alas, a Blog, Minnesota Campaign Report, and AlterNet. Fecke has appeared as a guest on the “Today” show, the Alan Colmes radio show, and the Mark Heaney Show. Fecke is divorced, and the father of one really terrific daughter. His debut novel, The Valkyrie’s Tale, is now available.

As for me, the reason I blog is encapsulated in a Chinese proverb: “A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”

I have a song.

I write because I like to write. Because it’s an activity that fundamentally appeals to me. I like taking thoughts, laying them out on the screen, attempting to create an argument that just might persuade people. In the nearly seven years this blog has been active, I’ve had months where my average daily traffic was in single digits, and months where it neared 1,000 readers, and I’ve written at sites far more trafficked than this. But I’ve never written to attract an audience. I’ve written because I have something to write about.

I do not profess to have the answer, full stop. I have been wrong often on this blog and in life, and I will be wrong again. But by the same token, what I write on this blog is the truth as I see it at the time. I may regret a position I took after time proves me wrong; I never regret having taken the position, however.

In comments and emails reacting to my piece on Matt Entenza, a number of commenters have complained that by attacking a DFL front-runner, I’m hurting the DFL’s chances of winning the Governor’s race in 2010. And perhaps I am, in my own small way. But I’m not writing this blog to win favor with the DFL. I’m writing it because I want to express, in my own small corner of the internet, my opinion. You can think that opinion is right or wrong, but I can promise you, it is always mine.

I make no apologies for that. If you find my opinions to be ill-conceived, by all means, try to prove me wrong. I will listen, and engage, because through argument we approach truth. But if you ask me — or any other blogger — to quiet our voices because we might make things more difficult for Our Guy, understand that this blog has never been about supporting Our Guy, and it never will be. It is about me expressing my opinon, and letting the chips fall where they may. If my writing convinces others that Matt Entenza should be avoided, or that a DFLer should challenge Lori Swanson in the primary, great — I hope it does, just as I hope it convinces people that all people are deserving of equal rights, and that an economic plan that answers every question with tax cuts is not a plan, but a cult. But ultimately, I will keep writing. Because I have a song to sing, and because the freedom to sing that song is a gift, one that is too precious to waste.

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