I was a guest on Pat McMahon's TV show on KAZ-TV today and Pat asked a great question:
Why do his colleages, people who host talk shows several hours each day, then go home and blog?
Good question. I suppose the best thing to do would be to ask them, but since the camera was on me I gave it my best shot. I think there are a couple of reasons:
Blogging provides an alternative outlet
Blogging lets them let their hair down and say things they either can't say or don't have the opportunity to say during their workday. A similar question could be asked of me: "Since you work with blogs all day long, why do you go home at night and blog about food?" The answer is that I love cooking and Fumbling Foodie gives me an outlet to talk about it.
Sense of Connection
I suspect that blogging gives them a chance to feel part of a community; part of something bigger than just themelves. Fumbling Foodie is part of a community that spans the globe. I have foodie friends all over the world and we stay connected to each other through our blogs. I suspect that sense of connection and community is something they don't get hosting a talk show.
This was, BTW, my first television appearance. I was nervous as all get-out. My son watched my 'performance' on his TV and said something I thought was interesting: "When I got this TV I never thought I would see my Dad on it."