Why I Blog (A Ranking of 4 Motives)

InkBlots and IceBergs

“Putting aside the need to earn a living, I think there are four great motives for writing, at any rate for writing prose. They exist in different degrees in every writer, and in any one writer the proportions will vary from time to time, according to the atmosphere in which he is living.” ~ George Orwell, Why I Write (1946)

I was gearing up to write a post on the reasons why I blog, when I came across snippets of Orwell’s thoughts on the four great motives for writing. I saw several parallels, and was forced to reckon the degree to which each motive exists in me whenever I decide to hit the Publish button here.

Sharing with you the four motives here, in a sort of countdown (because I rarely get to introduce suspense in my blog otherwise, so please bear with me) from what I think is generally…

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