Motivations are tricky. What compels someone to do something really stupid and post a video of it on Facebook? Why would someone run for public office, let alone the presidency? Why would I write a blog?
If ever the topic of my blog arises in conversation, reactions range from mild interest to “Oh . . . wait, what?” I get a lot of “What is your blog about?” As if I have a purpose. As if I have a single topic that is interesting enough to merit blogging about it.
Some people do. Some are motivated by money and they zero-in on that thing, whatever it is, to generate traffic to their store, website, tourist attraction, sponsors or whatever. I respect that, usually. This is the way things are done these days.
Some people are true capital W writers and their blog is just another forum for them to express their meaningfulness and interact with their capital R readers. Go and do, Great Minds!
My motivations for a blog have been more, what? Subtle? I started out thinking I would use it as a place to write down little lessons I’ve learned over the years, in story telling mode. I envisioned career/corporate world stuff. The name “Tilting Up” was a reaction to “Lean In,” a book title that got so much attention and created such a stir that I never read it. I’m a woman who was in an advancing career and who suddenly, and with mystery for some of those around me, left to live in a resort town. I didn’t leave my brain behind and I still had things to share and add to that world, I thought, so I would do it in a blog.
A funny thing happened as my fingers hit the laptop keys: I didn’t write my thoughts on effective leadership or how to communicate in the board room. Instead, life came through. People, relationships, mundanities, tragedy, humor, love and loss. Dogs, snow and a convertible. And I found that what I thought was my original motivation wasn’t even real.
So now I wonder, what is it? Why do I do what I do? It’s a connection to people I know and those I don’t. It’s a catharsis I didn’t know I needed. It’s fun. It’s something I do without having to. My own thing, my own deadlines or not, my own topics, my own thoughts. No agenda. No goals.
Still don’t have much of an answer here. Not sure it really matters. Thanks for reading — maybe you are my motivation!
I would still like to know why someone would willingly run for president.
Happy 2015 and Happy Motivating!