I ask myself this all the time. I think about blogging a lot, even when I let months go by without posting anything. There's always that nagging little question of why bother blogging? Is anyone reading? I think by blogging here on fargo I am starting to make a little more sense of this question. I had this exchange with @betsykimak yesterday and it got me thinking.
I was skeptical but then I remembered a story. In 2008 I was rolling along with my nurse blog and I was getting increasingly interested in analytics and SEO, to the point of maybe starting up a small venture of building sites for small businesses. But then my my site got delisted from google. I was mystified. I tried very hard to figure out why I had offended the gods of google. I thought it was something I had done. My blog was totally corrupted so I decided to make this video post, detailing my frustration.
Shortly after that, someone said to me on twitter, "Hey @pixelrn, did you know Matt Cutts is blogging about you?" Yeah, that Matt Cutts. The one that runs the webspam team at google. He was kind enough to show me that my wordpress site was hacked and pointed out that my source code looked like this.
In the end I was able to solve the problem just by blogging about it. I learned a lot about what it takes to be a good webmaster. (When you have a wordpress blog you can't just "set it and forget it," it's more like "update frequently, and watch vigilantly." But more importantly it points out a reason to blog in the first place. People are listening. It might only be a small handful of people, but if they are the right people, you can sometimes get things done.