"• Identify a reason for creating a blog. The reason should be something beyond simply recording the daily events of your life, unless you have a particularly interesting life, or expressing your thoughts and opinions, unless you have particularly interesting thoughts and opinions or a particularly interesting way of expressing your thoughts and opinions."
I don't know why I created my blog. I enjoy writing, and I like to think somebody in the world knows I'm alive. Those are the only reasons I can think of for this effort. I've kept several diaries and journals in the past... the old-fashioned kind, where you use pen and paper. In fact, recently on Christmas day, several of us had fun going back over some journals I kept in the late 80's and early 90's. The diaries from that time period are particularly interesting because I added photos to them, to go with the entries, as well as some news articles.
I'm not competitive, so I don't really worry about how much traffic comes my way here, although I'm thankful for the J-land friends I've "met". If this kept me in touch with a few relatives, that would be sufficient. Cliff said the last time he called our son, Jim, in Georgia, he couldn't come up with any news of our household that Jim hadn't already heard from his wife Debbie, who reads this blog.
I enjoy sharing photos taken around our house and the countryside. Honestly, I don't care for a lot of the fancy graphics that so many people use... the angels, unicorns, etc. I'm pretty much a plain vanilla type person. I've never cared for cutesy things like those "Precious Moments" characters (I've passed up chances to tour the Precious Moments chapel at Carthage, Missouri), or the flowery "art" by Thomas Kincaide. So sue me.
But you know, different kinds of people with varied interests make the world interesting. Do what you like with your journal, and I'll do the same with mine.