Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.
Dang, I had this really good blog title in my head earlier, but now it’s gone. One thing I realized recently — now this may be an indication of my thickheadedness, since I have written on this blog since 2003 — in a visceral way was that blogs require a thesis. OH NO, you may be thinking, I thought I left the thesis statement behind when I graduated! I hate to disabuse you, my friend, but there’s little worse than reading a blog that has no point. Without an underlying backbone, you start wandering through events in your life, mentioning this and referencing that without any structure. The blog loses its interest for outside readers and they start asking themselves, What am I doing wasting my time here?. This actually brings up an important point, mainly, the point of a blog. If a blog exists solely to journal personal growth, who cares what the point of a post is? But if a blog seeks to maintain readership for some other reason, the underlying thesis is mandatory.
Blogs exist for many reasons, as far as I can tell: To sway political opinion; to proselytize for some idea; to advertise for yourself, your skills, or your product; to be hip or lend hipness to a web site; to keep in touch with closer friends or family; to inform people; to journal semi-publicly; to keep a record of some sort. Which of these need a theme for their posts? I would argue that, personal journal notwithstanding, they all need a theme.