Blogging provides different things for different folks. When I first found Active Rain I wasn't even sure what a blog was. After awhile I discovered that if used as a marketing tool it could and does make the phone ring. Eventually I started to know some people who were experienced, wise and kind. These bloggers became people I met, whether online, by telephone and even on occasion in person.
I used to wait for gold stars or featured posts. They don't come my way and I no longer expect them no matter what I put forth. I blog every day as a sort of discipline. Discipline is a good thing to have and has helped me hone my writing skills. I look forward to seeing people I like and respect here and that is enough for me.