The long answer is a little more complicated.
It is true that I’ve read that bloggers should ask thought-provoking questions to hook their readers. But I usually ask the questions at the end of my posts. My purpose is less to hook my readers than to get you thinking.
Why do I want to get you thinking? Well, I hope that this blog provokes some dialogue and that it isn’t purely entertainment.
The stated theme of this blog is “One writer’s journey through life and time”—a pretty broad theme, but it describes a journey I want to take my readers on with me.
Sometimes my journey is through history. I give my thoughts on how the past impacts the present (and future), and I want you to consider these things as well.
Sometimes my journey is through my own and my family’s lives. Readers have their own family histories that impact who they are. I hope my questions help you reflect on the joys and sorrows of your own past and how those who have touched your life have influenced you.
Sometimes my journey is into myself. I ask myself questions all the time in my journal. I don’t always answer them, but the questions indicate what’s troubling me at that point in time. When I find myself asking the same questions over and over, it means I need to change something, to work on that area of my life. I’ve made many changes as a result of these questions over the almost thirteen years that I’ve been journaling. (Yikes! That’s the time a kid goes from kindergarten to college—I hope I’ve made some changes!)
So some of my questions are intended to help readers explore their own lives as well.
Do you find yourself pondering the questions I ask after you read? If not, how can I make this blog more meaningful to you?