It’s the final day of the SITS Girls’ Back to Blogging Challenge and today’s topic is: Why do you blog?
Why do I blog…. First and foremost, because I love to write. I love to write, but I don’t have the time nor the ideas to write a story. I never have. Ever since I was young I’ve loved putting words down, creating things. Yet, I have no creative or new ideas that could one day be formed into a story. I can remember in high school writing down scenerios in my spiral notebook. They weren’t stories, they were scenes that would jump into my head. I would be moved by them, to write them down before I forgot the details. They would literally be snippets of conversations, encounters, interactions with others. Most of them would fill less than two pages front to back of my notebook but I had to get them down.
I guess I’m a short-distance writer. I love blogging for the freedom it gives me. I don’t always have to worry about punctuation, grammar, or even making sense. What other platform of creativity can you legitimately use where it’s okay sometimes to write in all caps for the sake of the story, or use a run-on sentence because it reads funnier that way? I’ve become so in love with blogging that I think about it in my daily life. Things happen to me and I immediately think, “This will make an excellent blog post.” A coworker of mine told me a story about a hamster she had in college that chewed its’ own leg off and I actually said out loud to her, “That would make a great blog post if you blogged.” Sometimes, I have to stop what I’m doing and take down a note on my phone when I get an idea for a post because I won’t remember it later.
I love blogging for the friendships it has given me. You may not call them friendships as technically, I’ve never met these women but they are my friends. I will meet them, in San Diego next year and I will hopefully make new friends there as well. Blogging is a community, social media the future. Bloggers help each other out. We cry together, we laugh together, and we share our lives and hearts for the world to read.
When I began blogging it was to work out my own feelings about my miscarriage. My blog was honest. It was raw. When my due date for Green Bean rolled around I got ridiculously drunk and I blogged about how angry I was. I think I used the F word a lot. When I decided to let my blog be known to my friends and family, women I knew wrote me and thanked me profusely for being so candid with my conception struggles and heartbreak because they, too, were struggling and felt very alone. I gave them hope. I was a success story. I reached someone and made a difference…
I love blogging for the creativity. I love blogging for the connections. I love blogging for the opportunities I’m presented. I love blogging for the voice that it gives me. Even if no one ever hears that voice, it is there ringing loudly and clearly through cyberspace. Even if sometimes I feel as though I’m writing just for myself, and no one is listening.. My words are still there and they are still mine.
I just love to blog. Period.
This post was written in participation with The SITS Girls’ Back to Blogging Challenge. In participating, I am also submitting the posts to be entered into a sweepstakes to win a Turquoise Sky Electrolux washer & dryer set. The event is sponsored by Standards of Excellence, Westar, and Florida Builder Appliances