|floral bouquet from Joan H on February 2|
THANK YOU for the wonderful comments you left here after my last blog post. I was blown away with your thoughtful words and encouragement.
In a private email exchange with one of my readers, the topic was bandied about as to why we blog. I mean, for those of us who aren't trying to sell anything with our blogs, why do we tell the world our thoughts, feelings, and activities, and usually with pictures?!! Why make ourselves vulnerable like that?
Are we narcissistic, self-centered, boastful? (Maybe.)
Or do we have a message we feel compelled to share? (Often, yes.)
Do we think our writing will change what's wrong in the world? (It's worth a try.)
Are we lonely and so desperate that we resort to blogging? (True for some.)
Is self-publishing a stepping-stone to manuscripts for a book? (Sometimes)
For whatever reasons we began blogging, with many of us it's come around to a sharing of life experiences with a global group of people who welcome us into their reading niche and usually leave comments affirming our choices and offering information that can be helpful.
We learn from one another because we can't all experience all things. When we can humble ourselves enough to share what's happened to us, our successes and including our mistakes, we are helping others to make better choices with their circumstances.
Sometimes we want to create with words and pictures to express what's inside of us, be it happy or sad. It's a release and a joy.
Perhaps most often we are designing a journal of our days for our future enjoyment and for the benefit of our children.
We love to create. I used to make scrapbooks, accumulating all the many bits and pieces of fobs and paper available. It made for a lot of stuff to store and keep track of, and I could never seem to use it all up! It was like getting more French Fries to use up the puddle of leftover ketchup on my plate and then getting more ketchup to eat with the leftover French Fries, and on and on! I always had components and fragments left over!
For me, blogging eventually put my scrapbooking to rest. I could record things in both public and private blogs, using the creativity my computer provided. That might not work for everyone, but for me it's been a much less cluttered method of self-expression and creativity.
I know for a fact I am not alone when I question my reasons for blogging. Insecurity is a common trait in most writers but when the words bubble up inside of us, that's a sign we need to express them in a useful frame.