Why Do I Blog?

A wise man once asked me:

dig deep and figure out why you’re writing. b/c i don’t think it’s JUST for yourself. and guess what? there’s nothing wrong with that. i don’t write just for myself. i write to be read. i write b/c i think it’s one of my gifts.

so tell me, my friend, WHY do you write? holla.

I have thought about it every day since then.  This is not a simple question.

I know why I write.  I write because I love to write.  I love the feeling I get when I put thoughts down, I love the struggle of finding the right word, the right phrase, of creating the right rhythm.  I delight in challenging myself to write something better than last time.  It is a constant endeavor, always wishing to improve on what I say and how I say it; always trying to be better than I was before.  There are few things I enjoy more than writing.

Why I blog, though… that is a different story all together.

Blogging is an ideal format for me.  I love to write, but I’m not entirely creative enough to come up with fictional stories.  Believe me, I have tried.  I do, however, love to recount the tales of things that I’ve done and things that have mattered to me.  I love to share in my days, and my experiences.  I enjoy helping others to see what I’ve seen and to feel what I’ve felt.  I share things most people wouldn’t dream of talking about, wouldn’t dream of sharing, because it’s important to me to be real.  I am not perfect.  I have bad days, and self doubts and second thoughts.  I get lonely, sad, down on myself;  all of those moments are the truth, and I need to share them exactly as they are, exactly as I feel them.  The amazing days, the amazing moments; I share those with the same passion.  I pass on my wonder and awe, my hurt and confusion at the world around me – the life I live – all with equal honesty.

And the single most satisfying thing I have derived from blogging is the realization that I am not alone.  Not in ANY of it.

Somewhere out there, there is someone that is thinking the same way, feeling the same way, and wondering the same things as I am.  Never in my life have I felt more connected to people that can reach out and help each other cope.  I blog because I crave that connection, with friends and family members or strangers and acquaintances, with anyone willing to read and relate.  I don’t want to write something that you can look at and say, “Wow, that was really well written.”  I want to write something that pulls at you, that makes you realize a little something more about yourself, and causes you to remark, “I know exactly what you mean.”

THAT is why I blog.

That is why I love it.

And that is why I will continue.

  • http://dahnya.blogspot.com Dahnya

    Good! Don’t let outside pressure wear you down. Ultimately the negative few should not outweigh the many fans. :)

    Chin up, Mandy!
    .-= Dahnya´s last blog ..Cinderella, I am not. =-.

  • http://johncaveosborne.com john cave osborne

    that was strong, mandy. and it also provided a response to a well-intended comment you recently got. the person said something along the lines of “since you say you write for yourself, and you’re getting all this unwanted attention, maybe you should simply jot your thoughts down on paper instead of blogging to the world.”

    i certainly don’t consider myself to be a “wise man,” (i do, however, encourage you to hold that opinion) but my hope in asking you those questions was to lead you to an answer which would refute what i thought to be, again, well-intended, but pretty bad advice.

    when you say things like “i don’t care what people think because i only write for myself,” you open the door for such advice. now, my dear, you have closed it.

    that said, keep on blogging, my friend.
    .-= john cave osborne´s last blog ..Pappy Campers =-.

  • http://janusfiles.xanga.com Janus

    I think your reasons are pretty close to mine on the whole topic of “Why do you write?” I think in my case, though, one of the overwhelming reasons is that I can’t NOT write.

    Keep writing, and keep this in mind: All will be well.
    .-= Janus´s last blog ..Knight In Rusting Armor =-.

  • http://www.alotofloves.com Marilyn @ A Lot of Loves

    That’s a well thought out response. I think you and I have some similarities as to why we write and why we blog. Personally the reason why I blog now is not why I started – I blog now because I feel connected to a greater group than those just outside my door. I write on my blog because I just don’t have the time to dedicate to my novel. I’ll get to it one of these days.
    .-= Marilyn @ A Lot of Loves´s last blog ..Champion of the Potty =-.