Friday, June 3, 2016
Why I Still Blog
I know I don't need to write this. And no, it's not a letter to anyone. It's not click-bait, either, I promise. I've written posts similar to this before and with all the chatter that's been happening on social media these days I felt motivated, inspired, I don't know - just simply in the mood to share a few reasons I still blog. Or, as my beautiful graphic states - five very important reasons I still blog. So stay with me!
I still blog because I love to write.
I love sitting down and sharing things that matter to me. Whether it's books - and yes, I know I've been writing about books A LOT lately! - or food, family or friendship, I write because it means something and I want to share it.
I still blog because I love to read.
I still read blogs. Do you? I know so many people who state that their blogs are now their business and they don't have the time to read other people's blogs because what for? And that makes me sad. Because I still read blogs. Maybe not as often as I used to - but social media kind of shifted that course a bit and tends to suck me into a vortex of sorts! But I really enjoy keeping up with friends and seeing what they're up to, personally and professionally. And their blogs help me to do that. I also really like supporting them when I can, whether it's with a tweet or a contest entry, or just a comment so they know someone's reading. Granted, that happens less these days, but I'm trying to get back to it!
I still blog because I love to connect.
The art form of connecting through blogging took a huge hit when Facebook came along. A really huge hit. But in the same breath Facebook brought some incredible ways of connecting with those bloggers I knew who had already become friends. You don't think I have 700 or so FB friends that I just hang out with in real life like every day, right? I connect with bloggers, writers, authors, people who put themselves out there in the world that is social media and I find them - relate to them - they listen to me - I listen to them - and we're friends.
True, there are a good handful among the 700 or so that are probably not really my friends. People who requested me for one reason or another, thinking I'd be a good contact to have, thinking I was someone they had crossed paths with in a Facebook group or somewhere and said to themselves, hey, I should request her. But I'll be honest, I use FB as a real platform to be open and honest and real about life and my family. I'm not a fakebooker by any means. And in doing so I'm picky about who I accept as a friend. Is it true that every now and then I see a name pop up (and if I'm being honest, it's usually a birthday reminder!) and say, uh, who is that now? Yes. It's true. I admit it. But we all do that - don't we?
I still blog because of the people.
All those people I mentioned? I still blog because some of them are still reading what I write. Some of them are there when I need them the most. Some of them are there to support me as I get hit with a wave of grief over losing my father. Or as I struggle through the anxieties motherhood brings me. Or as I shout really loudly that I'm about to lose my mind.
I blog because without blogging I wouldn't have met those people. I wouldn't have those connections. Made those friends. I wouldn't have friendships that exist in the tiniest of Facebook groups - where I go to share my innermost angst and my happiest of joys. Where I have friends who know when I need to wallow, and know when they need to help pull me out of it.
I still blog because of me.
I like it. I enjoy it. Yeah, sometimes I'm thinking to myself - dang it - I really wanted to do three posts this week and ARGH! It's already Friday!!! And then I think, well, who cares? Do them when you want to do them. Write about whatever you feel like writing about. Show people who you are and what you represent and why you write and they'll enjoy what you have to say. So, yeah. I write because I love to write. A lot.
So, there you have it. Five reasons for you on why I still blog.
How about you? What motivates you to sit down at the keyboard and type away? What inspires you to write? What makes you feel like you're entitled to be heard? Because you should, friends, you should totally feel that way. You are entitled to be heard. And I'm here. I'm listening. So come on and talk to me.