Why do you blog?

Feb 20, 2015 by

Why do you blog?

Why do you write? Reasons for blogging. | www.lovetheeveryday.com

Sometimes people I know in real life read my blog. That always brings me a moment of hesitation, a tiny twinge of embarrassment, and a fear of judgement. I obviously don’t write under a pseudonym or keep my posts anonymous, I’m not just Miss M and I don’t refer to my family members by their initials, or keep my picture off the internet. I choose to write publicly because I want to be real. I have real life struggles and real problems and real opinions that I want to share. But, every so often I worry what people think.

 

This is silly because I don’t write for them necessarily, I mostly write for me. I’ve written for years and years, mostly what is going on in my life or my thoughts on a day’s events. I have a stack of paper journals at home in my cedar chest dating back to when I was ten years old. As I grew up and went through college I had the typical online journals of the time: there was an episode of LiveJournal, and blogger, I’ve had a blogspot site and other trials in the realm of online blogging… but now, here on Love the Everyday, I write what my heart feels, I write to relieve stress, I write to become a better writer. Practice makes perfect right?

I also write for you, on a smaller scale, because I have important things to share, ideas that are worthwhile and I feel that maybe, just maybe, I can encourage others with what I have to offer. I think people always assume that they are alone in their struggles in life, that they are the only one going through what they are fighting with, and maybe I can share pieces of my life that others can relate to. God has really been working within my heart lately, shaping me into a better and stronger person, I think this is so that I can be a tool to spread God’s love, share support, encourage others to keep on keeping on.

Grace Cox, over at Hello Giggles wrote an article listing all the reasons why people blog. She says:

Is blogging just a way of letting go of whatever is on your mind, just blurting your thoughts out onto a (web)page when you feel the need, a la the early pioneers of blogging?  I love blogs like this, the ones where things aren’t shiny, posts aren’t pre-planned, and thoughts aren’t edited.  I think that people are so ridiculously brave to write like this…

 

I love that. She goes on to say that part of why she blogs is that she really just loves to write, and I couldn’t agree more. I’m a writer at heart. I have always been better at expressing myself in writing than I can orally. I’ve always loved to make up stories and elaborate on life. I’ve been a member of teacher-based writing clubs, and taught my students writing workshop. I’ve helped former students get published, edited countless papers as my graduated high school seniors head off to college, and written more recommendation letters than I can remember for kids who I know are going to make a difference in this world.

I love to share words. I love ideas that just spill out onto the page. I love to tell a good story. Whenever people ask me why I blog I always think “why not”?

But the truth is, it is scary to put yourself out into the spotlight like that. Sometimes people can be cruel and gossipy about bloggers which is why I am selective about what I share about my personal life….and I’m a little jealous of those bloggers who are able to just let go and totally be themselves. Maybe someday, with more experience under my belt, I’ll feel more free.

So, I write. I write when I’m bored. I write when I should be grading papers. I write because my 12th grade English teacher told me I’d never amount to anything. I write because I hope to inspire others to write. I write because it helps me to handle my anxiety. I write when I’m sad. I write when I’m happy. I write to share the word of God and hope for a better tomorrow. I write because there is something to love in every day. I write to keep from going crazy. I write because if I don’t put into words the story that is in my head I feel like I would explode! I write. I just write.

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