A few days ago I read a blog post discussing the reasons that people blog. The main point that I took from the post was the poster likening blogging to Facebook and accusing those who blog of showing narcissism through their choice of what they post about.
Whilst I understand this person’s reasons for blogging are to raise awareness of issues in the world, I believe that they overlooked the fact that by highlighting these issues, they were in fact highlighting their PERSONAL opinions of these issues thereby negating their argument. However, it is that person’s right to blog about whatever they wish – just as it my right to blog about whatever I wish to also.
I agree that many people who blog, blog about themselves. To be quite honest, I don’t see why they shouldn’t. After all, the word ‘blog’ is just a contraction of two words – ‘web’ and ‘log’.
Historically, a log was an official record of events during the voyage of a ship or aircraft. Star Trek famously filmed scenes with the captains recording their thoughts and observations in the ‘Captain’s Log’.
Therefore it stands to reason that if a person who blogs is recording events and their own feelings about them then they are posting exactly what a blog was originally created for.
The great thing about writing a blog is that we are able to share with others and those others just may find what we have to say (or what we are going through) helpful. Not many of us follow blogs where we don’t like what is written that’s for sure. That’s why ‘follow’ buttons were created. If we don’t like the content then we merely click the little red ‘x’ in the top right hand corner and go on about our day. That’s what I do and I don’t see why others can’t do the same thing.
then again, I also follow Jason (Opinionated Man) at HarsH ReaLiTy who I don’t always agree with but find his blog is definitely entertaining – and like me, he also is entitled to his opinion.
So why do I blog? I once wrote a post entitled Why I write that outlined many of my reasons for writing and blogging. Those reasons included:
- I write to share experiences so that others will know they are not alone. Too often when we are going through hiccups in life, we feel isolated and alone believing that we are the only ones who have ever felt this way and there is no way out.
- I write to extend my hand to others. Because no one should feel alone.
- I write to get the jumble in my head into some sort of coherent order (and free up some space in there for more jumbled thoughts).
- I write because as my fingers dance over the keyboard, it is music to my ears. It is such a satisfying sound.
- I write because I can’t stand to see a page devoid of words. Yep, love those stores filled with empty books just begging to be filled with words. I’d love a Typo gift card for Christmas (hint hint family).
- I write because by writing, I am healing.
- I write to learn more about myself. It’s amazing what comes out with the right prompts.
- I write so that I can leave a legacy for my children. Not sure if they’ll ever want to read my ramblings but you never know.
- I write because it is a blessing to be able to share with others. I am blessed by all of you on WordPress.
- I write because I can!
Since writing those words, I have found other reasons to add to the list including:
- I write because I see so much beauty in the world that I just want to share it because everyone needs a little beauty in their day.
- I write because sometimes I’m just so darn angry/hurt/upset or otherwise with events that are going on in the world or in my own life.
- I write because I sometimes read really awesome stuff that is relevant to my life or strikes a chord and I wonder if others might not also enjoy what I have read.
- I write because I believe a life without words is a life not worth living. (Actually I’d have to add music and beauty in there as well as a life devoid of these things is quite grey really).
- I write because writing gives my life meaning.
- I write because some days memories just come flooding back and I need to bring them to life with the written word. My memories become more real in doing so.
- I write because in doing so I express the real me. So much of what I say and do if often misinterpreted but when I write, it is really me. Wholly me. Uncensored. Words often tumble out of my mouth completely unedited but when I write, I have the chance to really think about what I am saying.
There are probably a great many more reasons for writing and blogging that would come to mind if I took the time to think of more however yesterday I found a graphic that summed up everything about writing and blogging for me:
If that is narcissistic then so be it. I prefer to think of it as a way of helping others.
It is my desire that in blogging (and writing) I not only help myself but am able to help others along the way.
Surely that is as a good a reason as any to blog.