Ah Facebook, the land of milk and honey . . . or not so much . . . however it did get me thinking once again about this whole blogging thing and why others blog.
I blog because I needed an outlet. I needed a way to deal with the darkness and to try and find my voice again. I blog because it was a way to release the thoughts that filled my brain. I blog because through it I have made some amazing connections.
Now back to Facebook. The other day a friend posted that she had decided to become a blogger. That peaked my interest for a couple of reasons. The first being that very few people in my real life know about this space so it was interesting that she had decided to take up something so close to my heart. The other reason being that I love finding out why others start their blogs.
Well her little announcement brought about some interesting, and I suspect somewhat accurate, opinions concerning the whole blogging thing. It was mentioned that perhaps blogging was kinda narcissistic and that, rather than traditional journaling, the writing becomes for the audience rather than for the writer.
I get it, I can see how it can seem entirely self-centred and that we pander to an audience . . . because sometimes we are and sometimes we do. See how I am totally writing for the audience right now . . . mostly cause I have had a rough day and writing how my blog can be a wee bit self-centred and audience focused just makes me feel like a heel so I am dragging you down with me.
From the outside looking in blogging must seem so strange . . . sharing personal thoughts, feelings and events for strangers world-wide to read and comment on. However, once you immerse yourself in this world the reasons for it become clear . . . blogging is truly a community of amazingly supportive people who not only understand and empathise with the thoughts and feelings that you are pouring out . . . many of them are experiencing something similar.
My words here have led me to connecting with some fantastic people . . . people I would never have had the opportunity to get to know if it wasn't for blogging. My words here have allowed me to find my voice again and clear the negative thoughts that plagued my brain for so long. My words here helped me to finally say that I survived PPD.
Personal blogging is not for everyone. Personal blogs are not everyone's cup of tea. However, this space, the words contained within, along with the words of so many other amazing bloggers are my cup of tea. I am a blogger and I am pretty proud of it. Now that being said I am not planning on linking up to my personal Facebook page anytime soon and I kept my thoughts on blogging to myself and I will let my friend find her own way . . .
What about you? Why did you start blogging?