I never was worried about sharing my life with strangers because I have control of what I share. The amount I share on my blog is what is comfortable to me, which I have learned is not comfortable with other people on how they view it. I have had many people come to me and say things as "you're sharing your private life to strangers". I can see where they are coming from, but they also don't understand the blogging community. Yes, I share my life with my strangers. I am OK with that. I don't need you to be OK with that. But then again, you share your life on FB and let's face it, about 75% of your "friends" are pretty much strangers to you too. So same difference?
The best thing about me blogging is the community I am now a part of. I have grown up with fellow bloggers where we all started out as newlyweds and here we are now as parents. We've been through the same journey together and I have made some really great friendships along the way. Everyday I talk to a group of girls that I became close friends with through blogging. Literally, we group chat every day and I love them so much. They are all amazing. If it wasn't for blogging, I wouldn't have their positive friendships in my life and let me tell you, I would be missing out.
I guess there is no real answer to why I blog. I don't do it for the sponsorships, for the free swag, for the conferences... I do it for me. I blog because it makes ME happy. I blog because I want to share my experiences with other people. I blog to make people laugh. I blog because it helps me in figuring out who I truly am. I blog because I love to write. I blog because I speak more openly. I blog because I want to be part of the community. I blog just because.
Why do you blog?