Jan 30, 2015

Why I Blog

Seems like every once in a while I ask myself this question.  More because I have had people ask me and I know many other people probably are thinking the same thing but afraid to ask.  When I started this blog it was because I was a newlywed.  We were one of the firsts to get married from within our circle of friends so there wasn't anybody who can relate.  I started looking online for groups on thenest.com to join and chit chat with other woman about their experiences.  That's when I learned that most of the woman on the boards had blogs so I decided to check them out.  I started following blogs and was just a reader for the first few weeks, then I took the plunge and decided to write about my life.

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?


Jen said...

I love your reasons and I agree! The community of bloggers I have met (yes that means you!!!!) is absolutely amazing. :)

Ali Arnone said...

Love this! I don't blog for money or free crap or any of that stuff either. I blog because I love to write and because my overactive brain is always writing posts in my head and I need a place to put them. I blog because of the friendships I've made also, and the support system I've found in other bloggers. I blog because it's something I truly love.

Jillian Carreira said...

I enjoyed reading this and think that blogging is a great way to connect with many people. People have many different interests and goals and this blogging forum allows anyone to meet and interact with people who fit into all those needs.

I enjoy blogging, simply because it provided me with a media to talk about myself, my interest, my family, my dreams and life on a whole. I do not plan on stopping anytime soon. I am a blogger!!

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Why Girls Are Weird said...

I started out blogging simply as an online diary and a way to keep track of my life. But it has turned into being all about community to me. I love it!

Crystal said...

This is a great post! I blog because it's such a creative and supportive community. I've been inspired by so many bloggers out there and maybe there's someone out there who will be inspired by me. Even if that's not the case, I love being part of the community and I love that it's a place where I can talk obsessively about my dog. :)