why do you blog?
Thank you everyone for all your good thoughts about Z’s upcoming surgery. I’m feeling much better about it. Not saying that I’m looking forward to it, but I’m feeling like I’ll survive (her surviving has never been in much question).
Sometimes I have an idea for a blog post, and I think it to death and it never gets posted. Sometimes the idea just seems to not let me leave it be – it keeps showing up everywhere I look.
This past weekend, I got together with some local parenting bloggers when the local paper’s parenting blog had a get together. It was fun, I’d never gone to a blog-related get together, but everyone was very friendly and we all had a great time. At some point, we discussed why we blogged. Some blog as a creative outlet, some as a way to keep family and friends updated, some are hoping to get a book published, some want a way to talk about issues that are near and dear to them. It got me thinking about the reasons I blog.
Then Alicia posted yesterday about some of her favorite blogs and ended by asking everyone why they blogged. And then today I got a survey about the “state of the blogosphere” which made me laugh. It had questions about how much money I make on my blog and whether I have ever been fired or lost friends because of my blogging. Huh.
So now I’m curious, why do you all blog? Or if you don’t, why do you read blogs? Are there certain types of blogs that you gravitate towards or shy away from?
For me, I really started updating this blog once I was pregnant. I had been reading infertility blogs and a few blogs of friends for a while, but hadn’t quite gotten up the courage to start really writing my own. I ended up using the blog mostly as a way to keep friends and family updated, but slowly, it also became a way to be a little more open about our fertility struggles and journey. I wanted other people to know they shouldn’t feel alone if they were going through something similar. It’s a little strange, since infertility is not the topic of most of my posts nowadays.
I also blog because I hate writing. I know that sounds stupid, but writing is hard for me. I put it off, procrastinate, find excuses not to do it and generally feel like I’m pulling teeth trying to get words out of my head and in to print. So I started to write more frequently with the idea that writing would become easier the more I do it. I suppose that might be the case, though writing still is certainly not my favorite activity, and it still does not come easily.
What has been so surprising to me is how much I’ve gained from blogging in other ways. I really love the feedback on my thoughts and my writing, and I love hearing that something I wrote might have helped someone. I’ve also learned so very much from posting about topics that I hadn’t known a lot about before. With my little four eyes blog, I keep learning a ton, both from my own research, but in large part from the other posters and commenters, about children’s vision and visual development.