Back in 2005, several of my UE friends (and UE related friends) began blogs on blogspot. Kristina, Katie, Sarah, Tamara (and eventually even stubborn Jenny) kept in touch with each other’s lives by updating their blogs. After reading their entries for awhile, I decided I wanted one, too.
So I started this very blog site that you are now reading. For a long time, my only goal was to update it with enough frequency that people didn’t forget about me completely. These days, I’m managing to post a little more often.
I don’t have a lot of readers. Several of my friends, family members, and occasionally even my husband read my blog daily or weekly. Every so often I’m surprised by someone who sheepishly admits that they were reading my blog. (By the way, I don’t keep my blog a secret. I put links to it right in my email and have a link to it on my facebook page. You don’t have to be embarrassed for having excellent taste in online reading material.) I’m grateful for any of you that would take time to care about what I have to say or about what our family is doing.
Occasionally, someone will ask me, “Why do you keep a blog online?” Maybe they think it’s narcissistic. Maybe they think it’s too public. Maybe they’re just curious about why someone would journal online in the first place. I have a few reasons, I suppose.
The first reason is the reason I started blogging: I like to keep in touch with friends. Back before we were using facebook, our blogs were a way to check in with each other. I wrote in my blog because I wanted them to write in their blogs. I updated so they would see pictures of the first day of school or our new cat or what our Christmas tree looked like and hear stories about funny things that happened or accomplishments and struggles in our lives. I checked their blogs to learn the same things about their lives and families. Most of these friends (and a few others) still continue to blog regularly. And there are a few that I wish would blog more often (cough JENNY cough).
Second, I am rather introverted. It’s my nature to be pretty shy and I tend to process things inside before I speak them out loud, if I even speak them out loud at all. In big groups, I’m not usually the one talking unless it’s part of my job to do the talking. If I feel comfortable around you, you probably know me as a bit more talkative than other people do. My mother heard this all the time at parent teacher conferences in elementary school: “Becky’s just so quiet!” at which point she would laugh for days, I’m sure, because I was most certainly NOT so quiet at home. At the same time, I’m not really a private person and even if I’m quiet, there is still A LOT going on inside my head. I like to share my thoughts and stories with others. This site gives me an opportunity to comfortably share what’s going on in my mind and in my life with whoever takes the time to read it.
Third, I have always loved to write. I used to keep a notebook and eventually a computer disk of short stories I was writing. Writing skills go stale if you don’t use them. Especially lately I have felt challenged to flex my writing muscles by updating my blog on a daily basis. And the truth that I have discovered is that the more I write, the more I want to write and the easier it is to write and think of things to write. The simple fact is that if one wants to be a writer, it is necessary for one to engage in the process of writing.
I guess the last reason I blog, and also the most important reason that I blog, is for me. I love reading old entries and remembering things that happened that I recorded with words and pictures. I enjoy writing and thinking and finding pictures to post. I love the satisfaction of hitting “publish” and knowing that I’ve recorded something else. It makes me happy and I think that even if no one else read it, I would still write it.
Those are the reasons I continue to post entries here. Do you blog? Why do you do it?