Some of you may have noticed a bit of a blogging / social media / social LIFE hiatus near the end of last year. In retrospect, I realise that I was really just avoiding a whole lot of stuff, and keeping my mind occupied with a whole lot of other stuff, so I could avoid feeling a whole lot of stuff that I just wanted to hide away from.
As refrigerator logic tells us, this simply doesn’t work. But it pretended to work for a while, and it tricked me into thinking it was working (and hey, in some ways, a break from everything was a good thing) so I kept calm and carried on busying myself. Until the holidays hit. Then there wasn’t anything to keep myself busy with, and tears ensued.
Fortunately, my common-sense partner and my unconditionally supportive friends brought me through it, and here I am, back doing the things I love – reading, writing, and blogging.
Because I do enjoy blogging, and all the things that come with it, so without further ado (which I think there has been quite enough of, and I’m sure you’ll agree), let’s get into my seven reasons for blogging:
The main reason I enjoy blogging so much is because I feel that I am really contributing to society; like I have some important, insightful, and close-to-the-heart things to say. No matter how misplaced that feeling may or may not be, it makes me feel good that every time I hit ‘publish’, I’ve helped at least one person that day.
I’m talking about discussion in the comments on my blog, on other blogs, and in social media – blogging and social networking social networking go hand in hand, though sometimes it requires sifting through self-promoting posts (don’t get me wrong, there’s a time and a place for it, BUT there’s also a time and a place for good ol’ discussion). It’s great to interact with other people online, and build relationships with them…
…which naturally lead to friends. I fully believe that friendships can be built online, and there are several people I would certainly refer to as friends, whom I have never met in real life. I don’t think that anyone puts up more of a mask online than they do in real life – some would argue that they are more true to themselves in online relationships – and there is always much to be gained from good friends.
The main reason I started blogging – but not the main reason I continued – was to build an author platform. If you click on the link, you’ll go to a site that has amazing information and ideas about this, and I’ve written a bit about it in my five-part series here. They were popular posts so I’m gonna take that as a sign that people found them helpful.
Yup, there’s a lot that goes on here that’s really just me getting stuff off my chest. Sometimes, people relate to that stuff and that’s comforting (for me and, I assume, them), but it keeps me sane (though some might argue with this claim) and I think that’s a good thing.
It’s a challenge, blogging. This is a challenge, too – a seven-day blog challenge to get me rolling with my blog again – but managing a blog is a challenge because I need to keep coming up with stuff that I’m passionate about, and that interests the masses. Or at least the portion of the masses who read my blog. It’s a challenge because while I celebrate my achievements, I continue to reach for the next goal – a better post, a bigger readership, an eBook…you name it.
I’ve learnt so much from my blogging venture. Much of this is what people have written in their blogs, or in discussion, but a lot is also from the comments on my posts. In my writings, I put my own perspective, knowledge and experience – and you wonderful readers challenge me with new perspectives, more knowledge, and different experiences. The internet can be a wonderful place.
I’ve got an easy question for you today – what keeps you blogging?