Nov 7, 2012
WHY I BLOG
every so often, i start thinking about why i blog.
when i started this blog back in 2009, it was a way for me to process college life. i was studying at a school north of boston, 6 hours away from my family in pennsylvania. there were lots of growing pains and learning opportunities. this blog became an outlet, a place to share my heart, to no one in particular, and it stayed small and was really just for me and a few friends and family members for a few years.
then, last fall, i got an e-mail from a friend from college who wanted to grow her blog. we started swapping buttons and reaching out into the blogging community and this space started to grow. and with that growth has come many redesigns and repurposings and many moments of analyzing just what i want this space to be.
if i'm being perfectly honest, there are some days that i wish i could have thousands of followers and write content that people read on a daily basis. sometimes i wish i lived a fabulous little life in a cool city and could blog about the cute cupcake shop on the corner and the person i met on the subway. and then, there are days when i wish i wrote profoundly deep and eloquent content that caused people to really think. for a while, i was glued to monitoring my stats and comments, trying to write things that i thought other people would like.
but it all comes back to the question "why? what's the point?"
and i think the answer is that i need it. i need it to continuously discover and process and redefine myself. i've always liked writing, and blogging has given me a space to do that where i've got complete control. there are no prompts, no requirements.
and finally, i'm back to a place where i do it just for me. sure, i love to share little things like apps that let you create your own font or a photo shoot i've done recently. but my favorite posts are the ones like this, where it's for me, and if others read and connect to it then great! but if not, i'm ok with that, because i've accomplished what i wanted to: a time of thought and processing through writing.
so, dear reader, why do you blog?