Recently,I’ve had a couple of friends ask “why do I blog”? I’m a relatively new blogger with few readers. I’m definitely not the best blogger, nor do I have the most insightful posts, so why do I spent so much time blogging?
I have several reasons which include branding myself as a Student Affairs Professional and social media practitioner. But honestly, the most significant reason I blog is to help me process my thoughts and musings.
I love to write and I’ve always found writing a meditative and reflective process. When I was younger I wrote a journal. When I was older I wrote short stories and essays. And for about the last six years, every November, its me and my journal tackling NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). A challenge where you attempt to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. (Thanks to Shawntae who got me roped into it!) So its a natural outlet for me. Also, with blogging I’m able to share these with the world and get feedback and help with my thoughts and musings.
Now, it’s not all unicorns and rainbows. It can be a pain to blog at times, especially if you’ve got what seems like a million deadlines looming and family issues and friends who always wanna go out, but its something you just make time for.
You also have to have a sense of confidence in yourself, your writing and/or your thoughts. The good thing about blogging is that you get feedback. The bad thing about blogging is that you get feedback. With blogging, you are putting your heart, mind and soul out for anyone to read and comment back on. Sometimes it can be positive and reaffirming while other times it can be harsh and critical. But if you can take it all in stride and learn and better yourself, then I promise you it’s worth it.
I do want to say that blogging isn’t for everyone. For many fields and professionals it’s becoming a “thing” to have a blog. But don’t feel the pressure to do it. If you can’t assimilate it into your life, and if you aren’t learning or benefitting from it, then you don’t have to blog. Some individuals will express themselves and share their thoughts and musings through vlogs, music, and/or art, through websites, virtual art galleries, and YouTube. For me it’s blogging/writing. But others may not wish to put it out in the world, and they should not be chastised for not having a blog, vlog, etc.
It is ABSOLUTELY a personal experience and process, whether or not the intended purpose is personal or professional.
So that is why I blog. I blog for me. And if I am able to share my journey as I learn, reflect and develop myself into a better person and professional with others, then that’s just the cherry on top. And perhaps someone will be able to get a new perspective, learn something, or knowing my writing a good chuckle every now and then 🙂
Until next time!
Peace, Love and Pandas!