When I tell people that I blog, (which as you can imagine if you know me at all, isn’t very many people), it’s often met with ‘Do you just write about yourself?’ or ‘What’s the point?’
Well, first of all, yeah I mostly do write about myself. Is that an issue?
But more importantly, I guess ‘What’s the point?’ is a good question.
I’m sure not everyone’s reasons for blogging are the same, but here are mine.
One reason is that I just love writing. I might not be any good at it, although I’d like to think I’m improving. But I just love the feeling of writing things down. I used to hate letting people read anything I’d written, I wouldn’t even want uni lecturers checking over parts of my assignments before handing them in. But I think I’m getting better at that. So letting people read what I write is a big step for me, and one which I think gives meaning to blogging.
As an introvert, I rarely share my feelings. I don’t talk about what’s going on with me, good or bad, even to the people closest to me. So, if you read my blog then you probably know me better than most of my friends and family. In real life if you asked me how my day was, I’d probably say it was fine, and then ask you lots of questions about your day, because I don’t really want to talk about myself. But, online, I’m pretty different. I still wouldn’t call myself an oversharer but it’s nice to be able to write about what’s going on with me, without actually having to do the real conversation part that goes with it.
Similarly to the above point, it’s just really cathartic to blog. I never thought that sharing my feelings through blog posts and twitter chats would lead to feeling a sense of calm over my life. If I’ve had a bad day I can pour my heart into writing something which i’m passionate about, even if it’s not the thing that’s been bothering me. It’s both a distraction and a way of reflecting and that’s not something I realised I needed until I started blogging.
Now for the cliché one. I started this blog with a ‘point.’ I wanted to help people, blah, blah blah. But really I just wanted somewhere to talk about mental health, to discuss the controversies about it, the taboos, the good, the bad, everything. And whilst I have done that to an extent, I’ve also found a lot of meaning in blogging for other aspects of my life.
When I started blogging, I wasn’t looking for an outlet. But, along the way I’ve found so many reasons for blogging, that I can’t help but feel a little put out when someone questions the ‘point’ of it. So next time someone asks you what the point of blogging is, tell them your reasons proudly and ask why they don’t have a website all about themselves? Because I think that’s pretty damn cool.
What are you reasons for blogging? Let me know in the comments!