So this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is “What I Love About Blogging” or “Top Ten Reasons I Blog.” (Uhh, “For the Love of Blogging” plus “Top Ten Tuesday” gives you a blog meme about what we love about blogging.)
As usual, do you THINK I can pick just one way to do this? No. Of course not. Because I’m too indecisive and not good with directions. Or something like that. So I’m combining both topic.
10. I love blogging because I’ve learned so many new techie things. Prior to reading blogs and writing a blog, I never would’ve known, or cared to know, what an RSS reader is. I never would’ve known the things I was able to share with you yesterday, partly because I wouldn’t have felt like I needed to know. But knowing those things? I can’t imagine not knowing those things now.
9. I love reading what other people have written. Reading and writing are kind of my things. So, it’s totally shocking that I love to read blogs, right? (No.) I love to read blogs. I love to read about other people and their lives. That seems voyeuristic, doesn’t it? I don’t mean it like that. I fall for the stories of the people whose blogs I read in the same way that I fall for a novel. I want to see them all be successful and triumph over their struggles. I read because it’s my way of offering support to them.
8. I love blogging because it scratches my itch for writing. I’m not the most creative person you’ll ever meet. Sure, I’m crafty, but I’m not creative. I’m way more at home with the analytical approach to everything, and that’s where writing comes in. I love to write. I love to share. I love to tell stories! Blogging allows me to do all of those things simultaneously.
7. I blog so I don’t get stale. I feel like it’s pretty easy to be out of touch with the universe in today’s world if you’re not online in some capacity. Some people are totally okay with that. Kudos to them. Truly. I am not okay with not knowing things. Blogging–reading, writing, sharing–is a fast way to share information with people.
6. I blog for therapy. I’ve said this before, but it wasn’t until I got real about my PPD/A and started writing about it that I felt any progress. Blogging is therapeutic for me. If I have a bad day, I can pound out my frustrations on the keyboard just to purge the negativity from my head. Does it last forever on the internet? Yes, but I think that’s a good thing. I can look back one day and say “Wow…look where I was…and look where I am!”
5. I blog to help others. There were times when I started getting real about the PPD/A that people said “We are living the same life” and “Wow…you just described me” and then they said “Thank you.” I feel compelled to keep writing because those women matter to me. Their lives, the lives of people I’ve never even met, matter to me. If I’m having a good day? I want them to know that their good days are coming.
4. I blog for comments. I know that sounds narcissistic. I don’t blog so people will give me Attagirls. I blog so people will have a conversation with me. People who know me in real life know that I’m a talker. I love to talk and meet people. In fact, my Mama says I’ve never met a stranger. Comments allows me to fill that need I have to converse with people. (My bloggy-goal for the year? Get better about commenting on people’s blogs.)
3. I blog for YOU. I love the community that’s sprung up around this blog and through Twitter. Almost every person who reads and interacts with me here has become someone I consider a friend. Does that sound weird? Maybe it does if you don’t have one of these friendships that I’m talking about. But if you do? You get it.
2. I blog to remember. This blog is my story. It’s my diary. My journal. It’s Joshua’s baby book. And his toddler book. And his everything book. At some point, I might reach a crossroads where he no longer wants me to write about him, and I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. The way I see it now? I’m telling OUR story. MY story. And he and Dan are part of both of those stories.
1. I blog for myself. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I wrote this blog when no one read it and Dan didn’t even know it existed. It was the way I processed my thoughts about my diagnosis with PCOS. I needed an outlet because it felt like there was no one I could talk to who understood. So? I talked to myself. And I’ll keep talking to myself if everyone stops reading. Because this? Blogging? Writing? Is something I’m passionate about. It fulfills me. So I do it for me.
Make sure to go check out Katie’s Top Ten and then write up your own list and link up with us in the blog hop! And since this is a hop, make sure you try to visit a few of the participating blogs and share some comment love with them!