Why blog? Why write?

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Why write?  You might as well ask the addicted writer why breathe.  Writing is like breathing.  We are all born to communicate something.  We all have a life that is a potential memoir.  So what if most best selling published memoirs are written, or ghost written, by the celebrity or people who did something spectacular or infamous.  Goodness they are not the only ones I like to read. I do like inspiring ones. But is any life truly boring, if written well? Do I really need to know any more about Tiger?  I can’t see myself buying that one.  Although I’d say his is going to be a biography as he is so notoriously private.

Your life can be extraordinary when you write it.  You can see patterns you never saw before you began to write it all down.  You can make sense of all the crossroads you stood at and see the movie like moments.   Triumphs and lowpoints.  You can feel it all again as you write it, if you want to.  You can welcome or despise the memory, let it out, and let it go.  I once wrote that fiction however is so powerful because you can rewrite all the endings for your characters, but can we rewrite our endings in real life, even if we can’t rewrite the past.

There are some experiences I am glad I have never had, and hope to never have.  Watching based on real life telemovies where someone is catapulted into a situation that is unbearable, whether it be having a family member be a victim of crime, or been a victim of crime you just don’t want to go there, but you are so happy people get their justice.  Although that’s not completely true we may have more experience than we realise.  We have had someone try to break into our house, and at that moment I had so much fear – I couldn’t believe it.  I saw my life running by and exploding like a toad with a cricket bat about to connect with it.  It is not telemovie material but to me it was a significant event!  It taught me you are not safe anywhere, even in your own home, in a small country town.  The only true safety is in connection, friendship, and community.

At these moments of fear how often do we make promises to live life differently.  I don’t want to fear like that again.  I don’t want anyone else to fear like that.  Yet, every day I wake up watch the news and someone has been through that fear or much, much worse.

Fear is not a place to live life in.  It stops us from doing things we want to, just in case.  Just in case we experience something we don’t want to.  All the just in cases become like bars and we never venture forth to discover the new.

Recently a blogger I only really just began reading, Kathy, wrote about the secret life of bloggers. This made me think about the question of why people blog.  They shout out in the cyberspace.  They want their stories to matter.  Well some do.   Bloggers blog because it’s like breathing to them.  They chart their thoughts, stories, and things that just stand out in their day.  As Kathy says on her blog we may not know bloggers as well as we think as they pattern their experiences to become the multidimensional blog representation of it.  Over time we may come to know them better if we persevere.

Bloggers can share what delights them, disgusts them, enchants them – some publicise their projects, their successes, their self, some chart the blogosphere of others, seeking connection and reconnection, and a community to belong to.  Others meditate, reflect on their spiritual challenges and successes.  Although some keep this out of the public sphere, and they are entitled to some privacy.

Bloggers are as varied as the world.  But the ones I read why do I read them? This might help answer the question of why people read blogs, but brings me no closer to the answer of why keep a blog. I like bloggers who take on challenges like Sarah and her poem a day,  or set up photographic assignments like Views infinitum.  They inspire me with their writing or photographic projects, to take on my own challenges.  I love this sense of an arts community.

Many bloggers love photography.  A well placed photo brightens up a post, adds meaning to it, provides a visual snapshot into their lives or their creative thought.

So the question is – why stop blogging?  Maybe there is mild danger in blogging, in being so out there in writing.  You might not blog just in case something terrible happens to you.  However, that cuts one off from the amazing people you may meet out there, reading their blogs.  Blog with care – now that’s a better maxim.

And for all those who invent characters in their cyberworld, keep it to fiction, obvious fiction.  There is a line people shouldn’t cross in cyberspace – the line that imprisons, or disrespects others!  This line doesn’t just exist in the blogging world, it exists everywhere.

So many bloggers gather where we feel safety, enthusiasm, connection, support, and encouraged.  There is so much that can hurt people everyday, crush their spirit, take away there desire to share the power of their voice and story, their ability to see that in reality we are all extraordinary – for we breathe, speak, write and take the journey of life.

Why do you blog?  Why do you read blogs?  It is a  question that has too many answers for it is part of the tapestry of the blogosphere – big – varied – unanswerable in a few words.

(c) June Perkins all rights reserved.

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9 thoughts on “Why blog? Why write?

  1. Thanks so much for mentioning me. Your photographs inspire me every day and have opened up a whole new visual world for me that I didn’t even know existed. I think that is what many of us are looking for when we read blogs: inspiration, insight, and knowledge. When we blog we are often aspiring to do those same things for others. I agree, however, that there are as many reasons for reading and writing blogs as there are blogs.

    Sarah

  2. Why blog? Mmmmm….I think we blog to be heard, to enjoy that sense that there is someone out there who is listening, who takes the time to read your words, and then to respond, sharing thoughts and reflections. Mostly we writers are a lonely bunch. We work alone, and blogging is a way to come up for air, as it were. It’s like hanging a flag out to blow in the wind, and sometimes if we are lucky the prevailing wind will carry us and our words to a kindred spirit who perhaps shares some of our thoughts and feelings. Then together we can be a little less alone, for now anyway.

  3. June, so you have more than one blog? I like your topic…and thanks for mentioning my blog. Did I share this with you already or with someone else? I think a single person blogs for a number of reasons. On some days I blog for one reason; on another day it’s another reason. I wonder…would you continue to blog if no one read your words? That’s what I’m thinking about today? Would we blog just for ourselves or for random people passing through? Hmmm…more good food for thought.

  4. Kathy, Yes, I started out on blogger and I have a few blogs of my main one, but they have a different focus, some are for daily traditional diary blogging, and others are for poetry and art or a writer journal focus or sharing lesson plans. I link them together. Mostly I hang out at these two blogs, and at group blogs as well (which I love).

    So true Edith, I think people blog and facebook to be heard, and to know people are thinking of them. It is a way to cut the isolation, and writers although many love solitude to write in enjoy some connection to be inspired by and blogging makes it so easy.

    I think referrring ot other blogs we enjoy within the posts not just in the links seems to be something worth doing more on my blogs as I come to know the content and voice of the bloggers. I do like the ones who have something they feel passionate about saying and who write in a coherent way that I can follow and think about their argument structure, who have a goal that is on the way to being fulfilled – like Sarahs poetry challenge. Although I did find it hard to blog during nanowrimo as I wanted to concentrate on a fictional story.

    Subscription blogs? Do they work ? I think that may be a future topic to blog on.

  5. These are interesting ideas – sometimes I wonder why I blog – there are lots of reasons. Sometimes getting feedback really gives me a buzz and encourages me to continue writing. Sometimes I blog to keep track of my progress (as with my photography blog). Sometimes I blog to reach out to other people who share similar interests. Even though we can be oceans away knowing there are other people on the planet who think about the things I think about makes me feel less alone.

    I read blogs for all kinds of reasons too. For pleasure, to learn, to empathize, to get new ideas and inspiration and more.

  6. Yes, I certainly feel less alone with blogging, it was my lifeline when I moved to a small country town and didn’t know many people, but now happily some of my local friends read my blog and I love the way my blog encourages me to write almost everyday.

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