I recently told a friend about my blog and one of the first things he asked me was, why do you blog? I could not think of an answer, not a single one. Why do I blog? Is it really just to write? Because I can do that any where, in a paper journal or even in a word document. Do I blog for my readers? Not really, I mean I post about love and anxiety in the hopes that someone relates to it, but for the most part I post what I want to write about.
After thinking about this all weekend - literally, I haven't been able to get the thought out of my head I came up with a few different reasons.
- become a better writer, I'm not sure blogging has necessarily helped me become a better writer but it definitely has broaden my writing imagination. When I was in high school and early college, all I wrote about (in spiral notebooks and composition books) was love. I would write about the guys I'm dating, the guys I'm falling for and the guys that are breaking my heart. But now I cover any topic that literally comes to mind. Love, of course, family and friends, adventures in San Diego and traveling, how to's and diy's, rarely a recipe, and other topics.
- taught me to say "yes," blogging about my weekends and adventures give's me a reason to say yes more often when I'm invited places. Saying yes isn't just an excuse to prove to myself that I'm working through my anxiety, living my life to the fullest regardless of my anxiety. Saying yes has helped with one post a week about what I did over the weekend or outings with my friends.
- blogging friends, thanks to blogging I've made friends all over the country! Primarily Rachel from Jersey/Philly, Lindy from North Carolina, and Jordyn from Seattle - love these girls and their blogs.
- I genuinely like writing, I've written books and in journals since I was a kid. Blogging seems to have become the next step within my generation; instead of physical diaries with a lock and key, it's all about typing out what you have to say and using your voice.
- to document my life, I have a horrible memory. Half the time I can't remember what I wore last week to class and stress myself out hoping I'm not re-wearing an outfit, the other half I can't remember why I walked into a certain room for or if I'm scheduled to work the next day. Blogging about my life helps me remember all the moments I'd never want to forget.
There's so many reasons to love blogging (making money and building your writing self confidence are a couple more benefits) and there's tons of articles on why you should be a blogger - having a journal (public or private) is a healthy habit. For me, being able to get thoughts out of my head and placed somewhere gives me a chance to breathe considering my brain is in a none stop thought-motion-commotion!