Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Why Do We Blog?

This is something that's been on my mind for the past few days after talking to a friend. So much so I gave up and wrote a post about it. The question might seem simple but really it isn't. What normally goes along with this question is the question of "Do you blog for yourself, or for others?" and while most people will say they blog for themselves, I feel like it is impossible to blog purely for yourself. Everyone blogs in part for others.

The main reason I blog is quite simple; loneliness. By blogging I belong, I am part of a group. I enter into the lives of many individuals and they enter into mine. I praise and am praised. I help and in return I am helped. I listen and offer advice when I can, and when I feel like opening up myself you guys are there for me. I get some validation of my abilities, I discover new things about myself. I meet new people and I get to know them over the course of time.

I've made some really good friends through blogging, and I'd like to think I've been there for the tough times of some people and helped see them through. You guys have helped push me and give me the confidence to do things and I feel validated. I have someone to share my writing with, I have someone to tell me that I'm not half bad at it.

If we were writing purely for ourselves then there wouldn't even be a need to have a blog. You could just keep a journal, or just write anyway. If I didn't have a blog I would probably write more fiction. It's also true though that if I never started a blog I wouldn't have even begun writing. It's hard to deny that getting few comments or views makes me feel bad. I put effort into what I write, I put effort into keeping up with the blogs of other people, and so it feels like a wasted effort if nothing really comes from it. I don't think there's anything wrong with people feeling like they want more for their blog, for themselves.

People come in to this thing for a lot of reasons, and the ones who stay longest are the ones who do it for other people, as well as themselves. When someone reads what you've written, it makes you feel good and makes you want to keep writing. At least, it does if you're as attention and affection starved as me. So remember that there's nothing wrong with blogging for other people, you're being who you are, a blogger. Someone who wants to share something with people.

You can't exactly share something with people if there's no one to take what you have to offer.

14 comments:

  1. I definitely blog for others as well as myself. I want people to read what i write and enjoy it.. if I was just blogging for myself I wouldn't care if no-one read a word I wrote down. I also blog for my career, I'm a wannabe writer and I currently work in social media so the whole thing goes hand in hand!

    Really like this post, it's good to read about why other people do this sometimes xx

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  2. I agree with you Mark. We definitely write for other people which is why it can be annoying when we don't get enough of a response. Great post man, it's awesome to hear your reasons for what you do although slightly odd that I share almost the exact same motives.

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  3. Lovely post here, rather inspirational as well. It just has this official, powerful feel about it, yet it's so smooth.
    I'm not making sense, but neither are you. We're Blogonauts, not bloggers, you silly. ;D

    I like to deny getting only one or two comments (yours) on a blog post makes me feel bad, but eh, it does kind of suck a little bit. So yeah, I'm not just writing for myself because I enjoy it, I'm writing for others as well. To teach them, tell them, inspire them.
    Dude you're like the oracle of truth here.

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  4. I can't believe anyone would blog just for themselves though I suppose anything is possible. I certainly want people to read my blog, though I try not to get my hopes up too high about that. I don't really know of any better way to reach out to people, so that's mainly why I blog. So basically, my blog is a cry for help!

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  5. My goal is to make people laugh. I can express my sense of humor better through blogging than making jokes in real life. I feel less judged through blogging. Plus you meet some great folks through blogging.

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  6. I began blogging for me. I was told by a counselor to journal so I journaled and I turned to the internet for help with what I was going through at the time and when I couldn't find it, I thought hmmm, why not put what I'm going through out there...then I began blogging for others. Before I knew it, two people were following me and they were helping me not the other way around. Those two women got me through some really rough times and for a few months they were my only followers and slowly more people followed me and a little community formed and we were all helping each other. My blog grew and I began to heal and move away from what I started it as...it was no longer a real "journal" type blog and then two people became hateful and stalked me and I had to shut it down and start the one you know....but, that's *my* blogging deal. I started as one thing and ended as another...

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  7. I do it to share the part of myself that is creative with people and like you said, it needs to be shared as that's part of it's purpose. I don't blog a whole lot about myself and I rarely speak privately to other bloggers as I'm not someone who likes to get close to very many people. I know people mainly through comments, but do feel like I've come to know them and have genuine affection for them. With the exception of a handful of people, the folks on blogger are a great bunch. Like you, I blog for myself and for others and validation is part of that.

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  8. I like this. I never really thought about it, but you are right on!

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  9. I attempt to write comedy bits that makes people laugh. There's no sense in me writing jokes for my own entertainment. Also, is good to get feedback on my writing so I know where I can improve and such. I suppose that's the reason I joined blogging. To find a voice in writing I'm presuming. It's also a great community full of talented and friendly writers.

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  10. I've been asking myself the same question for the last month or two and still can't answer the question, things may come to an end soon.

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  11. I blog to keep my writing skills up to par since I've finished school and potentially use some of my posts as examples for finding work. Plus it's kind of fun. ha. you know.

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  12. This is a tough issue no blogger can escape. Honestly, I went through a period in which I thirsted for more readers and followers, but now, I mostly write for me and for the few consistent readers I have. What I like most about my personal blog is when strangers randomly stumble upon it; they get to catch a glimpse of some small person in Texas.

    My sandwich blog (which I haven't updated in such a looooong time) is purely for entertainment and "food" for thought. Definitely a chance for me to use my more creative writing skills within a defined set of rules. :)

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  13. You just put my feelings into words. The thought of just blogging for myself frightens me. I've tried that and I'm notorious for putting it off. The emptiness the commentless and low viewed post gives me is balanced by those posts that are received with a better reception.

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  14. To blog or not to blog, that is the question

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