Recently, I’ve been considering my own personal reasons for blogging. It’s a worthy topic to evaluate, especially since I’ve realized that my reasons for blogging are not quite the same as when I initially started this blogging business in the fall of 2013.
When I started blogging, I was looking for a way to express myself; to get everything in my mind out onto a page; to understand myself better and give myself confidence. While I was still using my first blog, I came to realize how important writing is for my mental health. So, blogging became a way for me to not only express myself, but also something akin to free counseling sessions with myself. Often times, when I’m feeling stressed or anxious, I’ll come into a post ready to pour out my feelings with absolutely no direction; only in the process of writing will a direction manifest itself. Usually, this process involves self-discoveries, a better understanding of my circumstances–both of which help in calming any stress or anxieties I might have.
If you put all that in a nutshell, my early attempts at blogging were entirely for myself. The thought of other people reading my work excited me, yes, but that wasn’t the main reason I started to blog.
This outlook of writing for myself remained true for me in the first couple months of What is Past is Prologue. I would occasionally share a post I was particularly proud of on Facebook so my friends and family could take a look at it, but I was most concerned with the way the writing on my blog was fulfilling my own needs.
Okay, well, I guess that hasn’t changed. I still write first and foremost for myself. The biggest difference then? Well, I discovered this beautiful WordPress community that exists of fellow bloggers who are both unbelievably talented and unbelievably supportive. Somewhere in mid-November, I began to realize that other people were reading my blog; I was gathering a small, but growing group of followers (this group is still very small and slowly growing); fellow bloggers were liking and occasionally commenting on my posts. I became curious (and, to be quite honest, hungry for more followers), so I checked out the work of these fellow bloggers. Through these bloggers, I found other bloggers. I started to comment on other people’s work; I started to engage in this community. I became interested in what other bloggers had to say and became invested in not just my own work, but in the work of others on WordPress. I began to realize how truly amazing people are in this community. The support and encouragement I have received from fellow bloggers is truly inspiring. I began to realize that this is a community I very much want to be a part of.
I’m no longer the starved baby blogger who is desperate for followers; yes, I still get excited when I see I have a new follower or two, but I also realize that only a handful of those followers will continually read my writing and even a smaller handful will continually take the time to comment and interact with me on my blog. While I admit I still get a small thrill when I see I have new followers, I have become much more interested in interacting with other bloggers in this amazing virtual community–getting to know them a little better through their work and the exchanges I have with them.
So, yes, I still very much write for myself when I blog. However, I also write to communicate with others. I have a small group of fellow bloggers who are now reading my blog on a regular basis, which I think is pretty amazing…like wow, people actually think I have interesting stuff to say! The first person I write for continues to be myself, but I also know that whatever I write will be read by others too. I also want to be an active member of the WordPress community because I truly believe it is such a wonderful and welcoming community.
I’m so glad I made the decision to join this community and I want to make the most of that!
I blog to write, yes, and I most certainly write for myself. However, I also write to communicate. Writing is a conversation, a conversation that takes place within myself, but also now, thanks to WordPress, with others too.