This is gonna be a long one. I have some actual thoughts in this head of mine for once instead of just weird GIFs.
Something came up at book club this weekend. One of my blogger friends said something along the lines of “sometimes I wonder what the point of me blogging is.” This made me think- a lot. Mostly because I think about that from time to time-especially when I’m in a blogging rut. Seriously, why do I spend my time doing this?
I fought with the idea of starting a blog for few months before I actually took the plunge and decided to go for it. I thought blogging was for people who were narcissistic and just wanted another arena for people to listen to them talk. The idea of someone thinking that about me really didn’t sit well in my stomach. I don’t want people to view me as someone who’s all about ME ME ME because I’m not. My life pretty much revolves around my family and friends and Max- I tend to come last in my spectrum of what I care about (my eyebrows of course are excluded from this).
When I actually did start the blog all I cared about was how many readers I had. I spent so much time reading the bigger blogs that all I could think about was HOW DO I GET MORE READERS?! I spent hours studying blog posts that went over tips and strategies and how to up your readership and did everything in my power to follow each and every one. Did it work? Sorta- I definitely got some new readers but nowhere near what I wanted.
I’m not sure when my mindset changed but after blogging a while I never thought about how many readers I had. I just knew I loved interacting with the readers I actually did have. Why do I care about the number if I have awesome people who CHOOSE to continue to come to my blog and read it?
So that brings me back to what the point of me blogging is. For me personally, blogging is about connecting with people. Living so far from my family is really hard but I feel like the blog brings us closer. It brings my family into my daily life, my ramblings and gives them a sense of ‘she’s ok.’ To me, that’s reason enough to blog.
But I blog for so many other reasons.
-The Community- The Chicago blogging community is incredible. Never in a million years would I have thought I would meet some of my closest friends from this little website.
-I miss writing. My current job doesn’t have me writing much (at all really) which is totally fine but I need a place to write once in a while. I mean I clearly have tons of important things to say….
- I like making people laugh- I don’t know what I want to do with my life and sometimes I don’t even know what I’m passionate about. The one thing I do know is that making people smile and laugh is the one thing I’m good at and really love doing. Life is about joy, about happiness, and if I can make at least one person feel that, I’m over the moon happy.
Sure blogging is weird and people make instant judgments on people who blog. How many of you have gotten the “oh you have a blog…?” snap judgment? Just because you have a blog doesn’t make you a narcissist or some weirdo who basically has a creepy website online.
I may not be a big blogger but I honestly don’t know if I’d ever want to be one. What I can tell you however is that the quality of my readers rock and you guys are one of the biggest reasons why I continue to blog. I don’t care what the big bloggers are doing nor do I feel the need to do whatever it is their doing. I’m oober happy for their success but you do you, I’ll do me. It’s my blog after all- I pay for it, I write it, I spend a ridiculous amount of time on it. Blogging can be a lot like high school but it’s because we bloggers make it that way. I’m not in high school anymore and you could not pay me enough to go back.
So basically all this is me saying I blog because I choose to.
That’s all the nonsense I have for now!
**I hope this post didn’t rub anyone the wrong way/offend anyone. I totes didn’t mean for it to come out that way if it did.