Friday, January 27, 2006

Why do we blog?

Blogging has become a really big part of my life this year. I could say it is just for the writing, which brings me great joy and has been almost like therapy to me. But, it is not just that. It's the connecting with people all across the globe. It is going to someone's site and reading something that I could have written myself. Or reading a story that takes me away from my life and someplace else wonderful or, in some cases, very awful.

So, is it just an escape? Or, is there something missing in our lives that makes those of us who are active bloggers and blog commenters do this? Why must we reach out as we do to people we will most likely never meet personally. Is that a sign that something is wrong in our lives? Are we lonely? Are we hurting? Are we empty somehow?

This is what is on my mind tonight. These are questions I wonder about as I sit here. And, I'd love to hear your thoughts...


Blogger Lisa said...

I've only been blogging since October. It originally started out as an outlet for me to vent and try to get a little creative. It has been that, but its also turned into much more of a fun way to meet people as well. I've needed that.

12:04 AM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger CJ said...

I started blogging my running training in about July last year. Initially I was very skeptical about it all but now I'm hooked. I love enjoy communicating with other people with simialr interests around the world.

By the way, your blog makes for great reading - I enjoy it!

4:28 AM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger Erin said...

I blogged for my family first, just to keep everyone updated. Now, I blog for myself and for the wonrderful friends I have made. It is an escape. But it is also a time for conversation, socialization, and to see that my life isn't really all that different from anyone elses!

I don't know what I did before blogging!!

7:57 AM, January 28, 2006  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

I just started blogging after 6 years of online journaling elsewhere. I think I'm starting it up because it will connect me closer to people I already know. We are a military family who moves every 4 years. Somewhat estranged. But, with a blog ... connected?

11:27 AM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger daysgoby said...

I agree with your 'empty' comment - and I think it goes back to being harder to make friends as an adult. There are very few people my age where I live - but now I don't feel so alone, as I have lots of people to share things with. Blogging lets me tell a few stories and giggle with other people from all over.

How else would I meet people from Texas?

11:59 AM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger Suburban Turmoil said...

I started blogging just to discipline myself to write every day. I had no idea anyone would even read my blog! But now, I've met so many people with whom I've connected- like you! And that has been totally unexpected.

1:14 PM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger Moonface said...

I started blogging in August, out of loneliness, a need to interact with other women with children. I dont have any family living near me, and being a student, most of my friends are in their twenties, single and childless. While I enjoy their friendship, I needed to talk to and hear about the experiences of mommies, just so I can talk about my kids and not have people rolling their eyes.

2:05 PM, January 28, 2006  
Anonymous Angela said...

I certainly began blogging as a way to try to fill an emptiness. I left behind my closest friends and family and moved to a place where I knew no one and a year and a half later have still not found another person I've really connected to. It started out as a way to reconnect with friends who I felt myself drifting away from and has really opened my eyes to a whole new group of "friends" I didn't even know it was possible to have. I find myself talking about my internet friends to my real life friends, and they often ask me about regular commenters on my site. Blogging has kept me sane and kept me writing, and I'm so glad that we have this online world available to us, and the opportunity to "meet" people with whom we "click" without ever even having to meet! Awesome topic :)

7:45 PM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger Chrixean said...

I am an only child and I love having company and being able to interact with people. But I also like to keep with the people I enjoy being around, thus also limiting my interaction with a larger group. Blogging has enabled me to reach out to more people, without fear of judging or being judged, and gives me a chance to look beyond my world, my circumstances and my issues.

Thanks for being one of my favorite reads! :-)

9:17 PM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger Katrina said...

Good question. I haven't been at this very long, but I started blogging just to get started writing again. I liked that the format was low pressure, no deadlines, no self-editor in my head stopping the words before they began. I just wanted to stretch my muscles, and blogging provided an outlet for me to fight the inertia and really enjoy just putting words on paper (errr...screen?) for the fun of it.

9:47 PM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger Lisa said...

What a great topic MomCat!

I don't feel like I've been blogging very long. I started out writing an advice column for a private board and I just didn't feel like I had the space to say everything I wanted to say. In my mind, my blog would just be an extension for the moms on the private board to come and visit.

It's turned into so much more. I don't get many comments, but I get a several emails a day from people, and that adds to the feeling of community and that is what really gets me excited about blogging.

I really enjoy your blog. This is a daily read for me. Again - great topic!

9:59 PM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger Masked Mom said...

I started my blog as a sort of writing assignment for myself--but the connections with other bloggers have been the biggest (and most pleasant) surprise for me. I don't really think there is necessarily something missing in our lives (though maybe I'm just in denial about my seriously pathetic social life)--I think almost every blogger I read regularly seems like they're very involved in their real lives and, for the most part, well-adjusted--or at least maladjusted in some incredibly entertaining ways.

That said, I do think there's tremendous comfort in finding out that a lot of us share some of the same fears and experiences in our daily lives no matter how different those lives are from one another.

10:44 PM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger christina said...

Steph--you're right--we were on each other's wavelength last night! So interesting to read everyone's responses here. They kind of confirmed what I was trying to say: that finding community is easier without the face to face. What I'm curious about is why?

6:28 AM, January 29, 2006  
Blogger Tamara said...

All of these comments are so validating. I am so totally blown away by the whole bogging community. I just started blogging this month. I mean really, I had NO idea. I don't think it's an escape, but it seems like more of a way to connect. I am really looking forward to this.

8:35 PM, January 29, 2006  
Anonymous Nicole said...

I blog to write. But I also blog for community, so that even when I have nothing of substance to say (and I know that it will shock you that this is OFTEN) I still go visit my favorite sistas and see what they are doing and thinking and writing about. I don't have a lot of friends who live nearby. My blog keeps me connected to "real life" friends and family, but has also allowed me to connect with lots of amazing women I otherwise would have never known.

8:57 PM, January 29, 2006  
Blogger Shelli said...

I agree with you in the first paragraph. My reason for starting my blog were initially therapy and writing. I want to be a writer when I grow up :)! But I have found it to be such an excellent forum for connecting with others sometimes continents away. I find it fascinating. I think it also has a lot to do, for me at least, with the need for adult conversation as I have been a work at home mom for the past 6 years. This is all about to change for me, but I hope I don't lose the desire to remain a part of this community or the friends I have made while here.

4:26 AM, January 30, 2006  
Blogger Theresa said...

All of my friends are working moms, so I just hoped to meet moms like me. :)

8:37 AM, January 30, 2006  
Blogger Katherine said...

I just started in December. It was something I thought was cool and would give me a good outlet instead of keeping things inside. I was bored and lonely in a new town and I have to say I have quickly become addicted to blogging! I love to "meet" other bloggers and hear about their lives and it's so amazing when someone leaves a nice or thoughtful comment about something I wrote.

1:46 PM, January 30, 2006  
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