A while back, I was tagged by Shannon at Tales from the Fairy Blogmother write about 5 reasons why I blog. I thought that She Who Blogs would be the perfect place to talk about this—and to tag all my fellow She Who Bloggers to see what you have to say.
So here are five reasons why I blog:
1. For the writing practice. One of the reasons I started blogging was because I had been reading other blogs for a little while, and I was jealous. I, too, wanted a place to write whatever I wanted about the serious and the mundane, and actually have people read it and let me know how I was doing. Writing for myself is great, but what is a writer without a reader? There’s something very fulfilling about knowing I’ve touched someone with my words in some way, and I have blogging to thank.
2. For the personal connection. As much as I love living in southern Italy, life can get lonely. The Internet in general has allowed me to communicate with others at similar points in their lives, but the blog? I’ve “met” people from all over the world, finding things in common in the unlikeliest of places, and I’ve also been able to keep my family and friends updated on my life rather effortlessly. I’m so grateful to all who read and comment (especially comment!), as this personal connection makes blogging so much fun.
3. For other Italian descendants (and those interested in Italian culture). I know that I’m blessed to have the opportunity to return to my ancestors’ village and experience life very much as they did in many ways. I hope that through my blog, I can communicate with others who were always wondering why their families did this or that or who simply want to remember the good old days, so to speak. Also, for anyone who is interested in learning about past and present Italian culture, I hope to provide some answers—or at least thought-provoking questions.
4. For the sake of my sanity. I don’t write about stuff that’s too personal on my blog very often, but it does serve as a creative outlet—a place where I can think things through even metaphorically as I type. Everyone needs a creative outlet (at least one), and for me right now, that’s the blog. I still use my private journal for my most personal thoughts, but my blog provides a space for me to be silly, sassy, and basically just me—I think of it as my online playroom and everyone is invited to come and watch the show.
5. For the love of the game. I love blogging. There’s just no other way to say it. For a while, I resisted because I’m not much of a joiner in general, and I really don’t like doing something just because everyone is doing it (I’ve never seen many a blockbuster film under protest). But once I got over my stubbornness, I realized I was missing out on a great community, a wonderful opportunity to expand my circle of support as I make my way through life. And so I blog. And I couldn’t stop if I wanted to.
So, tell me ladies, why do you blog?