Funny how once you start looking for blog hops you suddenly find a million? Well, I did. As advertised on the left, I will be participating in another one next week Monday as well. I didn't expect September to be such a busy month!
About this time last year I wrote a blog post about Why I Write. I remember feeling quite passionate about the subject and writing it rather fervently at the time too. It's a bit lengthy, so I skimmed a lot of it (I won't be offended if no one reads it, it's quite long, actually) but I found a lot of reasons of why I write still hold to be true:
- Keeping a journal is therapy. This was how I first started to write as a kid. I carried this over into the angsty teen years, and sort of had an estranged relationship with it during Uni. However, on any given really, awful, shitty day, I always returned to scribbling into a notebook and pouring my heart out. Not ever going to be published, unless my future grandchildren think it will be a get rich quick scheme, I have used those journals as a way to keep sane.
- To keep a sort of documentation of my life. Every family has a history, some more dramatic than others, and I think that the past 3 generations of my family is one of those interesting ones. My grandparents have lived through a lot and I think getting their story and wisdom down would be something priceless to pass onto the next generation.
- Communicating or having a voice. I feel like I have something to contribute to this world, and why should I feel any different? Writing and blogging are avenues for me to make myself heard and make the contributions. I'm quite grateful that it's easier today than it has been before.
- Connecting with people. Kind of related to number 3, communicating with people will hopefully allow me to connect with other people. Sure there will be a lot of people where you'll be like, "No way, totally can't relate" sort of like me not liking chocolate. But then, sometimes you come across a blog or a book and you're like "I totally know what you're talking about!" and you feel a little less lonely.
- Networking. Again, related to the previous point, and more specific to blogging, but this is why I love blogging. When I read the blogs of other published authors or fitness experts I feel like I have an online mentor with all the tips and tricks they post, or "how to" guides.