This week has been a relatively busy one for me, and it took quite a toll on my creativity and motivation for writing new blog posts. But then I stumbled across Jessica’s “Why I Started Blogging” post and was instantly inspired to reflect upon my own reasons for blogging and share them with you. I don’t know whether it’s being able to learn more about the blogger behind the blog or the opportunity to reflect upon your own situation, but something about this type of post was extremely intriguing, especially since it’s not something I see on the blogosphere often.
I think my reasons for blogging are threefold: nostalgia, creativity, and a sense of belonging.
First and foremost, I’m extremely sentimental, so virtually everything is of great value to me and must therefore be kept, recorded and/or displayed. Train tickets, coins, bottle caps – you name it, I have it. Consequently, I’m a huge hoarder too. But seeing as how I’m unable to maintain a diary or a scrapbook that would record my thoughts, ideas and experiences, blogging seemed like the next logical step; publishing it publicly also promised to ensure that I don’t simply abandon it for no reason. Also, and I cannot stress enough the importance of this point, it’s amazing to be able to move things around, edit photos or have the perfect font – if I messed up a word in a scrapbook or diary, there’s a high chance I’d have to throw the whole thing out… So this is just a tad easier.
Somewhat tied to the first reason for blogging was my need and desire for creativity. I used to be big on drawing and painting before I started moving around to temporary locations without the access to the space and materials I required. Blogging is in no way the same but it provides the motivation and the output for creativity in a much different way. It took a while for me to realise that painting was not the only creative activity I could do, and there are in fact so so many ways to be creative – blogging just happens to be one of them and I’m liking it more and more as I learn new tricks.
And last but by no means least, the desire to belong and build something that other people can take part in. The blogging community is a good ‘un and the possibilities to make friends, collab on projects, and share in each other’s success are endless! Belonging to this community has now become one of the biggest perks of blogging for me, and I’m sure many bloggers would agree with me on this point.
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