5.6.09

Blogging is self obsessed drivel

Isn’t that true? Aren’t all blogs just boring, self obsessed droning? And what about Twitter? Who cares about your lunch habits or what music you’re listening to? Why bother?


These are issues that I have been thinking about in the last few days. Why do I write my blog and what is the point? Doesn’t it just make me completely self obsessed to write something for the public domain, that complete strangers can log into?


It made me question the reason I started my blog in the first place, and in order to marshal my thoughts I wrote them down…


1. Blogging is a great way to keep in contact with friends and family that are scattered far and wide. This shouldn’t be an excuse not to keep in proper contact with people, but even with people I phone every week there are always going to be some experiences you forget to pass on or that are just funnier told straight after they happen, and of course there are photos to share.


It also helps me to remember what’s happened in my life as it’s easy for the weeks to blur into one and to forget funny moments, or how I was feeling at a certain time. I like the idea of keeping a diary but, to be frank, I’m too lazy. If I can kill two birds with one stone and keep in contact with others too then it provides inspiration to keep going.


2. I really appreciate the online community I have found via blogging. The whole reason I began reading blogs was because I was getting interested in simple green living but everyone I knew in ‘real life’ didn’t care about it at all. I was feeling frustrated that no one seemed to care about the environment and suddenly I stumbled across a community of people who thought the same way I did. I guess I started my blog as a way of becoming part of that community. It’s difficult to comment on blogs and get a decent rapport going with people who are bearing their lives online if they know nothing about you in return.


It’s surprising the number of times I have started following a blog just because I ‘click’ with their style of writing only to find later down the line that we have something majorly in common, whether that be faith, hobbies or even that we live in the same area – just like real friendships develop.


I know some people think it’s weird, (I thought it was weird 2 years ago) that people could develop friendships online with people they have never met, but that is exactly what happens with blogging. I am in touch with people from America, Canada, Australia, Spain and the UK that I never would have been if I hadn’t started blogging.


So, if you read this blog can I encourage you again to COMMENT! Family and friends…I know you read so comment will you! And people that I have never met, COMMENT! I don’t bite and I love to hear from new people around the world, whether you agree with what I’m saying or not. And…if I know you’re reading I might even do a giveaway.


And what about the people who feel that blogging is self obsessed and are offended by having to read our daily droning? Well, on behalf of all blog users I would like to apologise for strapping you down, forcing your eyes open and making you read about what I had for breakfast.

8 comments:

  1. I think blogging is a great way to 'meet' new friends and I love reading so many of them!

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  2. I often think about the self obsessed nature of blogging, then I think 'Hey, people watch Big Brother and EastEnders'. A least blogs like yours are genuine and have intellectual/human value. I haven't got to the stage with blogging in interacting with those I don't know. I just assume that no-one wants to hear what I think about what they wrote.

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  3. Well, whatever the reason for blogging, I'm glad you do it---I've so enjoyed having a friend in the UK! Makes me feel fancy! Keep it up, would ya?

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  4. You keep blogging and I'll keep blogging - otherwise we might actually have to talk to each other to know what's going on with each other!

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  5. I love this post. I am actually thinking about that right now too. Am I becoming too self-obsessed? is it ok to just talk about me? Thanks for commenting on my post, and for writing this one!

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  6. I love your blog! It's so sincere!! It's just great!! Keep it up!

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  7. should have added the link

    http://moth1984.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/why-i-write/

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  8. Hi there.. you don't know me, but I wrote a (kind of) poem on a very similar topic last night.. please feel free to check it out and comment on what you think!

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