why do i blog?

Oct 1, 2006 | Life in Progress

i am always interested in staying connected to why i blog, what compelled me to start this blog in the first place, the etiquette of blogging, the weirdness of it, and what it generally means to me and its purpose in my life. i stumbled upon these questions over at this blog and wanted to answer them for myself. i changed some of the questions a bit, though, but you’ll get the gist.

1. Are you happy/satisfied with your blogs content and look?

yes, especially since boho uploaded my new banner. as for content, why yes i am. this is my life. just small little snippets here and there. i’m happy with my life, even on the rough days, so i suppose i’m happy with the content of this little ol’ blog.

2.Does your family know about your blog?

yes, yes, they do. i think it’s helped us all get to know one another a bit more. i do feel that my writing voice is a more authentic representation of me than my phone conversation voice (isn’t that funny how that works?). so yes, the family knows. sometimes i feel vulnerable writing here knowing that my family reads this, but allowing ourselves to be vulnerable, i’ve learned, is what allows the real connections to happen.

3. Do you feel embarrassed to let your friends know about your blog? Do you consider it a private thing?

my long time friends all know about it, but my new friends don’t usually know. i try not to advertise it, though it is a link on my website, and lord knows, i advertise that.

4.Did blogging cause any positive changes in your life?

definitely. i started this blog because i was so moved and inspired by my dear friend kat’s blog. i remember reading her blog last summer about her journey as a writer/producer/director of independent feature films. she chronicled (and still does) all the ups and downs of her life’s work. as i was deep into reading her blog one evening last summer, i found myself crying, thinking to myself “what inspires me? what is my life’s work?” so i started a blog of my own, in search of everything. and i do believe this blog helped lead me to my art. hands down, artmaking has been the most positive change in my life since meeting john.

5. Do you only open the blogs of those who comment on your blog or do you love to go discover more by yourself?

i like exploring and discovering, but i must admit that i put a time cap on my meandering around. otherwise, i’d never stop.

6.What does a visitor counter mean to you?

what does it mean to me? one thing: fun.

7. What don’t you like about blogging?

i don’t like the undertone of it being either clique-ish at times, or a popularity contest. i have struggled with this – i want to remain honest and sincere in this blog of mine. i don’t want to leave comments just so i get a comment in return. i don’t want a blog roll on my sidebar just because i want someone to add me to their sidebar. i don’t want this to feel like the 8th grade. so, i don’t have a blog roll anymore (except for those i know in real life). instead, i keep all my favorite blogs in my private bookmark folder and i only leave comments when i feel a connection to what has been written. this keeps it real for me. this keeps me out of 8th grade. i’m not saying that those who seek comments or keep blog rolls on their sidebar are in the 8th grade, i’m just saying this is what works for me. i know myself well and it helps me feel like i’m not hurting anyone’s feelings and in turn, my feelings are safe, too. am i being ridiculuous? maybe.

8. Admit it. Do you feel like there is a real benefit to blogging?

yes. what could be better than sharing inspiration? or meeting fellow bloggers who become real life friends? or rediscovering yourself through writing? or finding new art resources?

9. What do you think about criticism in blogs?

fortunately, the only criticism happening in my blog comes from myself. or maybe that should be “unfortunately”.

10.Do you fear some political blogs and avoid them?

i love it when i stumble upon a political post, especially alexandra’s recent posts. i get all feisty and want to participate. i have a lot to say about what’s going on in the world, even if i don’t usually post about current events.

11.What do you think will happen to your blog after you die?

i am known to be a fatalistic thinker, so i’ve already thought about this! just the other day i was wondering if i should leave my user name and password somewhere handy so that when i eventually die, john could write a post informing everyone that i’ve died and gone to my heaven.

Sending much love,

Show/Hide Comments (6 comments)
  1. dfh
  2. gina

    kelly- i am laughing, laughing, LAUGHING my head off at your answer to #11. BBBBAAAAAAHHHHHAAAAA!

  3. melba

    I did this meme too because I like the questions. They weren’t silly (some silly meme’s are fun, but I get a bit tired of them)
    I could relate to many of your answers. blogging is a great way to be inspired and inspire others.

  4. Teresa

    I appreciate your honesty, and I totally agree with you about the 8th grade feelings. I have found myself falling into that trap, and I don’t like that at all. You have said very eloquently exactly how I feel. It’s very important for all of us to be true to who we are. Great list Kelly!

  5. amystery

    this is a great list and I relate to it completely. I had to come out of the woodwork to let you know that I have been reading for awhile now and I love seeing what beautiful art you have created or what words you post. thanks.

  6. liz elayne

    thank you for sharing all of this here. i have been thinking about all of this lately since i have now been blogging for over a year. i agree with you (as you know).
    the 8th grade feelings about blogging are so real sometimes and i appreciate your truth.


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