On one of my recent postings, I had an anonymous comment that said, “Keep posting stuff like this – I really like it.”
Such a simple comment – but one that actually gave me pause and made me think…
….why do I blog?
Do I blog for YOU, my dear readers?
Do I blog because I’m on a quest to impress all of my dear readers with how witty and urbane and clever I am?
Do I blog because I want to entertain all of my dear readers with funny and comedic adventures that will leave you laughing until you cry and beg for more?
Do I blog because I want to inform and educate all of my dear readers with information and advice – especially with regards to disasters and mission trips and traveling and parenting and volunteering?
….why do I blog?
Or, do I blog for MYSELF, the Drama Queen?
Do I blog because I want to capture my feelings and thoughts and adventures, such as a diary, only in this case my diary is not being kept under lock and key and hidden – but is out there, exposed, for all of the world to see and criticize and critique?
If I’m blogging to impress you – then my stories will become very grandiose and overblown – and that’s not who I am….
If I am blogging to entertain you – then I feel that my blog will become a caricature of myself – and it will become very fictionalized. I could eventually resort to “making stuff up” just so I could get the laugh – and THAT’s certainly not who I am...
If I’m blogging to inform & educate you - my stories will become far and few between, because frankly? Who am I kidding? What am I an “expert” on that would keep people coming back for advice?
So – why do I blog?
I guess it’s a combination of the above….
…there are days I want to impress; other days when I want to entertain; and other days when I want to inform.
There are days when I’m recounting adventures from the past…that’s the entertainer in me.
There are days I’m reflecting…some days, things just don’t make sense, and I’m trying to sort it all out…that’s the thinker in me.
There are days when I’m ranting and raving and bitching and complaining…that’s the Drama Queen in me.
There are days when I’m preaching…I guess that’s the parent in me.
There are days when I’m educating…and that’s the teacher in me.
If I only blog to satiate and satisfy my readers – gearing all of my posts to give you what YOU want – and not what is “me” – I fear the honesty of my blog will be compromised. And I don’t want that to happen. It will cease to be a true representation of ME – the clown, the thinker, the Queen, the mom, the teacher.
So…my blog will continue to be what feels right for me – regardless if it is what my readers “want” from me. Some days, you will like what I write – and other days, you won’t. And that’s okay. If you don’t like what I write about today – tell me – and then come back tomorrow to see if it’s more to your liking. But – don’t expect the same stuff every day.
That’s just not me.
So, tell me - if you blog, why? Why do you blog? For you? Or for your audience?
I'm just curious....