One of the new blogs I am really enjoying, Erin of State That I Am In wrote this post this week, about why people “waste their time” on the internet. Believe you me, once your offline friends find out that you spend an inordinate amount of time online, writing, waxing poetic on a website and talking to people that live in a totally different timezone (or at least not within driving distance) there are a lot of questions, namely, “What’s the point?”
It got me thinking. What is my purpose here? Why do I spend my time, behind a screen, when I could be doing any number of things?
I blog because I love writing. I love telling my story, as boring, unoriginal or lame as it may be. I get a thrill when I see that someone has commented my post to say, “Yeah, me too!” I like it when I write something I’m proud of, and people respond to it—either to agree or disagree. I like emails from readers who want to share their stories. I am more of myself because I am able to share what I am really thinking, with people who don’t know me, and for those that do to understand me a little bit better. I like getting things off my chest, I like putting my two cents into the world, both good and bad. Blogging has enabled me to WRITE, daily, for others and to get responses. No, I’m not famous or even all that “popular” in the blog world, but the responses I do receive mean the world to me.
I waste my time because I like to read other people’s thoughts. I like knowing that I’m not alone. I like having new friends that I can email, G-Chat, Facebook, Skype and Tweet with. I like that there are people who I can turn to that understand exactly what I’m going through. I like laughing on a daily basis at the stories I read. I like that I read posts that make me cry and that infuriate me. I like the fact that my world view has been expanded because of reading about those of others.
So, while some my write off my blog as a dumb project or a silly waste of time, to me? It’s amazing. It’s friendship. It’s people I enjoy and value and treasure. It’s an outlet. It’s a voice. Even if I never end up blogging full-time (a dream, seriously!) or getting a book deal or anything else, it’s been a great experience.
And? There’s no way I’ll be quitting any time soon. Sorry, y’all.