Q: Hi, I’m not trying to be rude by any means, but it seems to me that blogs are mostly self-centered in nature. Not yours in particular, but blogs in general. They (and Facebook statuses, twitter, etc.) are based on the premise that someone has something important to share that everyone else wants to hear. I think blogs in particular show this because they generally are a place to express your philosophy on the word. I’m not saying you are in this camp but my question is- why do you write a blog?
A: First off, I loved this question and secondly, I am entrenched in the camp of people who believe what they have to say should be shared. My blog is literally based off the idea that someone out there has a question they would like me to answer, and it sports photographs I had someone take of me specifically so I could look cool online. Please trust that I do not believe to be fooling anyone, I’m as self-centered as every other blogger/twitterer/Facebooker out here. It’s something we all have in common due to the vulnerable nature of writing, there needs to be a level of confidence before posting and often comes hand-in-hand with a pride in our own knowledge. All that being said, I do appreciate your respectful phrasing in asking your question.
So, why do I write a blog? I believe someday I want to be a writer. Not just a blogger, a writer. I have dreams and aspirations of a day when I truly will have original content meaningful enough to be shared with the masses in print. When that day comes I wish to have the skills already in place to write well. This is how blogging fits in, I currently do not have the time or energy to come up with said original content, but still need a platform to practice writing and to find topics people enjoy reading. All of this is in preparation of the day when lightning strikes and an idea is formed in my head that was not there previously.
A secondary reason for blogging would have to be due to my preferred communication style. I enjoy the written word because it allows me to view my thoughts before sharing them. It is easier to express my ideas on a topic when I can form the words around it and edit the piece until it says what I believe to be appropriate. Speaking can be a challenge to me because I believe the words we use carry weight and I never want to burden someone with unnecessary or thoughtless words. With the weight of the spoken word on the forefront of my mind, I appreciate the freedom I find in the written word. It allows for me to process and view and edit my words before I send them out which gives me more confidence in what I am saying.
Thirdly, and lastly, writing is more permanent. Spoken words can be forgotten at the drop of a hat, but a written word has the ability to be rediscovered. This blog is already a sort of time capsule of my thoughts and conviction on different topics such as the Word. This can be an extremely helpful tool as I grow and mature in all matters as it allows me to go back and see how and why I felt a certain way about a given topic. I reserve the right to change as I grow, but this blog will have these words regardless. There is a certain mix of comfort and uneasiness with the idea of permanence, comfort in they will always be available for further reflection, uneasiness because the written word carries just as much weight (if not more) as the spoken word. Inevitably I will place my proverbial foot in my mouth when blogging but the hope those times will be few and far between. I also hope those instances will be humble reminders to be careful with my words.
Thanks for the fabulous questions everybody! I know I have not been as diligent in blogging as promised, but I hope to turn it around and at least get one solid blog out per week and on lucky weeks two blogs. Please feel free to keep the questions coming, I could use some easy questions so I can continue to update my easy answer page if anyone out there is up for it. Thanks for reading, and for next week: Religiosity to Keep Up Appearances.