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Reflections on Blogging

Today my New Yorker cartoon is of a man sitting with his laptop in a chair while his wife, who is stretched out on the couch with a book, glares at him. The caption says, “Do I need to remind you that I have a huge Internet folloing?”

Being that the one year “blog-a-versary” of this blog is less than a month away, I decided to take a break from my discussions of open relationships and gender roles to do a personal entry on blogging this past year and what it has meant for me to blog.

This is not my first blog. I’ve tried blogging before but I blogged sparsely, usually about nothing, and could go years between entries. So why did I try again, and why did it take?

Why I blog:
…because I wanted other people’s perspectives. I don’t have a group of girlfriends that I hear from on a regular basis, with whom I can share my life with, debate something with, or share similar experiences and how we got through it.
…to have someone listen who wants to. Nobody forces any of you to read this (except, my RL friends, me). Ypu don’t have to respond. But you do. There are people in the world who care what I say!
…because this is what writer’s do now. Self-promotion. I do it. Agents and publisher’s want you to have a following already established before your deal and they like to build on the ground swell. This is part of my amateurish plan for writing world domination (as soon as I clear out all the typos!).
…because writing is my release, my gift, and my voice. In real life (IRL), I am mousy. I am not this assertive. I’m not gorgeous or confident. I’m only occasionally funny or witty in person.You really have to be around a while to know how fun I am. Not so with blogging. I can take my time, choose my words, erase things I don’t want to say before anyone reads it. I can be assertive, sarcastic, funny, intellectual, sad, whiny, and PMSing.

My readership has grown from one friend to ten known readers and at least five regular commenters.I had a high of ten comments on the Open Relationships entry. I am not even a blip on the internet radar, but I am enjoying myself, and growing through this tiny corner of the internet world.

I am 2blu2btru, and I write a blog. I write about the ships we sail on in life (relationships, friendships, hardships) and the ports we take shelter in (God, love, family, friends) when storms (money, break ups, work, life) blow. I blog about things I love (movies, TV) and things I struggle with (finding my fitness passion. Who are you, why do you read me, and why do you blog?

6 thoughts on “Reflections on Blogging

  1. I’m at a different point in my personal life than you are at the moment (i.e., husband and kids), but my life has struggles, like yours; we have that in common. I read your blog because I like to find out what topic you’re tossing out for debate and your opinions on them.

    I started my own blog to put my own writing perspective out there and ‘meet’ others in the same position (aspiring authors). I don’t have a huge following either, but in the process, I’ve encountered some great online friends that regularly visit my blog; a kind of support group, if you will.

  2. i read your blog everyday…I don’t comment because i am just not that deep but I love your opinions and comments. you are what the old folks would call “a wise old sage”. your topics and comments just make sense to me. i really enjoy your blog.

    1. Aww, thank you so much! I’m sure you have something to add to the topics–go ahead and comment. As long as it’s a respectful and genuine comment, it’s welcome here! 😀

  3. Well, I’m Emily (: Hehe. I blog because it’s fun. I like journaling, but I never keep up on it, and with it online, I keep up on it more. Plus, I can include fun things like videos and links and stuff like that. (My blog is on livejournal, though.) It’s just fun for me. I don’t really blog about set topics, though, which I think is a really cool thing you do. It might be something I start (: Maybe. It seems like it takes a lot of dedication! haha.

    And, even though we have differing ideas on some things (I’m not religious), I still find your blog enjoyable (: It’s real, which is a breath a fresh air. You talk about your problems, your good days and bad, and that’s awesome (:

  4. I appreciate this entry because I can relate. I blog because I need someone to listen, someone to understand, someone to explore the goings on of my mind. So I figure, whatever I am unable to express verbally is probably much better said in written work (or, in my case, some other artistic medium). I love to write and because of that there’re always things going on in my mind…who would’ve thought there was someone else out there that gets it!

    Thanks for the post, honestly.

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