B L O G G I N G
So why are we all blogging? Why are nearly 2000 of us taking part in this April challenge? And what has prompted nearly 350 million people worldwide to set up blogs and write? None of us would even come close to clicking on each and every one of those blogs in our lifetimes and peek at what our fellow bloggers are posting.
But that doesn't deter any of us does it.... no...
Because inside all of us is a story which needs to be told. And it doesn't matter whether the audience is 3 or 35 or 350 or 350 million, the point is that as human beings we have this deep seated need to be heard and in the chaos of today's world where it is so easy for our voices to be drowned out by the everyday noise of life we resort to the next best thing, we write.
Why do I blog?
For me it is a constant source of therapy. I write to make sense of my world. These words may seem arbitrary to you but to me they fit into a large puzzle that is my life and I use them to help decode my path. Words help me make sense of what is happening in my head. I can so easily get caught up in the negativity of my thoughts, crushing my soul and putting myself down. Writing helps me shift that imbalance. It reminds me to rather find the positive and look with gratitude for what uplifts my soul.
As bloggers / writers we all secretly wish we had hordes of followers and woke up to streams of comments on our blog posts each day and that we were published and recognised. Yes some are lucky and do have that and they are able to make both positive and negative impacts on the world. The vast majority of us will never have that recognition but it's okay because I firmly believe that if you can't help 100 then help 1 and if my words achieve even that then I am happy.
Like with my photography, blogging is a personal journey. I share my words with others as perhaps they may benefit from parts of my story and it could help them on their journey. But even if I don't I will continue to write. It is a legacy I am leaving to my children and future generations. It is my history. Even if you are not a writer perhaps you should think about jotting down a few words for future generations to look back at... how I wish I had that of my grandparents, just an account of an ordinary day, likes and dislikes. Nothing fancy, just a few words. An insight into their lives.
And that is why we blog. We are giving others a little peek into our lives. The hidden nuances of what makes us, us. Some days it may be funny, other days serious. Some days we may even be speechless but each time we put words on the page we imprinting a little piece of ourselves into history.
So keep blogging people. 350 million stories is just a drop in the ocean on this beautiful planet we call home.