Thursday, March 7, 2013

Is blogging selfish?

I've struggled with this question for awhile. Is blogging selfish? I mean, its a whole web space dedicated to myself. Sounds pretty selfish, right?
this picture is relevant because it has me in it.
Regardless of the me factor, I think there are some really interesting things that are gained from being a blogger.

I don't think of blogging as a diary. Instead, the blog is my medium of communication.  To you. And to future generations; my children. I think its neat if my great great granddaughter looked me up one day and giggled.

I love "meeting" new people, making new friends, and I absolutely love the ladies I have met just through blogging. Like Rachel and Deanna and This Girl. You guys make me laugh. Deanna's birth story that she e-mailed me even made me cry! I feel like I know Deanna and Rachel, like we are real friends. I tell my husband about things they write, and for a while he thought they were actual people I hung out with.  O.o *cue awkwardness* tee hee.
group picture! Deanna is wearing a gnome hat and Rachel a flower clip
I try not to think of my blog as selfish. I try to think of it as a way to make friends and meet people, and share my life with them. I learn so much from blogs and I want others to learn from me, so they don't make the same mistakes I do!

I also, of course, use my blog for marketing purposes for my amazing rainbow sunshine Etsy shop that saves kittens.

How do you think of blogging? Why do you blog?


Rachel said...

Of course I would be wearing a flower clip! I learned long ago that it's the #1 way to make people know that I was a girl without having to ask. :)
And I blog because of the whole writing thing. If I wasn't blogging, I'd be writing random documents on my computer all the time, and it's just a little more fun to do that when other people can actually read what I write! It's a really great way to record all the stories of life, too.

deanna@delirious-rhapsody said...

i've always recorded my thoughts, all the way from childhood. and i have been online journaling in some form since i was fifteen. first it was opendiary, then livejournal, (the first two were 'friends only.') and just over the past two years i have moved to blogger. i view my blog as a scrapbook, and hopefully my kids will want to read my thoughts and look at our pictures when they get bigger.

if i didn't blog, i would probably talk to myself even more than i normally do.

can rachel also be holding her mannequin head with crazy rollers in our group shot? please? pretty please?

and thanks for saying such sweet things! i mention my blogger friends too. i think it's a blogger thing. :)

Paulina @ Color Me Brave said...

I don't think its selfish at all. Like you said someday your great-grand child who might not remember you or something would be able to just look at your blog and get to see this whole side of herself of where she could come from. I know one reason I blog is because two years ago I got into looking into the family tree and what not and my great grandfather had saved all this stuff from the family and I felt like I got to learn a whole piece of them I never knew about them or my family and thought it was so neat. That it would be great to have my future family have my blog to look at.

Eatlovemerry said...

I love blogging because it allows me to share my thoughts, meet new people and everything else.

Shawna said...

I don't see it as selfish at all! You are blogging about your journey in life! and I love that you choose to share those little bits of your life with us, like your wedding, your decision to work from home and your hate for leggings as pants. Out of all the people I have met through blogging you are the one that I could picture actually hanging out with, having real conversations and silly moments!

I blog for the same reasons as you! I want my grandkids to look back and think "holy moly, grandma was just as crazy at 25 as she is now!"

love ya girly!!

<3 This Girl

Emily said...

I think everyone ought to dedicate something for themselves. Blogging is just a hobby. But the thing that sets it apart from most hobbies is that it's a community, and bloggers tend to be really nice to each other. You're absolutely right, it's about making friends.

May the force be with you.