Why do you Blog?

So here’s the deal.  My friend Alycia from the stellar blog The Curious Pug did a post recently entitled “Why do you blog?”  And she challenged her readers to respond with their own reasons for blogging and well, here’s mine.
I started blogging a few years ago while I was still working for a commercial production house.   I had a lot of “down time” in my job so I started reading blogs to pass the long hours.  For a long time, I thought blogs were all like Perez Hilton or Go Fug Yourself– gossipy, celebrity based satirical sites–then I found this blog and everything changed.  I was hooked and absolutely astounded at how interesting it was to read about someone’s daily life, someone who had similar interests and views, someone who wasn’t a celebrity.  So I figured I’d try my hand at writing my own blog.  I think I was really just curious about the whole blog world– how does it work and could I be a part of it?  So I gave it a go. 
It took me a while to figure out 1.) what to write about and 2.) how to actually make my blog look decent. The writing came eventually, though this blog went through several different textures and tones before it ended up the way you see it now.  And the appearance came along in a similar, though slower way.  I learned (mostly from other blogger tutorials) how to edit my html and customize my settings.  I got better and better at editing photos and designing elements…I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn, but the process of figuring it out on my own has been a fun and rewarding one.  
So then, why do I continue to blog?  Now I definitely don’t have time to blog at work, nor am I able to make blogging my full-time job, but I still love blogging because of the community that comes with it.  It’s nice to have this as an outlet, a form of expression and a way to find people with similar values and interests—it’s a funny thing to admit, but I feel like nowadays I blog for my blog friends!  I like staying in touch this way and it’s also turned into a fabulous way to keep distant family in the loop with the boy and mine’s life!  
It’s been said before and it’s worth saying again, I’m not sure that non-bloggers really understand why we do this.  Why put your thoughts and feelings out there on the internet?  Why share your life with strangers?  And to a degree, that question is just as baffling to me.  But blogging helps me establish a nice little corner of the internet for myself and my friends.  It makes me happy, so as the song says, it can’t be that bad!  

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