My friend Janice recently blogged about blogging; you can read it here. I love blogging too...who woulda thunk? I never felt compelled to write before, and never particularly enjoyed it in school. Maybe because I always had to write about things I couldn't have cared less about, like Shakespearean sonnets, or a comparison of South American and North American Indians (oops... Native Americans. When I was in school, they were still Indians.).
Blogging is creative expression with no strings attached. So many of the other creative things I do in life have deadlines or rules- especially if it's a "church" thing. Too many people to please! But with blogging, if I feel like writing, I write; if I don't, so what? My blogger friends are still happy to see me when I return.
I've heard other people critique bloggers, commenting on how "vain" it is to assume that other people would want to read your thoughts. How is that any different than publishing a book, a newspaper commentary, or a magazine article? I don't care to read Ellen Goodman's views on life, but I certainly don't dispute her right to publish them. So, I write. I probably have a readership of about 5 people or so, but that's ok. I write because I like it. And if you like it too, so much the better!
Blogging is part of my "margin" time. Are there more important things I could be doing? Probably. But so much of my life is hectic, spent running around doing things other people want me to do. This is something I enjoy, and something I think will have some lasting value. I like having a "journal" for my kids and a way to keep my friends and family updated on our lives without writing a dozen emails a week (which definitely wasn't happening during my pre-blog days!) I also like reading the inner musings of my friends; things we don't always get around to sharing with each other. I've had people tell me the same thing. In this high-tech world where we are almost always accessible but rarely available, we need to find ways to connect with each other. Blogging brings people together. And that's a good thing.