I was asked a fabulous question the other day even though the person who asked me was actually being facetious. "Why do you blog?" they said. I don't think they were expecting me to answer but I couldn't resist. I could have spent hours telling them my reasons for blogging but instead I cut it short and simply said, "because I enjoy it." I thought that was a good enough reason. The person pulled a face and replied, "wouldn't you rather have a proper conversation than just write stuff down and hope someone reads it?" That was the moment I realised this person would never appreciate the art of blogging and would never know the joys of getting to know complete strangers from around the world. I went on to tell them about the immense support I receive through my blog, about the friends I have made, about the continuous urge I have to express my passion of writing through words that inspire others. A blank face stared back at me.
I dare say even this particular person could start a blog but I'm pretty sure they won't. Their reaction of "oh, that would bore me to tears" kind of convinced me. After they'd gone I sat and thought about my reasons for blogging. In the beginning, five years ago almost to the day, I wanted to make an impression on people, tempt them to read my posts and learn a little about the woman whose dream it was to become a published author. It took a while to accomplish that dream but as time took hold, my reasons to blog began to follow a different path. I discovered a new path that would lead me to a new world, and even I, the one with little confidence, was determined to see what lay at the end of that path.
I've been on a journey with my blog, but it hasn't just been the two of us. Along the way I've been joined by good, decent people who, like me, have a certain intensity for the blogging community. It is with all these people that I have something in common; we appreciate blogging, we enjoy it, embrace it and are enlightened by it. I don't think bloggers should need to explain why they blog other than tell the world it's something they enjoy doing, because if we didn't enjoy it, then surely we wouldn't do it. Why do you blog?