I don’t know how “skilled” I am at blogging, but I know it gives me great joy. I started blogging as a way to recover from PTSD. My goal was to spend a year looking for things to be grateful for. The more I looked for gratitude, the more I found.
The bonus has been that the “right” people enjoy reading my blogs. I am very grateful for the comments and interactions with others. I typically spend more time on reading other people’s blogs than on writing my own.
I learn about blogging and about how others think when I read blogs. I hope that my blogs come across as me expressing my truth. That is always my goal.
Dr. Tanya brings us her new styleBlogging Insights. Her quote today is from Margaret Atwood.
Dr. Tanya asks: Who do you write for? Yourself, your readers, or posterity? I would love to know.
I write for myself. I started writing on a blog for my mental health. I continued because I like the opportunity to use my brain. I wrote for a long time with no responses, no likes, no comments. It didn’t matter. I was getting healthy.
I write now because I really enjoy the community. I like to respond to prompts that make me think. I probably use them as a crutch in some ways. They are an automatic focus. When I have the time and energy, I really enjoy adding prompts from different blogs. Those stretch my blogging muscles.
I am thoroughly enjoying the Thursday blogging prompt Maggie and I are sharing. I appreciate the work that others put into their prompts much more now.
Who knows if down the road, I will feel differently. Right now, it is good for me, it brings me happiness, and I like my fellow bloggers.
Dr. Tanyahas a new format that has us respond to a quote of her choice. Today’s is:
I do not have a Twitter account, so that format is a mystery to me. The only thing I know about it, is that there is a limit to the characters. I agree that Facebook is like a phone call because you can reply back and forth for an extended period of time. IMHO blogging is a full conversation, but typically one sided. When/if someone responds to a blog, it rarely is of any great length.
Dr. Tanya over at Salted Caramel hostsBlogging Insights. She has decided to change things up a bit. In he new format, she will post a quote about blogging and our task is to respond to it. Today she gives us:
I think there are many people that are experts in a particular topic who put a great deal of time and effort into their blogs. In those cases, one might argue that it is indeed like rocket science.
Then there is me. I blog for the shear enjoyment of it. It is good for my mental health and emotional well being. There are times when I am going through too much physical or emotional pain to blog. I know that once I start again, I am doing better. It is not rocket science for me. It is me, being me and putting whatever I have into it.