This seems out of order – after making a pact with myself that I will blog for 365 days in 2015, I am now asking my self this question: “Why blog?” I know it should be the other way around – first determine my purpose before committing. Perhaps if I took the time to sit down and make an editorial list, or a schedule of blog posts, I would have seen this slight anomaly.
I don’t, however, make a blog post plan. I like the challenge of staring at the blank page of the WordPress Editor, and for some reason I choose to use the classic mode – the one that provides an “improved posting experience” still feels alien to me.
The question arose this morning after reading Barbara Mahany’s “About” page. A lovely blog by a retired feature writer, Mahany writes why she decided to blog, “as i have grown older, wiser, inhaling more deeply the rhythms of the natural world, the rhythms of my own heart and soul, i have discovered that perhaps my highest calling is to weave everyday grace and beauty into this world. for me, maybe for you, that begins on the homefront–in the way i shape the space in which i dwell, in the way i feed those i love, in the way i tend my gardens and, certainly, my relationships, my relationships with those i love most dearly and with those i merely pass by in the course of a day.”
What a wonderful purpose for a blog. My “About” page reads, “This blog is a chronicle of my journey into the amazing world of creative non-fiction writing. Through this site, I hope to share stories and lessons learned as I navigate my way through this dynamic genre.” It’s time now, one year and nine months after the birth of this blog to rethink this blog’s purpose. Yesterday I wrote that if it were not for the readers of this blog, I would have stopped blogging a long time ago. Now that was a surprise and it gives me reason to pause and reflect on why I blog.
Why do you blog?