I am taking a Blogging 101 class through WordPress and the assignment today is for me to check out other Blogger 101 writer’s posts and to use one as inspiration for a post of my own.
I must say there are some majorly talented writers in the group, which makes me so happy to see! The post that I chose is The Tenacious, Courageous Writer by dsmcknight. Such a great read, exactly what I needed to hear today. It reminded me of why I blog and for whom I blog.
I know some bloggers aspire to have a huge following, or to someday make it a business to support themselves with. For me, blogging is about self-expression, letting the thoughts that I am so prone to bottle up inside out. When I am around groups of people I tend to listen to others more than speak. I can even feel drained when I spend too much time around others and not enough by myself winding down.
Blogging is a way for me to completely express myself, to do something for ME. For the most part, the readers of my posts are strangers. They don’t have any preconceived notions about what I would say or what I would do. They won’t judge me with the “I can’t believe you said that” or “I never would have guessed”…. I can just be free to say what I want.
Now don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong about wanting to be a famous blogger or to make a six figure salary by expressing yourself. If I ever get there I won’t complain a bit! I just don’t approach my blog having that as my focus. If you do then you are still doing it to make yourself happy, which is the way it is supposed to be!