I was actually inspired to write this post by Karen’s discussion (and the ensuing comments from other bloggers) @ Kissin Blue Karen about whether or not you’d keep blogging if no one read your blog.
It was interesting because it seems whether or not someone would continue their blog depends on why they blog, what they gain from it, etc. I for one would not keep blogging if no one read my blog, and it was while commenting that I realized the reason for that is because I don’t consider my blog to be a creative outlet. I do, however, consider it to be a social outlet. And thus, a discussion post was born. So let’s discuss!
I’ve always been a creative person. Since I was able to hold a pencil, I was drawing and writing poems and stories. Seriously, I once found a poem I had written when I was maybe 6 years old. I typed up a nearly 50 pages single spaced story when I was about 11. In elementary school we only had maybe one assignment a week in art class, but I’d literally fill up my entire sketchbook every nine-weeks. I have boxes full of artwork from when I was a kid that I just can’t bear to part with, even though they’re obviously terrible. Even though I don’t claim to be good a photographer, I have computers and hard drives full of photos. I have three giant posters in my bedroom at my parents’ house that I collage-ified the hell out of and hung on my wall when I went to college (they fell down like an hour later, but that’s beside the point). I’ve written poems for people as gifts, usually decorated and laminated or framed. I’ve scrapbooked in the past.
My point is, I didn’t start blogging because I needed a creative outlet. I’ve always had plenty of those.
But as I mentioned above, the biggest and most important aspect of my blog to me is that it’s a social outlet. I don’t know if that’s a thing, but I’m making it one if it isn’t. I love blogging because it gives me a way to interact with people, to share my opinions with them, to get their opinions in return, to chat, to tell my stories and hear theirs, to be social. I love waking up in the morning and seeing that I have 5 new comments on my blog, 3 emails with reply notifications for posts I commented on, and a mention on Twitter. I love getting to see what others have said in regards to my thoughts. I love having conversations about things I’m passionate about.
Even though I’m an introvert, I’m an outgoing introvert. I’m a social creature. I love discussing and conversing and debating and chatting. I love meeting and getting to know people, even if I’ll never be besties with everyone who visits my blog. But I don’t get to go out with friends and be around people as often as I would like, so this social aspect of my blog means a lot to me.
The other thing I love most about my blog is that I get to express my thoughts and opinions and likes and dislikes and whatever else I want, I get to do it all in my own way with my own voice, and people actually read it. I’m so full of thoughts and opinions about things that are important to me. So if I’m talking about something like feminism or disability, if my post is able to make even just one person start thinking about things in a new light, it makes me feel like I’m making a difference. I don’t know what you’d call that… an opinion outlet? An awareness outlet?
Anyway, even though there is creativity involved in blogging (designing our sites, coming up with post ideas, writing reviews, etc.), I consider my blog my social outlet, not my creative one. Obviously it can be and most likely is both for many people, but if I just feel like being creative, I prefer other methods. But when it comes to being social, my go-to is blogging 🙂