why i love blogging

laptopI’ve already mentioned the reasons why blogging has helped me grow personally, but there are other reasons I love the blogosphere and am so glad I’ve joined it. And those reasons are: my fellow bloggers.

Fellow bloggers, one, know how difficult it is to come up with something witty, sharp, beautiful, transcendent, funny, raw, and real to say all the time. They know what it’s like to put yourself on the line and face potential criticism. And sometimes they know what it’s like to face actual criticism: sometimes on track, but often from people quicker to judge than understand and who find it all too easy to leave a thoughtless comment. And through it all these fellow bloggers are such a lovely, supportive community – at least the ones I’ve come across.

Moreover, they are so inspiring as people. Through blogs, I get a little window into other people’s lives, and I find it so wonderfully inspiring to see people not only put themselves out there, but also to display such creativity and verve and energy – all at a grassroots level. It’s through blogs that I discovered the wonder that is Etsy, the humor that is Badass Geek, The Bloggess, and Stephanie Klein; the artistry that is Kidnapped by Suburbia, An Apple A Day, and Cafe Cartolina; the food of Our Best Bites or Pioneer Woman; or the love that is I Should Be Folding Laundry and School Teacher By Day Superhero By Night. That’s not even a pinky full. That’s just the atom at the furthest tip of the iceberg of the wellspring of talent that is out there.

But just knowing that all these people are out there, caring for their communities (however that word might be circumscribed), collaborating on parenthood and raising the next generation, and getting out there and making their own unique imprint on the world, fills me with such joy and such pride for my fellow human beings. It gives me such hope to know that individual talent has not died; it does not belong only to the superstars that television haphazardly decides to elevate; it is not all mass-produced into oblivion; and you don’t have to go to a museum to find it. It’s all at your fingertips, and won’t you try it too?

Finally, it is comforting to know that we can reach across cities, across states…across continents, and find people going through the same trials and tribulations as we are, and that, for all our unique traits, voices, approaches, expressions, and peccadilloes, at least when it comes to the things that matter the most…we’re all not so very different, are we?

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6 thoughts on “why i love blogging

  1. I couldn't have said it better. Through blogging, I've met some really inspiring people, who challenge me to think outside of my self-imposed box.

    Also, I'm truly honored by the grouping of bloggers you paired me with. I cannot thank you enough for that boost to the ol' self esteem.

  2. Blogging to me is like peeking into other people's lives and getting a little glimpse of what can sometimes be the funny side that you love about a person, the emotional side (happy and sad) that maybe isn't shown IRL, and maybe even the deep dark side that hides most of the time and can only be revealed in the safety of the screen. I have learned so much about myself and others by reading blogs and writing them.

  3. As a beginning blogger, I'm constantly amazed by the examples others set and and thankful I have so many to learn from.

    Kirsten, I love how you say "maybe even the deep dark side that hides most of the time". Honestly, I love that part too. I love when people are being their true selves, and it is interesting that we feel safer with strangers than with people in the real world. If we can't have that kind of honesty in real life, at least we can find it here.

  4. What a beautiful post. I have been feeling so many of these things lately, and I've been rather absent because I tend to crawl into a hole when I have a lot on my mind and plate.

    But it's the friendships I have all over the internet and world that keep me going each day. My favorite part of the day is sitting down in the morning with my coffee and going through my Google reader and Flickr contacts.

    Before the internet, I think I felt like the only person in the world who deal with depression, because no one I knew in real life had issues with it. Once I started blogging, I realized that I'm not alone. And I was able to face it and deal with it.

    Today, I am completely honored and amazed that I am grouped in with some seriously amazing bloggers and photographers. Thank YOU for that. You have no idea how much I needed this right now.

    You are amazing, as well. I hope you know that.


  5. And this is why I love blogging so much. I'm so sorry to hear you went through difficult times, but am so happy you found others you could reach out to and that the community helped in your time of need.

    Morning coffee and Google reader time is also my favorite time of day. :) xoxo