I blog because I love being able to crystallize my ideas and feelings into words. It is exhilarating to see a blog-post finally take shape after much editing and rewriting. It feels like an accomplishment and it makes me happy.
I blog because I love the kick that I get when I finally hit publish after I manage to finish a post. Under normal circumstances (normal as in when I am not doing a blogathon ;-)), it is not very often that I hit publish–once a week is the best I have ever managed. This is due both to my perfectionism, wherein my drafts just have to see a certain amount of pruning and retouching until they look good enough to my eyes, and my habit of procrastination, which ensures that some drafts keep lying around for days and sometimes weeks before I get myself to open them.
And then like many bloggers I too have experienced the blogger’s block, or the ‘muse’ doing a vanishing act, so that one is simply unable to mould a post to one’s satisfaction–I suppose it may be likened to sports-persons losing ‘form’. It feels like a small victory when you’re able to get over the slump. On that note, I so admire bloggers who post frequently without losing form.
Blogging is not easy. It is tough to keep up to the standards you set for yourself . It is challenging–which is why it is such a joy to keep a blog going.
In addition, the written word is so much more liberating than the spoken word. You get more time to formulate your sentences when you write, so you get the satisfaction of expressing your thoughts more precisely and lucidly–and in my case with less inhibition as well. As a person I am an introvert. I don’t talk a lot–I much prefer to listen. It’s rare for me to get into a heated discussion vocally, but it is fairly common for me to get into long-drawn debates with people on facebook, for instance.
Having to type out your responses makes you shed your inhibitions a little, I think. In that sense, the written word is cathartic –and by extension, so is blogging.
But the best part of the blogging experience is that you get to interact with your readers who come to read you. A comment or a ‘like’ is a token of appreciation which is always valuable. It is humbling to be honoured with a reader’s time and effort. The comments also provide an insight into how the others perceive whatever you have written about–it can be enlightening.
I like to think of a blog as a magnet–over time it is sure to attract some like-minded people. Some magnets are strong and attract more, some not so much– but they’re all magnets nonetheless 🙂 It is good to have your own little magnet. Only in the blogosphere do you find so many like-minded people–it is one of the perks of being a part of the blogging world.