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Why Do We Blog?

In this day and age, blogging has been transformed from a simple journaling tool to a serious, well-respected occupation. But why did people blog in the first place? Why on earth would you want to tell the world what you think about solid wood desks, for instance, and the best place to buy them? Why do we blog? Here are a couple of reasons why.

Why do we blog?

Feelings of Accomplishment

Firstly, people blog because it brings a feeling of self-accomplishment. Whether your passion is Shaker Furniture, a political movement, or puppies, you can create express your views. Everyone wants their voice to be heard, and blogging is one way you can easily do that.

Instant Therapy

Secondly, it’s therapeutic to write something and publish it for the world to see, instantly.  Never in history have we been so used to immediate results. If you write a long, heartfelt post about something that matters to you, whether it’s Shaker Furniture, a political movement, or puppies, and someone writes back in a I-hear-ya tone, it makes you feel better quickly and easily.

It could be argued that this is what friends and family are for, and that they too could give you instantaneous therapy. Well, yes and no. Family and friends are there to listen, but they also have views and opinions about you that may skew their advice. More often than not, people need someone to not judge them and give objective advice, which is why many seek therapists, which can cost a lot of money. But in the blogging world, strangers can sometimes give objective, nonjudgmental advice as well. What better way to have complete strangers tell you something, and not even have to meet you?

Because We Live In A Lonely World

I recently read an interesting article that got me thinking. It was titled ‘Is Facebook making us lonelier?’ It talked about the paradox of us living in an increasingly connected world – with social media making its way deep into our lives – and us becoming all the more lonely for it. And it’s true. You can now connect, if that’s the word, with your friends sitting at home, alone, from the privacy of your room. Except ironically, friendships are not about being alone, and yet, that’s what we’ve become. Alone.

This is why blogging, more than social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, is probably a better way to stay sane. When you blog, as opposed to when you put up a status update, you are probably more true to yourself.

Faceless is better than Facebook

There is one fundamental reason why blogging is therapeutic – it allows you to be faceless. If you don’t have to worry about an image (which, unfortunately, is what a lot of social-networking is about) and wondering what people would say, you can be a lot more honest. And if you’re honest, you’ll feel a lot better about yourself.  Blogging is extremely liberating and you will find that when you write something from your heart, you will get an audience.

This guest post was written by Carly, who works at Amish Outlet Store and loves to blog in her free time.

Discussion

2 Responses to “Why Do We Blog?”

  1. Hi Carly,
    IMHO we should set goals before we start blogging. Without it, blogging will be only “waste of time”, even if we “blog for pleasure”. And of course we should have readers – without them we can lost a will to blogging ;)
    Chris

    Posted by Chris | September 4, 2012, 2:28 am

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