Again this year, I am rising to the challenge issued by my friend Therese to participate in National Blog Posting Month and write every day in the month of November. Interestingly enough, when I went to the NaBloPoMo webpage today to download a badge and then upload it to my blog, I saw that the writing prompt for today was something to the effect of "What do you like about writing ?" Convenient, since I was going to post today on why I blog.
I remember fondly the day that this woman at the breastfeeding center mentioned something about "blogging" and asked if I read a particular blog. My thought was, predictably, "People write random stuff on the Internet and other people read it ?"
Over the months as I came to know Vickie both in real life and through her blog, I discovered this on-line community of bloggers. Reading the blogs of my friends helps me to get to know them in a way I wouldn't otherwise, and it helps me to make on-line friends that I would never have had the chance to meet in real life.
While I have blogged sporadically over the past 3 1/2 years, it remains a cathartic practice for me. Along with keeping my house tidy and having an organized calendar, blogging seems to be another thing that helps keep the cobwebs out of my mind. Everyone has different intended audiences for their blogs, and mine is close family and friends, along with everyone I DON'T know in the rest of the world. I keep my blog from family and friends whom I wouldn't trust to understand it, along with the neighbors and acquaintances in my real life whom I do not wish to share my deeper thoughts with.
My goal for this year's NaBloPoMo is to blog honestly and authentically. I had a situation recently where I read a stranger's blog post and it really resonated with me. I left a long comment that validated her experience and shared with her how her post had validated my thoughts on a particular issue. I came to find out through a IRL friend of mine who is an acquaintance of hers that this blogger is not at all like she represented herself on her blog. I was shocked, and I felt sort of betrayed by the blogger. Here I thought we had this connection, this shared experience, and I came to find out that she was either trying to paint a rosy picture of herself by blogging inauthentically OR she is incredibly UN self-aware. Either way, it affected me and I really want to be more honest in the things I say. I will still censor myself, but I'm not going to paint a rosy picture.
I think I've written about that before, that one of the things I love about my on-line community is the validation that comes from knowing that others have similar struggles and challenges. If we all paint rosy pictures, then there's not much to commiserate with.
So, here we are again. Thanks for the challenge Therese !
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