I wrote my first blog post in 2003, before “blog” was a household word. In less than eight years, now, I have written 1325 more posts, an average of three per week.
Nobody makes me blog. This is not really a job for me, it’s a passion. It’s something I do simply because I love it. I love the chance to play with words, connect with others and express myself. I have tried taking breaks, most recently over Christmas, and I discovered that blogging is now part of my life. If I don’t do it, I miss it.
I don’t blog with the idea that I will change the world. That would be way too much pressure. But I do understand blogging provides a platform. I feel some obligation to use it well, and to make it a positive force. So I write about issues that are important to me: living sustainably, eating locally, parenting consciously. It may not make great waves, but I hope it reaches other people where they are, and gives them something they can relate to.
These people are you, my readers. You are the reason I really blog. I have come to think of you as friends. I would write whether anyone read it or not. But I blog because I want people to read it. I want to be part of this online community. And I hope that maybe, just maybe, I can make a difference, in my own small way.
Do you blog? Why?
I was inspired to write this post for the Green Moms Carnival. It was a challenge to write about why I blog, and where in my heart my voice and passion comes from in 250 words or less. It was hard for me, as I am rarely succinct! I’d like to thank the fabulous Karen for extending the challenge. Visit her at Best of Mother Earth to read the other submissions.