Why I Write. Why I Blog.

Last night I received a comment on my blog that really made me think.

The comment was in reply to my ‘Dear Rebecca’ post, and read:

I understand your frustration, but this seems a little over the top.

The comment threw me off at first. Had I overreacted? Was I wrong for writing about my feelings and posting them on my blog for all to see?

Of course not.

As I wrote my reply to the commenter, and read the supportive replies left by others, I started to realize more and more that this is my blog. Just as it’s my right to be silly and talk about camping out in bagel shops, it is also my right to share my raw, honest emotions with whoever decides to read.

Writing is my therapy. When I experience any type of emotion, my first instinct is to put it down on paper. That’s just who I am.

When I was 14, I had my heart broken by the first boy I ever loved. Instead of holding my depressed and angry feelings inside, I wrote furiously in a notebook. Soon, stacks of diaries covered my bedroom floor and overflowed with poetic ramblings and pain-filled verse.

When I was 15, I wrote a letter to Twist Magazine about the depression I was suffering from. I hoped that submitting my story would help young women like me get through depression as well. My story was published. The entire act of writing, submitting my story, and knowing that I was helping others was what helped me overcome my depression. It was the first time that I really felt that my writing was more than just something I did for myself. 

I knew when I entered college that my career would have something to do with writing. I started out as a liberal arts major, then switched to focus on English. When I transferred to UAlbany, my major was English and my minor was journalism. It wasn’t long before I realized that I had a passion for journalism, and swapped my major and minor.

Journalism allows me to both help myself by writing and help others by conveying information in an easy-to-understand type of way. It allows me to  bring personalities to life, and to share stories that people may not be able to put into words on their own. I love writing human-interest stories. Here are a few I’ve written in the past:

I see blogging in almost the same light. Even though my posts are usually very picture-heavy, it helps to write, even a little bit, every day. I enjoy putting my thoughts out there for you to read. I love receiving comments, both from people I’ve never met, and from real-life friends, telling me that I have inspired them to make a recipe, or to try a body pump class.

Reading blogs is what motivated me to start living a healthy life. I love being that motivation for other people.

I know that my ‘Dear Rebecca’ post was a little on the emotional side. I am, after all,  a real person, with real feelings. While 99% of my posts are happy, I don’t always have good days. That would be impossible.

My goal for my blog is to be real, and honest with all of you. If I’m feeling bad about myself one day, I’m not going to hold that in. It’s a normal feeling to experience, and to not show that part of me would be fake.

My blog has grown a lot over the past year. I’ve gone from sharing very little about myself to sharing a whole lot, and my blog continues to grow as I do.

I will continue to share my life with you, and I hope that both my silly and “over the top” emotional posts motivate and inspire you, just as they have motivated and inspired me.

(Note: Your opinions and innermost thoughts are never over the top)

Why do you write? Why do you blog?

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25 comments

  1. This is beautiful. I especially love the last line: “Your opinions and innermost thoughts are NEVER over the top.” That is such an important thing to remember, especially since we are all vulnerable over the Internet.

    Keep on bloggin’!

  2. I’ve had a really emotional day and this post makes me smile. Such a good reminder feelings are not invalid even if others don’t understand them.

    I write and blog for me. I love that others read it, and get something out of it, but it is a reminder to me of the things I’ve done and to keep doing them. I’ve written my entire life, as a release, and I find peace in getting it out in words.

    Thank you for sharing you in many, many ways.

  3. I think over the top would require you to burn your gym to the ground while screaming “IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU NO ONE WILLLLLLLL!!”

    But seriously, it’s such a hard thing to say how we really feel and I appreciated that post more than anything because it reminded me that it’s OKAY to break down when you feel like it and it’s important to know that it’s okay, and you’ll get through it.

    Also, remember that it’s easy to be a jerk over the internet sooo F**K EM!

  4. Aw, this is great! I started blogging just to keep track of all my recipes. Now it’s such a great hobby and I’m glad I get to share with others! 🙂 And I have to admit, the writing part is fun – it’s so fun to be able to write with your own style, something I cannot always do at work.

  5. I blog for the exact same reasons as you. I kept diaries in my youth and definitely found a lot of solace in putting emotions and struggles to paper (or now, to keyboard). It’s a hobby that I really enjoy. If NOBODY ever read my blog, I wouldn’t care, because it’s the process I enjoy. I’m eternally grateful that there are people who read my blog and like it enough to come back for more. But, in this, there is a powerful lesson. You are never going to be able to please everyone. Ever. So the sooner that you internalize that, the sooner you can let go of criticism and the sooner you can allow your true authentic voice come through. You don’t need to justify yourself to anyone. 🙂

  6. I think that’s exactly what a blog should be, a reflection of where we’re at, and some days it’s out there and some days it’s over there. But just as in real life, we like some people more than others and if people don’t groove on a blog, I think they should move on. Just like we don’t comment to random people at the grocery store that they’re being too dramatic for aisle 2. It’s easy to forget that courtesy should still exist in the virtual world.

  7. There’s always going to be some rude, unpleasant person that wants to crap on our blogs for no reason. I am a sensitive person, and it would bother me. But I try to remind myself that my blog isn’t for everyone. It’s for ME. 🙂

  8. Sorry someone had to say something like that to you, you deserve to write and say anything you want on your blog. I love when bloggers are 100% open and real, not perfect!

  9. REBECCA!
    i love this post. blogging is for YOU, and you only. share what you feel, express your thoughts– bc theyre validated by YOU, which is, after all, most important.

    i blog for the same THERAPEUTIC reason. writing allows me to organize the 2134234 thoughts racing through my head, it allows me to explore the unknown, discover my feelings, and VENT. even if no one else reads.

    you know i ADORE you.
    thinking of you

    hope you have a splendid sunday, dear
    love, becca
    http://fromheretothereinpurple.blogspot.com

  10. First off, holler to fellow journalism majors!! I feel blogging is completely relate-able to journalism is the fact that we’re sharing facts and stories with the world. Obviously, blogging involves bias, and journalism does not, but either way…
    And it is so your right to post your emotions here!! 🙂

  11. Blog for you & only for you. People relate to your words and will continue to. You have a gift for for the written word, which gives you a great ability to share thoughts and YOU, via YOUR blog.

    I think that blogging and “different types of comments” can be a lesson in life, for they give us a thicker skin. Always be you, for that is what I respect and admire. You are on a journey and wiser then many.

    Be well, my friend 🙂

  12. I just ADORE the blogging community. I have made some of my best friends through it and “met” so many like minded people that make me see that NO, it’s not weird to go to bed early so you can get up and run or to put spinach in your smoothie. So many of my real life friends don’t get my lifestyle and I love that the blogging community DOES!

  13. Not to bash that commenter (because I respect their opinions equally), but I really don’t even know what they are talking about… I didn’t think there was anything ‘out there’ about that post at all! Please keep doin’ what you’re doin’ 🙂

    Also, to reply to one of your older posts (I’ve been on vacay and am behind here).. I got Superfeet inserts when I got plantar fasciitis a few years ago and love them!!! Hope you love yours too!

  14. Hi! I just saw your post over at the Healthy Living blog. I am glad I clicked over! I can totally relate to your Dear Rebecca post… I had three stress fractures and couldn’t run for 2 months. I felt like I was losing my mind and found it harder to take care of myself.

    I am happy the comment reminded you of why you blog/write.

    I do it for me too! 🙂 I started it to keep in touch with people, but now I just love what it gives me and that it lets me meet other people!

  15. It’s your blog and it’s your space, you can do whatever you want with it and write whatever you want. As long as you enjoy your blog and the positives outweigh the negatives, then keep moving forward.

    We should support everyone’s journey and they are all different just like blogs are different.

    Keep doing what you do with this blog and enjoy 🙂

  16. If you wanted to post 100 pictures of cats a day, who is to stop you? If you don’t wanna ready it, don’t click the link.. and don’t put in the effort to make a hurtful comment. what is this? Live Journal in 8th grade all over again?

  17. Rebecca~

    Please keep doing you! No feelings experienced are ever “over the top”. I have enjoyed your blog for too many years to remember! Your candor and personality shine through in your wonderful blogs. Some people simply cannot get out of their own way. Keep doing you~you are beautiful and loved!

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