Today’s Fun Monday Host is Bee Dancing As Fast as I Can, who’s name refers to that funny little waggle dance that bees do in their hive. I think the name of her blog is perfect since that dance is how the bees tell each other where the good pollen collecting places are. I’ve always thought of Fun Monday as a blogger’s dance of sorts, a way to tell each other where the good blogs are. The topic for this week fits perfectly with that thought.
Bee Dancer says:
“I’m relatively new to blogging, & I’m sure this has come up before, but I’d really like to know WHY you blog. Tell me how you got started or why you got started and why you keep it up. Plus there’s a photo requirement: Post a picture of the one person/place/thing that most symbolizes the town or area where you live.”
At first I thought this wouldn’t be much more than a one line answer – Why do I blog? Why, to write about me of course. ME, ME. ME! But then I thought deeper about it, and I realized that while that’s somewhat true, a blog is much more than just a need to be narccisstic. A blog, my blog is several things to me. It is:
1) A Forum. I love to write, I love to express my ideas, I love the give and take, the zingers and one liners that get tossed back and forth in the comments sections. To me posting on your own blog is like writing an article, but much less scary than submitting it to a magazine. Some would say more anonymous, but with comments, there is always the possibility of getting some
whack job filling up your comment box with propaganda feedback in the bargain. A blog is my way of having a conversation, but with a little more time to shape your thoughts.
2) A Social Network. I ask you, where else can you
waste so much time have conversations with so many interesting, hilarious, smart people from all over the world, every day, for free? You guys are my friends, and I laugh and worry, and hope, and get mad right along with you.
3) A Barometer. Even though I stay away from
right wing, Republican and religious Pundit Blogs, I can still read about opinions on national issues from people who think exactly the same way I do who have nothing to gain or lose from expressing it.
4) A Mirror. It is incredibly freeing to read that others struggle with some of the same issues I struggle with. The same messy houses, the same conflicts with coworkers, kids, husbands, the same struggle for blogging topics. And at 2:30 A.M., it’s nice to know there are others, fingers poised on the keys, faces illuminated by the blue glow of their computer, staring at a blinking cursor with no earthly idea what to write.
5) A Sanctuary. I admit it. When I have a deadline, or something icky I don’t want to do – I like to take a little mental vacation and visit some of my imaginary friends.
6) A Leveler. It is humbling when someone takes the time to not only read, but comment on something you have posted. It makes me work at posting something interesting, thoughtful and well written, knowing that you never know who is going to read your blog.
7) A Challenge. In all honesty, I guess I started blogging as practice. A way to begin the discipline of writing each and every day. I challenge myself to write something I hope is not only interesting, but I like to put a positive twist on everything I write. And as I’m sure you can agree, that right there is the challenge.
8) An Inspiration. Long before I got up the nerve to start my own blog, I read blogs. I scanned at first, but then began to get to know these imaginary people, and I started to read more deeply. I laughed at what I read and cried at what I read and wanted to write hilarious stories and gut wrenching accounts, and achingly true confessions just like the ones I was reading from you guys every day.
So – those are my reasons for Blogging – go waggle your tail around to all the other Fun Monday participants and see what they have to say!