Today I got to thinking about why I write my blog. What really is it I’m up to with this?
Of course, it would be sufficient just to say that it’s fun 🙂
Like going to the beach to watch the sunset, it’s enough to do it for its own sake. The experience is intrinsically valuable. Plus there’s the possibility of beautiful vistas, the wind in my hair, and happy dogs chasing tennis balls along the surf!
Undoubtedly, this blog brings some restorative beauty to my life. Yet I also aim to write out thoughts that I believe can be of value to others. I try to maintain a positive and helpful tone. When people describe my blog, I hope they would use words such as: joyful, engaging, authentic, insightful, clever, whimsical, informative.
My blog is kind of like a digital footprint I leave intentionally. In this online age, we all have a digital footprint. Our lives can all be electronically “tracked” in one way or another. But are we intentional about this? Since I am going to be known online anyway no matter what, I decided I might as well leave something I feel good about.
Also, I don’t have much interest in being on social media for its own sake. I don’t much like debating or arguing or frankly even pushing for my point of view. I’d rather just have free rein to lay out my thoughts.
This blog is my free rein.
Also, it is mine. Last time I checked, social media sites don’t belong to their users. I like having my own URL where all the content goes.
In my experience, when it comes to sharing online people seem to be in one of two camps:
- Those who hang out, chatting and talking and sharing their lives.
- Those who have a specific personal agenda to promote, whether be it a business or personal service, a special project (like a blog!), or some philosophical/political/religious point of view.
I definitely do not see myself in the first category. I’m not much for hanging out with “people” collectively. I am probably more in the second category. I too am here following my own personal agenda. The personal agenda of this blog? Freedom and joy in personal expression.