I Blog, Therefore I Am
Then a friend of mine showed me the blog site of her husband’s ex-girlfriend, a girlfriend who caused some trouble in their courtship. This ex-girlfriend blogged her personal life for the world to see, and my friend read it compulsively because she would often reference my friend’s husband (not by name) as part of her painful past.
I was intrigued, but my opinion of blogging didn’t change that much.
Until Kacy… Kacy is very cool and she is a friend of mine. We have known each other for a while, but we bonded over the blog. Kacy showed me that cool people blog (Kacy and David Sedaris and Zac Braff), and that you can blog about cool things (wolves, numchucks, crack whores, reality TV show auditions gone awry, etc.).
I used to write everyday. I wrote short stories and kid’s stories (and even started a novel – gasp!), and it was a great creative outlet. The more I wrote, the more fodder for writing would appear in my life and on my screen. With the idea of a blog, a whole new world of creative opportunity opened before my eyes.
I started blogging timidly, and suddenly I “met” many, many cool people. And not just distant, untouchable celebrity people, but funny, touching, “normal”, heart-wrenching, REAL people within my grasp! And these people have friends and very little free time! My cup runneth over now with interesting people who share with me an honest (and outright hilarious) view of their world. My life is enriched, and I feel blessed and downright honored to share their “space” and participate in this venture.
As a (rather shallow) side note, in eighth grade, my best friend Heather LeMasters said to me, “You’re going to be famous one day, I know it,” and I totally took it to heart. A couple of years later, I received my patriarchal blessing and one little section mentions something that I have chosen to interpret a certain way, and have been seeking fame subconsciously since. I see blogging as a way to get myself out there. I’m not looking for an agent or anything; I’m looking for disciples, a following so to speak.
So to boil it down to the honest truth:
Self-conscious reason: Kacy showed me that blogging is cool. And I want to be cool like Kacy.
Noble reason: I love to write (not as a career, as an outlet) and writing a blog helps me notice and appreciate all the strange and wonderful things that happen to me each day. It makes me use my brain again!
Touching reason: I have found a lot of truly interesting, insightful, intelligent people who are willing to “put it out there”. Kudos.
Shallow reason (with me, there is always at least one): If there is the slightest chance of fame or fortune involved, I’ll do it.