Why am I blogging? I have to say that I haven’t quite figured it out yet. In the past, journals and diaries have never really held an interest for me. However, blogging is very popular and trying to keep up with my children in the technology department is a goal of mine. This might be one small reason, but it still doesn’t really answer the question on why I started a blog.
Do I want to be famous for blogging like Perez Hilton (really, what else is he famous for?)? Not really. Do I have provocative views on the topics of the day that people are dying to read? Probably not. Am I a wanna be journalist without a major in journalism? Definitely not. Am I a budding writer that enjoys putting pen to paper (so to speak) just for the love of writing? Most definitely not – I’m a math major!
How did blogging get started? Why are average people like myself blogging? Well, I did a little research and found that this question has been asked repeatedly. I came across this blog that addressed this question: Why Do We Blog?. I did find some interesting responses within this post and found that I was nodding my head a little while I was reading it. One comment got me thinking – “Do I want affirmation and admiration?” I don’t really think that is my motivation either. However, I have to ask myself, “If I’m starting a journal/diary, why am I doing it online?”. This leads to the next issue – Privacy Settings.
Setting up this blog has been a project. What did I want it to look like? Would the format represent who I am? What colors do I want to use? Then, the big decision for me – which Privacy Setting (Blog Visability) was I going to pick? 1, 2 or 3?
- I would like my blog to visible to everyone, including search engines (like Google, Bing) and archivers
- I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors
- I would like my blog to be private, visible only to visitors I choose
Is all of the contemplating over-analyzing the ding dang thing? Well, duh. I’m prone to over thinking – it is what I do. It is the biggest stumbling block to my big “What If” question (see prior post).
Do I want people I don’t know reading my observations and views and then commenting on them (assuming I will eventually get a reader or two)? Hmmm. I’m still not sure about that. I haven’t really quite decided that I want my friends and family reading my thoughts as I post them. As of this writing, I haven’t told anyone (even my husband and kids) that I was starting this little project. Being a very private person, my husband would wonder why I felt the need to start an online diary. Will the knowledge that people close to me will be reading this subconsciously impose a filter on my writings? Do I care about that? Should I care about that? Another Hmmm. Those are good questions.
There is something cathartic about writing thoughts down – I completely get that. It can definitely help you define and clarify your positions on topics.
Okay, after putting all of this down in writing (and re-reading it, editing it, etc.), I have decided on Option #1 in the Privacy Settings. Why not? It would be interesting to hear what people have to say (assuming, again, that I get a reader or two).
Regarding my family and friends, am I going to tell them? Yes and no. I will tell my husband, kids and my BFFs first. Then, maybe branch out from there. Comments from those closest to you can give you great joy or great sorrow because you really care what they think (unlike comments from strangers). So, regarding the filter issue, I guess I will have to figure that out as I go along on this writing journey.