Why Blog?


October 2007

Okay . . . this is a first for me. I’m typing directly into the “Post” window at wordpress.com instead of onto a Word doc. Sort of an artificial sense of danger since there’s nothing to stop me from copying & pasting & spell-checking & endlessly revising even after pressing “Publish” – but I’m uneasy nonetheless . . . here we go . . . I’m blogging. Look, Ma, No hands.

Why? Why am I blogging? It feels utterly narcissistic. There must be a point other than to dwell in my own minutia. Maybe I’m succumbing to peer pressure. All the cool kids are doing it.

One thing I’ve discovered from these last few weeks of being a content contributor at Thirty Voices is that having a place to post actually motivates me to do something I love to do.


My whole life, I’ve had the urge to write. But I’ve only sporadically followed through on that urge. A class here or there. Letters. Freewrites scrawled on restaurant napkins.

It came as a revelation to me that, after recently allowing myself full days of writing, I could only describe the experience as, “going in.” Not into myself. Into a place. A real place. It’s like being under a spell. And when I come out, I have something to show for it. How could I have felt like a writer my whole life and not realized the hypnotic power of practicing the craft? So I guess that’s my reason for being here, right now, typing directly into this “Post” window at wordpress.com. I want to have a motivation to continue going in.

What’s this blog going to be about? Not sure. For now, it’ll be a place for random reflections & links. Hopefully, sooner than later, the words I deposit here will take shape into something that might have meaning to someone other than myself.


§ 6 Responses to Why Blog?

  • Nadine says:

    I love this post Ruth. We don’t really need to address our love for blogging with therapy, it IS therapy.

  • Ruth says:

    Yay! Thanks, Nadine . . . you’re so right! Happy blogging . . . and have a great weekend w/ your adorable family.

  • Nadine says:

    Yeah – I joined Thirty Voices! I’ve been waiting for a comment on my post there for a couple of days now (hint hint) and just realised I had to go to my dashboard and ALLOW comments (I’ve never used WordPress before) Doh! Better go climb back in bed now it’s way too early. You have a great weekend too!

  • I don’t think any of us can spend time here and not consider, at various times, why we blog. I adore your answer, and love too that it speaks some of my own thoughts too. So many of us love to write, yet lack a focus, reason or outlet for this innate desire. You have been blogging so long, I feel like the new girl in class… but thank you for making me feel welcome :-)

    Yes, Laurel, welcome! Thank you for stopping by. I’m so grateful I found YOUR blog; I’m looking forward to reading more of your work. ~R

  • Mrs. P says:

    Over the past few years I have been quite involved in learning about my family history – rich with artifacts of photographs and letters. Learning about my family has been in many ways more interesting that reading a good book – because they are my family, connected in a special way, teaching me, by example.

    I write with the possibility of sharing my life with someone in the future, the little things that caught my attention or interested me in life, a peek through the window so to speak.

    I like your style. I’ve started from the beginning and I’m off to the next post. Ha, ha…I only came to look because of your FP post. I’ll get to that eventually!

    • Ruth says:

      I’m glad you brought up the point of “sharing with someone in the future” …. That “someone” can be your future self, as well. One of my favorite things is going back and re-reading my old stuff … I find events I had completely forgotten about.

      Thanks for spending time here today, Mrs. P!

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