Why do I blog?

This is a question I’m contemplating today.

I started to blog as a way to make me stop, think, reflect and to write. I had never kept a journal. I have not ever recorded my thoughts. I’m at a state in my life where I want to grow. Grow myself from the inside. I found I had nothing but sketchy memories to look back on where I had been, what I had done and how I perceived the experiences.

I’ve been regularly reading several blogs for years. I love reading the thoughts, emotions, feelings and perceptions of the blogs I had frequented. I suddenly realized that I could go back sometimes years on those blogs and reflect to a time or place, then return to the present to see the changes and growth of my blog friends. I decided I wanted that.

So I e-mailed a certain Spo and asked about it. He enthusiastically gave me some direction. Since that little beginning I have grown. I’ve learned a lot about myself. I still don’t Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or any of the others, but I blog. I’ve gotten to know others better. I’ve learned about respect and how to better react. I’ve expanded my blog reading. I gain insight sometimes daily, other times slowly. I laugh. I cry. Others now know a bit about me. I hope it has helped them as much as it has helped me.

I see this as a platform for me to reach deeper into me and pull out more. I hope it to be a place where, through sharing, I can impact others for the better. Whether that impact is as simple as a smile, to as meaningful as a life changing shift in attitude or understanding. I also want it to be entertaining, fun and thoughtful.

I’m glad I started this journey. I’m grateful you are sharing it with me. That’s why I blog.

11 thoughts on “Why do I blog?

  1. Shawn, why you blog is why you and I have connection. Ditto on all counts…although I have been a prolific writer since a child, a wordsmith and in constant pursuit of meaning and mirth. So often your writings are in places I’ve travelled, and they are reminders of the discoveries made in personal wanderings whenever you touch a topic that meanders inside this brain. Keep up the communicating, you’re fantastic at it – and that’s from a 38-year seasoned veteran.

  2. I really enjoy your blog. I learn something every time. It might be about you and your life/growth or it might make me stop and think and re-evaluate my thoughts. PLEASE keep going. I look forward to your inspirations and LOVE the beard of the day, too!!!

  3. Its hard for me to believe, but I have been blogging for 10 years now and I have often gone back in my blog to correctly recall the details of an event or the feelings I shared about a situation. An area that shows considerable growth for me over the years is my resolve about my family’s shunning of me. I hope your blog will also be a source of insight and growth for you!

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