I read an article last week which asked the question … ‘Do you blog for the right reasons?’ Which was a look into not specifically the reasons you started a blog, but more along the lines of are you personally blogging for the right reasons? Are you getting enough fulfillment personally with your blog? Yada yada blum blum you get the idea. I guess l was pondering on this as l have had a question burning its way through my core for the last few weeks which is ‘Could l stop blogging completely and walk away and never look back and never blog again and if l could, would l and would it serve the inner purpose?’ However THAT is too long a question for a blog post headline!
However whilst that is a long question … it wasn’t the actual question … so l sat down with it and reviewed what the real ‘actual’ question would be and so l came to rest on “Does Your Blogging Fulfill Your You Quota?”
Yeah, l think that is more along the lines of what l am honestly asking.
There are many reasons for starting an actual blog for the first time and we have over the years together as a community of like minded writers, readers and communicators discussed these both here and in each other’s blogs as well … so it’s not always that hard to identify those reasons really is it?
The main reasons for blogging are usually …
|To express yourself to yourself … as in see your creative style from a different perspective other than writing in a journal..||To improve your over all writing style and to learn new crafting skills and be seen by more appreciative eyes and be read – so you then further develop your style to be read by other readers.|
|Within your blog you can create your own niche or celebration of your life and write your life down for others to read and relate to or be able to resonate with or you can simply write to entertain others.||You can utilise the whole blogging experience as a way of negotiating your fears and anxieties with regards writing and communications.|
|Business blogs that include authoring, publishing and writing can adapt their blogs to encourage sales and a potential career and an income. Equally business orientation blogs are a great way to develop you and your brand..||Personal blogs can use the blogging community experience as a way of interacting with like minded people and can further create an inner virtual society of friendship that might be otherwise harder on the outside in real life.|
There are many other reasons for wanting to start a blog and equally as many for not starting a blog … not everyone is destined to be a writer or a blogger – it simply might not appeal to their personal style of communication .. which is why we have other platforms and interactive medias for people to use from Twitter and Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and the rest … everyone has their own way of achieving their fulfillment quota to entertain, to be read, to communicate, to business, to market and to simply be seen.
Last month, l was digging deep and doing some soul searching with my blog – l wrote about it in various episodes l run on the blog … in the end l said that l would give myself a year to fully decide if l wanted to keep this blog going? Could l simply pack up and walk away and not look back and not bother with blogging again?
Ultimately the answer on the surface was YES, yes l could … l have performed such actions before with other ventures .. BUT, also, l had to ask myself more importantly, would destroying three years of my life and identity creation – be the right thing to do and also, why destroy it and not maybe just change it?
Is destruction the right way forwards with a blog? Well not if you are ‘only’ changing your life course – because your blog is an extension of your personality and will change over time reflectively – the more you change personally the more your blog style changes too – your writing and inner core moves and progresses like you do. So, destruction of the blog is not the way forward if you are only thinking of shifting genres.. you simply pave the forwards motion differently.
However that is if you are keeping your blog … not really if you are destroying with a view to never return to that experience – that’s a big difference.
So then l thought, okay .. so l know that if l was to NEVER return to blogging – l could simply hit Delete and walk away. Alright – so at least l know the answer to that question. But l then asked the deepest question of myself and perhaps this was actually the cause behind the initial and original chain of thought to the ‘destruction’ question?
I know WHY l asked myself that question and that was – something is missing from my life and maybe l am blogging to fill that void – BUT l then had to ask “Does Your Blogging Fulfill Your You Quota?” Is that what it boils down to – aside from what is missing from my life … which for the record … l am not totally sure of what that is … which is why l gave myself a year to make a big decision regarding the deletion of this blog … is it more like that?
Are the two actually connected or is the ‘void’ or the vessel of emptiness something different? Is my blog and my blogging merely providing comfort to what is missing or support? Am l not blogging to my fullest potential OR is is my life after something deeper and more profound?
Currently, blogging fills a space but is that enough? I have certain things to do this year and l am slowly getting there, slower than l might like and yet l still keep coming back to that question …“Does Your Blogging Fulfill Your You Quota?”
For me personally, the jury is still out … l enjoy the experience, l enjoy the interaction and the community and l enjoy the people BUT is there more to it – is there more to me – is this enough for me? I will let you know at the end of this year …. however how about you?
.“Does Your Blogging Fulfill Your You Quota?”
Is blogging enough for you and your personal growth and does it meet all your requirements for you?