Why I blog

It seems curious to write a blog post entitled ‘why I blog’ when I am, at the moment, going through a phase of ‘blogger’s block’.

There was a time when the words threw themselves at the page, uncontrollably.  I had to express myself while my emotions roiled, while my temper flared, while my anger abounded. The internet was my friend and my saviour.  My blog was my therapy.  It listened. You listened.  As I sat at my macbook confessional it was just us: a blogger and a reader.  An anonymous blogger and an anonymous reader.  This is our conversation. 

Despite my anonymity, the blog is probably the least veiled forum which I could have chosen to express myself.  The historic form closest to the blog is probably the diary.  I share my diary with you.  It is deeply personal and deeply brutal and because of this I find blogging intoxicatingly free. 

A blog is about marking life as it happens and remembering life as it was.  As I look back on my blog posts since April, I can see how far I have come.  My blog is for me, the blogger, more than it is for you, my reader.  I am sorry about that.

My blog is my progress report, my achievement log, my aims, my ambitions and my vision for the future. My blog is also a series of meandering, often short and incomplete stabs at observations, reflections and insights.  An incomplete argument, laid out on the page, never completed because time moves on, life moves on and I want, and you want, something more, something different. 

A blog is often written alone, in front of a computer.  I read other’s blogs and I feel like I have met the writer. I have never met them, but I know them. The Web experience delivers a faux intimacy but I like it.

Blogging allows you to publish to the world and to reach readers across the planet, but at the same time readers are fickle, readers are demanding, readers want instant gratification, readers want more wit, more content, more drama, more soap opera curiosity and more honesty. Readers are temporary. Readers are transient.  I know, I am a reader too.

A blogger can reach readers across the planet, but as a reader you have to find the blog.  The terrain is littered, the wood full of trees, the choice immense and overwhelming.  For the reader, my blog is a needle in a haystack, a needle amongst a million other needles in a haystack.  The blogging world is crowded, competing, and quality doesn’t naturally rise to the top.  It can go unnoticed for years and years.  Alone in a crowd. Lost in the crowd.

Never to find that one reader who wants a life-long conversation.

My Random Musings

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  1. December 18, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    Blogging can feel a bit like shouting at the world from a soap box and not being entirely sure whether or not its ever noticed. No one ever really mentions that aspect as they’re too busy noticing the few bloggers who are making loads of money out of it.

    Hope your bloggers block passes soon.

    Have a wonderful Christmas

    • thesingleswan
      December 18, 2015 / 10:39 pm

      Hi Mrs Tubbs, Yes that is a good way of describing it. I often hear that I am shouting at the world from my soap box and am never sure whether it has been noticed. I should probably pay more attention to Google Analytics. Thanks for your comment. I hope you have a great Christmas too.

      • Accidental Blogger
        December 20, 2015 / 10:40 pm

        I notice….I read your blog and appreciate your work!

        • thesingleswan
          December 21, 2015 / 8:26 pm

          thanks! I am very flattered.

  2. December 18, 2015 / 7:43 pm

    Great post. Always interesting reading posts about why people started blogging.
    Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky
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    • thesingleswan
      December 18, 2015 / 10:37 pm

      Hi,

      thanks for your comment

  3. December 18, 2015 / 10:10 pm

    Great post. I find blogging a release of my thoughts to like minded people. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx
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    • thesingleswan
      December 18, 2015 / 10:37 pm

      Thanks for your comment

  4. December 19, 2015 / 7:59 am

    Like you I started blogging as therapy, almost 6 years ago and I found it so freeing too – shouting out into the void! Now it’s a creative outlet that let’s me share the lessons I’ve learned moving away from negativity and I’ve found my purpose in using it to help others. But whatever the reason you start blogging, if it serves YOU then I think that is reason enough. Sending you unblocking thoughts and Happy Christmas wishes. Thanks so much for linking up at #sharethejoy x
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    • thesingleswan
      December 19, 2015 / 8:01 pm

      Hi,

      Thanks very much for your comment. Happy Christmas to you too. #sharethejoy

  5. December 19, 2015 / 8:47 am

    Interesting to hear why you do it. I do it because I have epilepsy and struggle with my short term memory. Writing the blog allows me to read back and remember stuff we got up to, otherwise I would have to keep very long lists tucked away in cupboards. It is a way of letting family know – near and far – what is going on and if anyone else reads my stuff, and likes it, then that’s an added bonus. It can become a little consuming but then I just sit back and remember who I am doing this for. Have a word with myself to live in the moment – and not to slope off to tell the world about it. Good luck with your writers block. #PoCoLo

    • thesingleswan
      December 19, 2015 / 8:00 pm

      Hi,

      I find it really interesting to read all of the different reasons that people blog. I’ll be honest and say that I prefer reading blogs that are not money makers. There are some really good blogs that manage to make money and be true to themselves but I have to say that I think it is quite rare.
      I know what you mean about it being quite consuming. I am lucky in that I am often on my own in the evenings once my boy has gone to bed. Blogging is therefore a nice little hobby. My parents don’t know about my blog. I am sure my mum wonders how, given that I have my evenings to myself, I still don’t manage to do any of my chores.

      thanks for your comment. x

  6. Accidental Blogger
    December 20, 2015 / 10:43 pm

    I’m trying to retweet this and I’m not seeing any easy share buttons. You might want to consider Sumome or a competitor to put on the share bar. You have good stuff -people want to share it! 🙂

    • thesingleswan
      December 21, 2015 / 8:26 pm

      Thanks Lori,

      that is really nice of you to say.

      Pen x

  7. March 24, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    Thanks for this. I’ve only been blogging for a couple of months but have been thinking of giving up. Your post has reminded me that I wanted to do this for me. Just as a bit of a release. Like you, it’s my hobby. And the minute it becomes a chore, is probably the time to give up. Thanks again.
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    • thesingleswan
      March 24, 2016 / 9:26 pm

      My pleasure! thank you for your comment. I think the trick is to make sure you use it for you. I enjoy writing posts on my blog. If i started writing reviews or started writing for the sake of writing I don’t think I would enjoy it anywhere near as much and my lack of enjoyment would show through. Take care. Pen x

  8. July 12, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    The transiency of readers is certainly sad. I’ve had people read my blog for ages, but suddenly don’ t anymore. Not so bad when you have people filling the gap, but often there aren’t and you end up with people dipping in and out. Like you, I write my blog mainly for me (and my son to read when he wants to), but I still like to know people enjoy reading. #brilliantblogposts

    • thesingleswan
      July 13, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      It is interesting isn’t it when you have a really loyal reader and then they stop reading. I always want to ask them what it was about my blog that switched them off. Maybe I should just ask. Pen x

  9. July 13, 2017 / 10:16 am

    I’m always interested in why other people got into blogging and what led them to start typing. I started writing for myself like most people and it kind of grew from there. I often wonder about who reads my blog and why they do. I definitely don’t blog for the stats as they are dire but people do read my posts and its nice to see people comment on posts I write 🙂

    #brillblogposts
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    • thesingleswan
      July 13, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      I agree Becca. I often wonder who is actually reading my posts and whether they are actually reading. Pen x

  10. July 13, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    Oh no! This is such a sad post! It can often feel that your blog is sucking you dry – you keep trying to feed it (and the readers that come along with it) and it just wants more and more. There is always another blogmin job to be done or another post to write. And yet, it connects you with people and it’s something I can’t imagine being without anymore. I think your blog is great! Try not to be disheartened – blogging is all about the long game #brillblogposts
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    • thesingleswan
      July 13, 2017 / 8:44 pm

      thank you Lucy. What a lovely comment to read. Pen x

  11. July 14, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    I think it’s good to blog for yourself and then you will enjoy it. So many guides suggest to blog for the reader, but if it’s a personal blog then you need to blog for you! If people relate to you and your words, they’ll come back and read more 🙂

    • thesingleswan
      July 14, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      I agree. I prefer blogs that are personal. I am less keen on blogs that are clearly written with the reader in mind. It’s a balance though. Pen x

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