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"A blog can be like a mirror and I needed to see a reflection of a person I still recognized there after all the changes I'd been through. Because I wasn't finding myself anywhere else."

- from mrs. kennedy at fussy

so, the fussy entry from which the above quote is taken is more about the nuances and struggles of motherhood, as well as its portrayal in the media... but i think its applications can be applied using a much larger brushstroke. [as most good writing should.]

reading her entry reminded me of why i started this. sometimes i wonder about this whole blogosphere thing, and my own addition to the crazy mob... is it all just virtual navel-gazing? are we so full of ourselves that we really need to spill the overflow to the wired universe? creating our own self-aggrandizing dot com for our unlimited selfishness?

perhaps this is what drives the blogging phenomenon. but it is not what drives me. [most days]. a good friend recently shared with me how much she has seen me grow and change over the past several years... how i have started to come into my own... how i have truly begun to find my voice. and this little blog that could has played a tremendous part in that growth. the cause and effect are debatable -- did i start the blog because i had the strength, or do i have the strength because i started the blog? -- but in reality it's probably a decent combination of the two.

what drives you? in what activities do you find your voice? if you blog, why? what kinds of blogs draw you in?

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2006 at 09:02AM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments6 Comments

Reader Comments (6)

my site is a combination of post-it notes-to-self, pushing people's buttons for attention and/or dialogue, and having a platform to share my observations about the world.

any media that allows for consistent self-reflection is bound to be a tool for personal growth, and hopefully help improveme the writer's techinical writing skills.

and, I think you have come a long way since becoming unleashed.
Jan 27, 2006 at 09:36AM | Unregistered Commenterrachel
I'm a verbal processor by nature. I often blog when I have something to say, but no one to say it to. Often, I'm just reflecting on myself or situations out loud, as I frequently do in conversations with close friends. I have to say it, in some fashion, in order to make sense out of it in my own head. But I wouldn't say it's where I find my voice. It's more of where I listen to myself talk.
Jan 27, 2006 at 10:11AM | Unregistered Commenterjared
I blog because it's good to look back on months and even years ago and see what drivel I used to write, and to compare that drivel with my current drivel.

I also like people to read what I write, and I'm a sucker for comments. Unfortunately, because I have changed domains and blog urls so many times, I have lost upwards of 20 readers daily and so have got a very small but consistent readership. I am trying to extend that again!

I am rambling. This is what blogging for me is. Rambling.

I am liking your blog, anyway :)
Jan 27, 2006 at 10:54AM | Unregistered Commenterdave
I was struck by this same sentence on Mrs. Kennedy's site today and I had to read it again to digest it.

I started blogging as an exercise in creative writing as well as a way to exorcise some demons and it has been both for me and so much more.

I am drawn to other blogs who seem to be seeking the same answers I am, whether the questions they ask are the same is not the point.
Jan 27, 2006 at 03:36PM | Unregistered CommenterTB
i've been wondering this very question lately. my blog posts rarely have much substance, nor are they read by more than three people. it's not that the numbers matter, but i may as well just email those people and tell them what i spend time typing for my blog. meh. *shrug*
Jan 27, 2006 at 04:58PM | Unregistered Commenteramo
Reasons I blog:

After years of writing professionally for publishers and clients, I'm finally writing for myself. It's liberating to write without considering anyone's agenda but my own.

Writing the blog disciplines me to take at least one idea from start to finish every day.

I'm over 40, living abroad, and feel I have a lot to say at this point in my life.

I write to live and live to write.
Jan 31, 2006 at 01:24PM | Unregistered CommenterV-Grrrl

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