Why do we blog? To share our innermost thoughts? To try and find others of like mind with whom to share that in which we have found joy? To try and rid ourselves of demons and potential nightmares by purging ourselves of ugliness or bad moments - to 'get it out in the open', as it were? To 'dump' on someone else? To commiserate with each other? To wallow in or chuckle over another's misfortune? To be discovered as the next best-selling author? To achieve fame and fortune? To simply while away the time?
Why do YOU blog?
I began blogging in January of 2008. I was 70 years old and newly retired. I was having a whole lot of fun with a 'new toy' - my computer - and knew I had a lot to say, but didn't quite know how to go about it. My daughter and son-in-law helped me out a whole bunch.
Initially, I'm pretty sure I was under the terribly-mistaken illusion that the world would soon beat a path to my heretofore unpublished writer's door, pay me a gazillion million $$$$$ to publish ----- and then I would while away the rest of my days in (wherever I pleased) doing (whatever I pleased) to my heart's content.
Ha! Double ha!!
Since then, of course, reality has set in, and I have found myself in the midst of just a fantastic group of bloggers from around the world, some of whom I value as true friends. Among those most dear are Tammy, Steven, Craig, Chuck, Polimom and Michael.
One of the things I've discovered that I delight in the most about reading other bloggers' posts is leaving a comment. Taking the time to leave a comment means that you have thought enough about your friend's post to add a statement or two - perhaps even to ask a question. Even more fun, however, is the wonderful surprise of receiving a thoughtful response - perhaps a question provoking even more dialogue between the two of you - back!
How uplifting and heartwarming it is to have someone be so thoughtful as to regard your comment as being worthy of a response ... it's a really good feeling!
In these days of extraordinarily large and sometimes unimaginable numbers, where the great majority of us are almost totally lost in ambiguous anonymity, I find great solace in the (perhaps) somewhat smaller - but certainly more closely-knit - world of blogging.
Thank you all for following my posts these past many months. I hope that you will continue to do so. Even though you are not here where I can see you right this very second, please know that you are in my thoughts, in my heart and in my prayers.