|Love leads me on, let's me say what I think. - Quiet Company|
I've been asking myself lately if I should keep this blog online. I started this blog a few months before meeting my soon-to-be-ex husband about fourteen years ago, and this blog was our blog for most of its existence.
I ask myself if blogging is something I can realistically even do anymore. Can I find time to write with my busy work/life balancing act?
Is it something that's even a good idea for me anymore? Now that I have a job that is somewhat in the spotlight, do I really want to share intimate details of my life with the internet like I used to when I was nobody to anybody?
Why do I blog at all, I've been asking myself? I've always had pretty much the same motivations since the day I started: to be a voice for those who don't have one (or haven't found it yet) and to be known.
To be known.
I wonder how many people have this insatiable desire to be known.
I know for a fact I care too much about what people think of me. I love to be loved - I just do. But if anyone is going to hate me, I want them to know me first.
I want to be known. Then love or hate as you will. But love or hate me, not a false impression of me.
I wrote my book, I write my blog, so people can judge me for who I am, not who they imagine I am. I must take some of the fun out of getting to know me personally, when all it takes is a Google search, but I need this. Some weird, messed up, narcissistic part of me needs this venue to share myself. Sometimes it's because I know sharing myself is also sharing others' selves and taking the heat for it in the public eye while quietly comforting someone I will never know. This is a trade off that has always been acceptable to me. And then sometimes I need this just because I need to be acutely known. It's sometimes almost too self-indulgent, almost selfish, how deep my desire to be known is.
I have another reason for blogging. Writing is inside of me. If it doesn't get outside, I feel stale and suffocated. I could write privately to get this out of me, and often I do. I don't publish every thought and feeling I commit to paper. But put it to paper I must. Or I dry up. Or I rot. Sometimes not getting these intense emotions out of me feels like rain seeping in through a damaged roof tile. The water collects and stagnates, the ceiling bulges, the mold sets in. I either whither or wrinkle. I need a rain gutter.
Blogging is my rain gutter.
I considered shutting down my blog momentarily this past week. Maybe I don't want people knowing so much about me. Maybe it's foolish. Maybe it will be my demise - if I want to get dramatic about it. And at that moment last week, getting dramatic about it seemed logical.
But I don't think shutting down my blog is the right answer. I don't think hiding the real me is the way I want to live my life. I don't think muting my voice and thus silencing the not-aloneness that I know speaks to people I both know and will never know is something I could or should do.
As for being known... Being known is both frightening and freeing. Dare I let the fear shut out the freedom?
I've asked myself if I should keep my blog online, even though my writing time is limited and my online presence is more prominent.
I may be making entirely the wrong choice, but my gut says stay with it. So I'm going to stay with it.
"Love leads me on, let's me say what I think ...
You say the truth sets you free, well, it calls to me."
I feel a lot of the same things about blogging that you do. Although we are very different people, we seem to have a similar approach to blogging. Sometimes I really wonder why I keep on, as I have a readership of approximately 12, after 9 years of slogging away. I have no desire to monetize my blog or to write for a specific audience in order to attract more readers. Actually, I am thankful that there is very little controversy or commenting on my blog. I like being able to write an obnoxiously long post and not care whether it's too long for anybody to read. I think it's just a way for me (I'll steal your analogy here) to process that rainwater. When I write offline, it gets really ugly really fast. If anyone thinks my blog is too introspective, all I can say is, they haven't seen anything I've written in private. So I guess, for me, it's a mode of discipline, undisciplined though I may seem. Whenever I decide to quit and write offline, I find myself going back. I just do. I'm at peace with it now. It is what it is. I think it's a way I learn to know myself -- I'm not so sure I want others to know me (I'm not a naturally trusting person). For those of us who need to process life through words, it's a blessing to be able to blog.ReplyDelete
I SO get what you've said. My private writing gets ugly fast too. I think blogging helps me know myself too. I so agree with all of this.ReplyDelete
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