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Friday, May 11, 2012

Why Do I Blog?

When I think of this question, I could answer it in an unselfish way. I could say, "I do it because I want my kids to be able to look back at our life and see things that might get missed in all of the chaos." I could say, "I do it for them so that our lives have a place in this world." Both of these are definitely reasons for why I blog but they came to me after I started.

I actually stumbled into blogging. I wanted to see if I could "make it" as a writer so I signed up for a freelance writing site. One of the questions that was repeatedly asked by would-be employers was, "Can you attach a link to your blog?" I didn't have one at the time and while talking to some friends, they suggested that I start one. They graciously said they found my stories funny or at least interesting so with that encouragement (and after realizing I talked their ears off so perhaps I did need a platform), I started this blog.

I can't describe, though I am sure other bloggers that are moms probably know, how unbelievably good it feels to write down your feelings, your world, your opinions...anything and have someone, somewhere say, "Yes! I feel that way, too!" Who do I speak for? Women all over whose lives are chaotic and crazy that don't want to feel alone in the chaos and craziness. It feels better to be crazy with a friend.

I have been writing books for me since I was in high school. I can't imagine a life where I can't write. Something. A journal. A children's story. A romance novel. Women's fiction. A young adult novel. A blog. Something. I have to...I need to write. It keeps me sane. People have said they think it is therapeutic and maybe they are right. The jury is still out on whether something stronger...meds or seeing my old therapist is needed.

I tried to stop. I was only going to do a year. I went a little crazy not being able to so I started back up. Is it my own sort of drug? Maybe. So I did what any other addict does. I fed the addiction. I took a class to grow bigger in doing what I love to do. BEST. MONEY. SPENT. It opened my eyes to a world I didn't know existed and I completely and totally fell in love with every part of it. I was and still am like a kid in a candy store. So many many thoughts...people that I instantly wanted to be friends with and spend time with. You feel like you know these women and that they "get you" because you are all writing about the same things...muddling through life with the cards you were dealt.

The best I dare say it? I feel like a writer. A real, true writer. The blog gives me an audience. Being a writer is a dream come true. Dreams that come true feel good. So while I have noticed that blogging makes me slow down and notice things and feel things that I'm sure I would have missed otherwise and while I am thrilled that my family will have a little space in this world of things and events recorded and though it might sound selfish...

I blog for me. This words...they are the only things in this world that are all mine.

Linking up with Galit at These Little Waves and Nicole at Word of Mouth Musings


At May 12, 2012 at 4:57 AM , Blogger By Word of Mouth Musings said...

I have to honestly tell people that I came to blogging via Farmville ... sitting for hours keeping everything fed and harvested was doing little for my brain ;)
Love that you talk here of this being you, only you and a part of your life that is all about you. As Moms we kinda think that it should always be about everyone else, and we do a better job of taking care of everyone else when we actually do something that is just for us xxx

At May 12, 2012 at 7:03 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

That is so funny about Farmville! That is so true. What is that old saying? "If Mama ain't happy, no one is happy?" There is some truth to that, isn't there? So nice to see you here. :) Thanks for the kind words!

At May 13, 2012 at 6:38 PM , Anonymous Galit Breen said...

I love this carved out space for you - so important to have, and to own!

At May 13, 2012 at 7:16 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Thanks, Galit and thanks for the great link! I was caught in one of those very introspective moments that I might not have otherwise had! Love that you are reading and thanks for the shout out on Twitter!

At May 14, 2012 at 6:38 AM , Blogger doseofreality said...

What a fantastic answer. I love it. I was just thinking about this over the weekend after I saw the question over at Alison's blog. I wound up answering over there a short answer, but I think I will actually expand it on my own blog probably this week.
I hope you keep blogging and writing, because I think you are a writer, too. :)

At May 14, 2012 at 8:24 AM , Blogger mCat said...

"This words...they are the only things in this world that are all mine."

Love it! I think that is a reason why a lot of us blog. Way to articulate it!

At May 14, 2012 at 8:41 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

This made my whole day! I can't wait to read your post about it!

At May 14, 2012 at 8:42 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Thanks so much! There isn't much in this world that is just ours when you think about it, is there?


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