I mentioned on my NaBloPoMo post that I blog for myself, as a journal of sorts, and I wanted to expand on that thought.
Blogging can be a lot of things for a lot of people. Some blog for money, some want a lot of readership and some sort of fame on the net, some have a specific theme and just talk about that, some write reviews for products and some like me just blog about their lives and what they are thinking…. The latter is what I do and is the format of the blogs I read. I am just turned off by many blogs these days that seem to be in it only for the money or fame… the posts never feel genuine, like they are coming from the person writing, but are just aiming to please everyone in order to not lose readership…
I started blogging because I needed a place that was my own, to speak my mind without needing to really watch what I say, to rant about things that I don’t agree with, talk about things that I do and to share in the way that I choose to parent. I knew when I started that there would be many who didn’t agree with me, since I was used to that and I was so surprised at the first comments I got from complete strangers, but it showed me that I was not alone in my thinking.
Over the years there have been a few controversial topics that have come up, and because I am not blogging to make money, or have the largest readership, or make everyone happy, I haven’t hesitated in speaking my mind. I have had some awful comments over the years and some heated debates, but I have had more people leave positive comments and I have never felt like I wanted to do anything less than write what is on my mind. Because, when it comes to the end of the discussion, this is my blog, this is a place were I can be myself and really share the way I feel.
That is the beauty of blogging for yourself.
I enjoy your blog, Paxye. I like your interesting recipes, your beautiful photography, and your thoughts about unschooling, AP, childbirth, raising boys…I have made some choices that are very different from yours, but I respect your choices and I love your passion and thoughtfulness. Reading about your choices helps me to be more introspective about my own.
I agree that many blogs feel very commercialized. I don’t understand why people want to put advertisements on their personal blogs.
Hope you keep writing for many more years.
Payxe, your blog is so lovely. I have been so inspired by you and a handful of other mama’s who’s blogs I cherish. In fact you’ve all inspired me to start my own as a way to reflect on our days and weeks and months as they run together.
For me, blogging is all about authenticity. I feel like when I come here (and to others) and am treated with a great dose of true spirit. It’s breathtaking, really. Writing for yourself alone truly puts aside all the “fluff” that some blogs are so filled with. I think knowing who you are really helps with that. You can speak your mind because you know exactly who you are and so you needn’t speak to the masses. You speak from you heart. Does that make sense?
Thank you for being here…and sharing your lovely life with us. I’m very grateful to have found you.
Sorry about the misspelling of your name. Please don’t take it personally…I had sick little boy pulling on my sleeve as I proofread. xo
Thank you both so much for your kind comments… they really do mean a lot to me.
Debbie… no problem at all! I understand completely!
I don’t stop by your blog as often as I would like but I appreciate the topics that you chose to share and the authentic voice you put behind them. Keep your posts coming!