I was talking about blogging with a friend the other day and started thinking about WHY I blog.
It does take time, of which I don't have much extra of.
I don't make any money off of it.
I am not achieving (or striving to achieve) fame or recognition.
But yet, I do get a lot out of blogging.
For one, I am a writer. I always have been. I don't mean that in the sense of, "I am a talented writer," but in the sense of, "I process things best when I write them down."
I have always been better at writing (or typing) than talking. I share my feelings better when I write them down. I process my thoughts better when I write them down. I work things out and solve problems better on paper. I say what I want to say and what I mean to say when I write it down first. I remember things better when they are journaled. Writing is how I clear my head, organize my thoughts, make plans, sort my feelings, and express myself.
I blog about my family to remember things we've done and share them with family and friends.
I blog about adoption and HIV and special needs kids to try and educate others, fight stigma, advocate for kids in need, and share what I am passionate about.
And I blog about running because I love it. Running is my "me" space. It's the one thing I do in a day that is just for myself. It fills my emotional gas tank back up. It gives me physical energy. It increases my patience and adds balance to my life that leaves me a better mom, wife, adoption coordinator, and person.
I have had a lot of people say that I inspire them. If sharing my journey inspires others, that makes me incredibly happy. But I know that I am not the busiest person on the planet, that lots of other people have lost 75lbs and more, and that there are plenty of people out there who run faster and further than I do. So I am not blogging because I think my story is super amazing or that I am going to change the world.
One of the biggest benefits I have gotten from blogging is all of the connections I have made. I have met so many great people (both on line and in person) through this blog. It is a wonderful and powerful thing to connect to people that share a passion for something you are passionate about, and support you in it. It is fun to talk about workouts (good and bad) with people who understand what you are doing and have gone through similar experiences. It is great to share details of races with people who want to read them. It is awesome to get "good lucks" and "congrats" before a race. It rocks to tell people you qualified for Boston or to share a race time and have them know what that means and what kind of work went into it. There is no one better to get all kinds of running-related advise from than from other runners.There is no inspiration like what you get in hearing the stories of others dreaming big, pushing hard, overcoming challenges, achieving goals, and realizing dreams.
The running community is pretty dang awesome, and I enjoy being a part of it.
So that's why I blog. The need to write about things is part of who I am. I enjoy blogging, and it's how I journal my running journey and how I process it and share it with family, friends and others. And I blog because I love being a part of the running community, and truly am grateful for the friendship, support, knowledge, encouragement and comraderie that I get from it.
Do you blog? Why? :)