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Paul’s Random, Annoying Question of the Moment

Why do you blog?

About a dozen years ago, my therapist got it into his twisted and warped mind (we’re highly compatible, Arun and I) to nag me to blog until one or the other of us was defeated in exhaustion. Took him six months, but he won.

But if that were all there was to it nowadays, I would post maybe twice, maybe three times a month.  I post far more often than that (during my active periods).  So why lay on the work of posting up to five times a day — or even more?

Too many reasons now to list them all in a short post. But perhaps this one will interest you. Writing is the best way I know of to clarify something — so long as you write honestly.  The only time writing to clarify has ever failed to make things at least a little bit clearer to me is when I’ve strayed from the path of honesty.

Beyond that, writing to an audience (as opposed to merely writing to myself) is the best way I know of discovering my best voice.

By “best voice”, I mean the most honest self-expression I can manage and still communicate with at least one other person in this world.

The way I see it, to communicate we much compromise.  Compromise between the truth as we see it, and the ability of someone else to “get” what we say about it.  Words are like that.  Words by their most fundamental nature force that compromise upon us.

In blogging, I have discovered an excellent way to find and learn to express my best voice.

Does any of that make sense?

Why do you blog?

13 thoughts on “Paul’s Random, Annoying Question of the Moment”

  1. Makes perfect sense to me. I didn’t so much start blogging to be introspective, or go sperlunking into my deep caverns, as to give voice to my creative writing. I have always loved to write. In primary school I once got a 10/10 for a descriptive essay about a thunderstorm. The teacher would have given me more if he could! I don’t know what happened to that essay. It would be interesting to read it now.
    What totally surprised me about blogging was the connections and friendships that have evolved from it. I treasure those as much, if not more, than the writing itself.

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    1. You write with extraordinary clarity, in my opinion. I sometimes fail to get what you mean, but it’s rare.

      Indeed! Connecting with people is at least half the fun. Surprised me too. And it also surprised me how supportive the WordPress community is.

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  2. Why Do I Blog…. What else am going to do with all my fucking spare time….. No, honestly, what else am I going to do with this bedroom full of fucking poems……. No, fair dinkum, what else am I going to do with all these fucking thoughts flying around in my skull…….. No, really and truly, who else is going to fucking believe me, about all these crazy dreams that I write about, and post on this fucking blog site……. Well it’s betterer than working on a fucking building site as a plumber…. that’s the fucking honest truth of it all…….. Any how I think it’s not worserer……does that somehow clearly explain, Why I blog….. Yours. Half Sincerely. Ivor………….

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  3. I remember writing this somewhere that blogging and thus writing is cathartic. It’s venting out to the world anonymously that comes about when you seek a patient ear.

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      1. It works and doesn’t. I guess it’s one of the means to vent out. In other cases writing is just because you have all these words and sentences inside your head that are screaming to be penned..

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