I’ve always been a big fan of beautifully strung together sentences. Fonts that suit the tone of what’s being spoken about. Punctuations that transform a simple thought. Quotes that have layers your mind unwraps with a childlike enthusiasm of opening up a surprise present.

And you come across something like this

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Or this

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And the way you look at words, changes.

For the longest time, I’ve had a journal. It used to be a diary when writing seemed to be our way of expressing opinions no one sought from us. Then came the college literature magazine when realisation dawned how there was a way those carefully drafted stories or couplets could find readers. And then we discovered blogs – those magical spaces where you could write, interact, edit, and update – anytime, anywhere.

So my blog became a dynamic, living, colourful, flexible universe of self-expression. You could post pictures, could write in smart one-liners, review that gorgeous movie or song that you enjoyed or just rant about a bad day.

For 7 years blogging was actually – phases of enthusiastic writing and long spells of uninspired silence. Till a completely random stranger came up with the most amazing yet logical take on blogging that I’ve ever heard. “Blogging is so much more than writing” she said and threw this writing prompt at me which went from a curious enquiry to a deeply probing quandary.

And ‘Why I blog’ became actually the toughest prompt to write about.

More difficult than an opinion piece – coz there you know which side of the table you are and which argument you’d want to make. Tougher than a travelogue or a movie review – coz if there’s anything that’s easy to express than it’s something you can touch , feel , taste , experience.

While writing is a personal agenda, more inward than really outward. Blogging is all about interaction, views, taking a thought to the minds that may or may not think like you. Blogging is about expressing yourself, wait for being judged and if you are really lucky [ Coz you are doing what you are doing, right] then you just might get noticed and sometimes appreciated!

Blogging is about creating a Digital Identity. Its little pieces of you floating around in the cyber-space , amidst all the outrage and noise and millions of voices and images that last for split second. It’s also voluntary, so obviously our attempt to represent oneself should be good enough & close enough to how we really want to be perceived.

After a week of drafting & editing this post inside my head here’s the conclusion. I write because I love words. I blog because I would want to share them with as many people as possible and hope to find some inspiration in return.

This post was written under the #BlogBuddyMavericks Program initiated by @Blogchattter a platform that encourages bloggers to do what they love! #BlogChatter #BlogBuddyMavericks #WhyWeBlog #WritingPrompt

The images of two quotes are sourced from Google and I am grateful to the authors & creater of the images .

 

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11 thoughts on “Why we Blog?

  • November 18, 2015 at 5:35 pm
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    Very well written, specially Blogging is about creating a Digital Identity. Blogging can help you communicate your message and increase your visibility in the markets that matter most to you, while simultaneously adding value to the conversation.

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    • November 18, 2015 at 6:03 pm
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      Thanks for dropping by and taking a moment to comment . I so agree with the point you made about adding value to a conversation… Just like you did just now ! The little joys of blogging 🙂

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  • November 19, 2015 at 12:14 am
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    I agree when you say blogging is about a personal agenda more inward than outward. For me blogging is more of a self introspection and most importantly it just helps me be me. In this world of opinions we are so used to being scrutinized that I find my blogs to be a place where I am just myself and that is sheer bliss 🙂

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    • November 25, 2015 at 4:09 am
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      Yup.. a space to be just me. and perhaps understanding and acceptance is so precious. That’s definitely why we blog dont we?

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  • November 20, 2015 at 12:38 am
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    Chandi your idea of digital identity has opened so many things in my own head. To believe that blogging is only a part of it is now my journey 🙂 But yes all that you have written we wholeheartedly agree, blogs allow us to be us, flawed, shaded opinionated and yet never correct 🙂

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  • November 20, 2015 at 12:54 am
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    How wonderfully elucidated! Indeed you possess an enchanted quill that draws out your lovely thoughts into lovelier words. Also feeling rather inspired by your words. I guess what started as a personal diary for many has found its home in the blogs of cyberworld, to be read and cherished by scores of readers across the globe!

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  • November 20, 2015 at 1:06 am
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    How wonderfully elucidated! You truly possess an enchanted quill that transforms your lovely thoughts into lovelier words. An inspiration for upcoming writers! What started as a hobby or personal diary for many has blossomed into a blogsite in the cyberworld to be accessed, read and cherished by scores across the globe! Lovely read indeed!

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    • November 25, 2015 at 4:11 am
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      Thanks so much Kala . you are so liberal with all the praise ..its so heartening. look forward to having you here more often!

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  • December 2, 2015 at 8:12 pm
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    Such a beautiful reflection Chandni. It is posts like these that make me think more deeply about what I do, which is blogging and writing (I also maintain a diary/journal aside from a digital one- Evernote). Though much of my words remain within papers and apps, reading, touching and uplifting words like these keep me more connected to what I do and motivates me to continue to write, share and keep searching for such gem-like thoughts in our open webspaces. You spend a week on this! That can be seen. I could actually feel the magic that went behind it, or maybe you are naturally poetic in your writing 🙂

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    • December 3, 2015 at 2:05 pm
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      Hello Omkar , for some of us writing is so internal that we seldom believe any one would really understand whatever it is that we are talking about. Its so amazing that you could actually connect with what I wrote and felt moved enough to drop in such a kind note.
      If you felt motivated to keep looking for more such content online and better still create it on your own. The circle of goodness has definitely begun. I did spend a week thinking about how to shape it , but I genereally write at one go and this one I wrote while I was on my way to work at 07:30 AM !!
      You never know when inspiration strikes , we can just thank our stars when it does. Keep believing in the magic ..

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