Why do you blog? A blog hop!

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I had a great response from my mildly soul searching blog post last week exploring why I blog. I posed a bunch of questions on a thread on Mumsnet and got some interesting responses, both on that thread, and on posts other bloggers wrote in response.

When I started the thread I was feeling fed up and defensive about my blogging habit, and questioning the value and motives behind it. At first I just read people’s responses without really thinking about my own. Posts at Low Impact Parenting, Pressies by Pebbles and MumToTeens made me realise that it is not all about the value that the reader or the world in general gets (although that is great) but that bloggers themselves get an enormous amount from it, aside for the self validation and attention that I always assume to be the bloggers motive (they’re mine after all!). By the time I wrote my own post I was back in the game with a more circumspect attitude to my critics (both direct and indirect).

Such was the response, I thought I might have a go at a blog hop, so other people can share their feelings. I’ve never done one before and the process does not come to WordPress naturally, so bear with me and let’s see how this goes.

For reference, these were the questions I posed on Mumsnet, but feel free to write in whatever way you want:
Why do you blog?
What do you get from it?
Is it trivial and is that ok sometimes?
Why should people be interested in what you write?
Do you care if they are not?
If you blog just for you why do it publically?
What value do you think you are adding to the world by blogging?
Do you feel defensive about blogging?

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Reasons to be cheerful blog hop

Stupid WordPress doesn’t allow Linky Tool code so here is a link to a blog hop I have participated in. Mummy From The Heart celebrates a year of Reasons to Be Cheerful.

 

It sounds wanky, but regularly considering things that you are grateful for does seem to correlate with increased levels of happiness. You don’t even have to write them down, just taking a regular time to think about gratitudes is enough. So here are mine for today:

I am thankful for the 10 delicious minutes I had in bed while the baby napped this afternoon

I am thankful for the my morning at knitting group this morning – my fortnightly bit of heaven

I am thankful that my children are both asleep

Happy days :)

Blog hop for new bloggers

Fast growing

Blogging is a fast growing medium, and so easy to do. It is a great equalizer; everyone can have their say. But whether or not you get heard from within the great online white noise can depend on many things, and not necessarily be related to the value of what you have to say. My friend MmeLindor at Salt&Caramel has created a blog hop for new bloggers to showcase their work. WordPress doesn’t let me do linkies to you’ll have to disco on over there to take a look and try and pick out tomorrow’s blog-stars :)