Has anyone ever asked you why you blog?
Or have you ever really thought about your reasons?
I think I have mentioned this before, but for me blogging started as a class assignment. We had a few different options, but I had tried the blogging thing before and I was already reading a few blogs so I decided what the heck!
I already knew I
needed to should lose weight, so that was the perfect direction to go.
Honestly, I didn’t start this blog out with the best of intentions. I guess a large part of me wanted to be “popular” because somehow that would make losing weight easier. Shockingly, within a matter of weeks, I realized that being popular in blog world is no easy task and certainly doesn’t help lose weight. Seems pretty bad, huh?
I can wholeheartedly say that I blog for me!
Blogging, for me, has become more than the comments I get or the weight I try to lose. It’s my personal journal to write all my struggles, demons, successes and dreams. I can reflect on my past and hope for the future. Blogging is a tool for me to figure myself out and make myself a better person. Blogging is an outlet to be real and write truthfully.
I can look back to one of my first posts and remember where I came from.
I can remember what fills me up completely with passion and happiness.
I can remind myself of how good it feels to have a small victory in running.
Just about every step of this journey is documented for me. I would like to hope that I am learning from it and one day I will be better because of it!
Even though I blog for me, blogging still doesn’t make it easier to lose weight. I can write about what I eat or don’t eat, exercises and training plans.
None of that matters if I don’t try.
That whole popularity thing is so insignificant now. I have gained so much more than just some followers. (And I do love all you followers and commentators! <3)
I have gain a new sense of self. I have taken myself to limits I didn’t know I could reach. I have dug up feelings I
didn’t know forgot I had. I have learned things about food, dieting and exercise I didn’t know before. I have learned I can keep going no matter how badly I mess up or fail.
Most of all, I have learned that it is okay to fail!
I have made a few real awesome acquaintances and friends. You ladies and gents should know who you are. Some of you I chat with on Skype or through emails and messages on various social networks. It’s comforting to know other people actually understand. I even took a huge leap to friend someone on Facebook! Lucky for me she turned out to be a pretty special friend! 😉
If it weren’t for blogging I don’t know where I would be with my struggles to lose weight. But I probably wouldn’t believe that losing weight and getting healthy is possible for me. I would probably have given up already and be back to sitting on the couch, eating some red and green Christmas M&M’s!
A week after Thanksgiving and I have realized how thankful I am to have blogging in my life. It’s given me gifts I truly did not expect to receive. As long as I am on this journey I will forever be grateful for that.
Why do you blog? Or what have you learned from blogging?
Well, I have a pretty full weekend ahead of me. I am going to pick up my niece and nephew in Orlando when they get out of school today. Then they are helping me with a Holiday Fundraiser tomorrow. Tomorrow night we are throwing ourselves a little FSU football party since the Florida State Seminoles are playing in the ACC Championship game! And Sunday we will find something exciting to do before my brother comes to pick them up.
Needless to say – I will have lots of fun pictures for you Monday.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!