Why Do You Blog?

My social media profile used to be entirely self centred. All I was interested in was getting more likes, more followers and more retweets. I used to have almost 10,000 followers on Twitter. But that was never enough, I always wanted more.

I portrayed myself as the wittiest, cleverest person on the internet. I craved the spotlight like a sponge soaks up water. My online life became more important than my real life. I ignored the people who mattered as I was more interested in myself and my own ravenous ego. I was consumed by the self to the expense of my spiritual and mental health.

The wheels came off in spectacular fashion and, after that, I stayed off social media for a long time. I was ashamed of the person I had become. I was embarrassed by my online activities. I was a fraud, a liar and a joke. I never wanted to see another tweet or Instagram photo for as long as I lived. They epitomised everything I hated about myself. They were the blackest of mirrors reflecting a side of me I despised.

So why do I blog? Well…. Fionnuala encouraged me to come back as she felt I had a story to tell. And yes, it has been for partly selfish reasons. It has allowed me to write, to express my hopes and fears; to exercise my creative muscles; and to exorcise some demons from the past. Through the blog I have learnt more about myself and those I love. Blogging has become an important part of my life. But not the most important part.

This time round I have reflected on my past failings but moved the spotlight from myself onto others. My past online career thrived in the shadows but this blog is about shining a light that will cut through the darkness; to expose the demons and shine a path to restoration and healing. To offer a lifeline to others who are suffering and struggling in silence. Too damaged to reach out for help in the real world.

Too hurt. Too many confidences betrayed. Too many promises broken. Once bitten twice shy. I know, I’ve been there. But broken bones can mend. A fractured faith is still a faith. Belief can be restored and hope can grow back even on the most rocky, barren soil. Recovery is possible. Believe me I know.

I see such pain and loneliness online. I see people consumed by addiction, illness and abuse. They need to know they are not alone. They need to know that there is life and freedom on the other side. I’m here to guide them there in any small way I can. I don’t have qualifications but I do have experience. I want to help. I need to help.

So I blog. And I pray for people who don’t even know I read their cries for help. That’s why I’m here. A passion needs a purpose. This is mine online.

Why do you blog?

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  1. So many things to say here!
    First: your way of describing things is one of the funniest I have read (the other day I was showing your posts to my sweet half… and were laughing at the restaurant with the waiters looking at us weirdly.. 😄)
    Second: luckily Fionnuala encouraged you to do that! I look for your posts like a puppy for the walk of the day (… and no… I don’t always have witty comparisons 😂)
    Third: I started blogging a couple of weeks ago after an emotional turmoil (I thought I was the only one getting a cathartic experience through writing but it looks like we’re many out there…)
    Forth: yes, we’re many suffering /having suffered/struggling/looking for truth and purpose and just friendship and just human warmth… and guess what? Thanks to this virtual thing called internet we are making connections and the number of likes means “hey! I thought I was alone thinking like that and look how many we are”, or “you are not weird, sister/brother who thinks that there’s something wrong about not being meshed in the crowd”, and finally… yes… our feelings about ourselves are better!
    Thank you for provoking these thoughts and, so grateful we crossed paths!
    🤗🤗🤗

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  2. I admire your openness. I’m sure you are helping people. You help me. I look forward to your posts. I don’t feel friendless now that I’ve met such wonderful people here on WordPress.

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  3. Good question.

    I guess I feel I have a story to tell.

    I used to have a WordPress blog called Naltrexone Confidential which was very much about promoting The Sinclair Method as a treatment method for alcohol addiction, but what happened was that it got a bit too invaded with trolls and I ended up walking away from that, leaving it to my writing partner – which was quite a hard thing to do, but at the time I was just absolutely fed up with things.

    …Then some time later I started to really miss blogging and wanted to come back with a new blog, but something much more personal this time – less like just “an informercial” for the recovery method that I was championing, you know? Which is how I eventually created The Free Pigeon Press.

    But yes, you’re right in your observation- there is an element of egotism to writing… how can there not be? It’s all about me, after all.

    Recently I’ve started using the blog in a more experimental way, actually (posting YouTube videos that me and my friends have done, for instance)… and it’s changed a good bit as I’ve found my voice… there’s a lot more humour in my posts these days, for example.

    But what I really like about WordPress is that it’s not just a platform, it’s a community – and I really enjoy looking at other people’s blogs (like yours, for instance) because it’s surprising what you can learn from other people, I think… especially people from vastly differently backgrounds. It’s surprising where you find inspiration.

    Anyway, thanks for your post.

    Take care, now.

    Peace and love,

    GARY

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  4. Your messages inspire me. I blog because the Lord asked me to tell my story. I didn’t feel comfortable doing that but I’ve done it anyway. I like to write. I don’t feel especially gifted, but enjoy writing. Your blog is one of the first things I like to read in the morning. Thank you and please keep blogging!

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  5. I blog because Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) You and I know all too well the darkness that exists around and in so many people; may the sharing of the light of Jesus touch many for His kingdom!
    Chuck

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  6. I started writing again after I started recovery. I wrote horror, dark poetry, fantasy. I was really pleased with myself doing this. Then, I discovered that my writing was taking me deeper into my darkness, further into my insanity and transforming me into what I feared most.

    I thought writing was over for me.

    Then, I started writing as part of the steps to recovery, taking a personal inventory daily. I enjoyed it immensely. I was new to this honest approach to acknowledging my flaws and faults and digging deep into God’s Word to hear him speak about how to change.

    I discovered that writing could not only take me deeper into darkness but draw me closer to God’s light. Writing was beginning again.

    Then came the day I made that first post public, exposing myself truthfully in ways that I would never have done in the past. I would rather have people believe a horrible lie about me rather than see that person I really was. I didn’t know what people would think about the words of honesty and hope I was striving to share.

    Needless to say, I’m not the most widely read guy in the world or even the state of Missouri, but I feel I have a place here pointing others to be courageous and chase after a life that has eluded them, to strive for transformation and restoration.

    I guess that’s a better goal in life than to scare the living daylights out of somebody or make them contemplate evil in frightening new ways.

    I read your blog because it touches me in the same way I want to touch others. Thanks!

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  7. Awesome! I blog because I know I have a calling to spread hope. And being so active online and on social media, I see that hope is very needed in those areas. So I blog in hopes of spreading some type of light to those who are searching for it…This is awesome…keep going!

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  8. I blog because I have a story to tell, and hope that I can inspire others with it.

    Like you, this is my return to it. The first time, I started with good intentions, and then got caught up in the validation I got from readers and comments. Even after I relapsed and returned to using meth, my writing was a success – although I was a fraud… writing while as high as could be.

    I write to let others know that recovery is possible, and even someone like myself who had his child taken away, can get a life back, and get the child back, and then be a good parent for years without any chance of returning to a life of drugs and confusion.

    Of course my message is a little different to yours – mine is all about taking personal responsibility and finding your way without gods or a belief in any such things. But to each their own – your way works and is certainly more popular than mine, but I like to try to emphasize that there is hope for all of us, no matter how bad it seems and no matter what we believe. And we can all be there for one another, living in this world which is not really a bad place, a world where we can coexist despite our differences and make it through this struggle together, learning from approaches and people who are different to ourselves.

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  9. In a few weeks, I will be acknowledging eight years of daily blogging. I started with “A Simple, Village Undertaker” and this past Summer I stopped posting there (3,800 posts) and started “Mitigating Chaos”. I blog to amuse myself and if anyone else enjoys my view/appreciation of things, all the better. I have nurtured relationships with people in several countries and I enjoy learning about their reality.

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      1. Two reasons: first, I retired from funeral service and was looking for my “retirement job” and didn’t want to be pigeonholed. More importantly, I had used up all my free storage space on WP and they were going to start charging me about $120.00 a year for extra space. Since I don’t make a penny on the blog, I saw no use in paying for it, so I started another one, which is almost identical to the first one. The header photo is a picture of Galway Bay, taken by my daughter who spent a few months studying there

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  10. Interesting topic!
    I started blogging… I’m not sure if I’m really doing that! 🙂 I’ve had a problem expressing my soul through arts, because all I knew about my whole life was the rational thinking.
    I’ve been learning for some time now to learn to express from my heart, but I never planned on doing that in form of a blog or in English language.
    But recenty I had a heartbreak, and each time my heart brakes some new way of expressing is set free, so this blog happened.
    My goal is to let my soul speak. 🙂

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  11. I blog so I can share the Gospel with everyone!
    Matthew 5:14-16 says “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a stand and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.”

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  12. The reason I blog is because I want to make an impact on people’s lives by giving them a biblical perspective on situations and circumstances that happen in their lives. I find joy in giving others a new God-perspective.

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  13. I haven’t thought about it in that context really. I blog for fun mostly – I also have an interest in creating business interest with it. However, it is turning into more of just a past time for me. I rarely post pictures of myself, which I think is important to keeping the content about the subject matter. I am on most other main stream social media and I do know what you are referring to.

    I am surprised slightly here that you have several comments about blogging to spread the Gospel. I am very surprised by that. It gives me hope that we are not as broken as it may appear. Thanks for bringing your story to the readers.

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  14. My original blog stated my reason for blogging. I Am called me to be “fingers on the keyboard”. Still when I drift away He calls me back and has strengthened my life with the blogs that I follow! Ever teaching me in ways that I cannot see because I view them as if “through a mirror” .. I learn trust and submission with humbleness. My pain is healing, I seek my identity through Jesus, My King and I too reach out to those who have stumbled into the same painful potholes that I have. My testimony brings hope as other’s testimonies give me hope. We are One and the Joy of the Lord …IS MY STRENGTH.

    Keep it coming my friend, run the race, get your crown.

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  15. Good question. I didn’t totally understand blogging when a publisher suggested I start to blog. I argued that I wasn’t interested as I was certainly not ready to share myself and my message on the internet. Along with being an introvert I am also not fond of social media and my work schedule didn’t accommodate the time. (do you notice that was all about me?)

    My husband told me to do it. I struggled and complained like a child and again he said “do it.”

    More than I ever imagined, I now read and pray for others hurts, pains, questions and yearnings along with their physical, mental and spiritual struggles. I also get to celebrate spiritual blessings along the way.

    In short, it’s all about Him! I believe relationships should glorify the Lord, even virtual relationships, and I focus on sharing His forgiveness, grace, mercy and redemption.

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  16. i began blogging in order to fight the stigma of mental illness by sharing my experience, as well as giving myself the opportunity to write/revise daily (I write my posts sometimes weeks ahead of time). But my psychiatrist told me that most importantly, I should write for myself. He told me not to worry about how many followers I have or if anyone reads my blog. I should be doing this for myself.

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  17. I rarely post anything on Facebook or Instagram. Those social media networks are incredibly fake. On WordPress I feel like I have a voice. I can express my pain in raw detail and not have to impress others by doing so. If I make typos or use the incorrect word combination-so be it.
    WordPress is a way for me to decompress and to write about real things that are happening in my life. In doing so, I have found others who have experienced or are experiencing the same trial I have been on for the past 17 years.
    The blogs on WordPress are truly inspiring to me. Some are talented writes, photographers, or ordinary people like myself.
    Thank you for your blog and your uplifting writings. They have touched my heart.

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  18. I started my blog for fashion and lifestyle. When my Eating Disorder came about i made it my mission to make people aware that men suffer too. I want to make sure that no man should be afraid to reach out for help no matter whether it is for ED’s or for mental health reasons. My blog helps me get rid of the demons and thoughts that bombard my head on a daily basis it is a release for me.

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  19. I shared this once before so I hope it was not here. I began blogging because publishers/editors instruct writers to create a platform to promote themselves. I did but something was missing. In that still small voice God uses with us at times, He spoke to my heart and said my purpose must point to Him. I was to promote Him, not me. If it is for one or many that is why I write/blog. He will give the increase according to His plan and purpose. Thanks for giving me another opportunity to remind myself.

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  20. Great post! I started blogging as a way to journal my thoughts and experiences. Putting things into writing is cathartic. It also helps me see how silly my thinking is when I “speak it” into writing. The other reward is finding blogs such as yours that offer wisdom and experience. Keep blogging! 😀

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  21. This is so true. We become addicted to social media and get joy out receiving “likes” and compliments, but fail to truly appreciate these things. It’s also interesting how people put up false facades of who they are on social media so that they seem normal and happy, yet in reality they may be suffering or miserable. I know I’m guilty of that. I went to blogging because I needed a creative and therapeutic outlet to pour my feelings out. I also greatly want to help people and bring awareness to things I discuss on my page. Blogging has really helped with my depression and anxiety tremendously.

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  22. I blog because I want to let others know there is hope no matter what life throws at you. If I can find hope in the middle of what seems like it is hopeless so can others. God is my light but I hope to teach practical ways to live because someone did that for me.
    You have a great blog and I believe you do the same. 🙂

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  23. Wow. You have a great platform here. It is so encouraging to see blogs like this, that have impacted so many.
    I am brand new to the “blogging” world. My main reason for starting was the encouragement from my loved ones. I am a home “chef” if you will… My best girlfriend and my husband told me for years that I should bake to sell, or find some way to “be my own boss” and maybe make some money from being in the kitchen since that is 100% my happy place. Well, one day my husband said ” I’ll help you set up a blog, if you will come up with the content.” He is a technology whiz. He knows all the ins and outs that I probably never would of thought of… and well, almost 2 months later here I am lol! Participating in my first Blogmas!
    I love to cook, and I hope that by sharing this passion with others, the maybe someone out there might be a little more inspired or encouraged to get in the kitchen too.
    Keep up the great work, and thanks for asking!

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  24. Why do I blog? Interesting question. I am not a writer, never could write well, struggled with it in school. Learned how to write basic stuff that I needed for my career in Corporate Communication (seems strange to say I had a career in Corp Comm when I can’t write). I could write plans and executive summaries, even basic letters to fellow employees. I coordinated complex marketing plans and devised strategic communications, all without the benefit of strong writing skills. Now I write, but it’s really not me that’s doing the writing. God has given me this gift late in my life, so that I can take those experiences that I’ve gone through, and craft messages that hopefully bring hope and insight into a simple Christian’s walk in faith. That’s why I blog. Perhaps there’s someone out there, that will read what I’ve written, and begin to understand that we’re all flawed and that God wants us anyway. If only one person comes to Christ as a result of what God’s put into my thoughts and channeled onto a blog post, well then that’s why I blog. It’s not me, it’s God.

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  25. They say defining purpose keeps you on track. So why do I blog?
    I love writing as a person. Then I started growing and realized that not everyone young person like me has full understanding of God’s love, promises and expectations from us. Not everyone had parents that patiently explained the scriptures with daily life. I’m online blogging because I want to share with people how real God is. How he shows not just in my faith but in my life. And I hope to make cl at to myself and others that true Christianity is not in the church but on the street. And I had a little shove from my family 😊

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  26. I received a very clear and distinct prompting from the Holy Spirit to start my initial blog, Daily Thankful. As you know, I have retired that one, and now I’m blogging in a new direction. The prompting was more subtle this time, but I’m still enjoying the process, and the Lord is teaching me much along the way – especially through other people‘s blogs, like yours.

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  27. Hello and a very big thank you for the honesty you have used on your blog as it did play a really big role in me seeking help from the local mental health unit at the hospital.
    I am currently in a major depressive episode and my anxiety was in effect keeping me in my room. I also have joint injuries from a work-related accident. I had some form of seizure in June (9-day coma) that the medical profession is still trying to work out what it was, and just how to treat it as I am showing brain damage. I feel that most people do not understand the mental strain that the constant pain and inabilities have on those of us unlucky enough to suffer from it.
    My doctor suggested that I started blogging as I am an English teacher and have been a passionate reader and writer since I was a very young child. I started simply to try to retrain my brain to gather a thought together and then get it on to the blank page. I then started to read others words because you tapped into my work and it made me want to see how others wrote.
    So to answer your question…I write so I can fix my brain, because I love it, and I read so I can get an insight into the minds of my fellow writers.
    A heartfelt thanks for your extension to me went I first started blogging.

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  28. I like your reasons for blogging and in many ways that is why I blog primarily through my poetry. Experience is more powerful than qualifications and oftentimes the only way to help others going through difficult situations. Keep blogging!

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  29. This may sound strange, but to me it is a calling. I write for my own recovery and therapy. It hurts to not write it all down. I blog to share my experiences in hopes of leting people know they are not alone.

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  30. We have similar reasons. I share my thoughts, my life, even share my mentor/Pastor who has taught me so much. But much more than that, I pray for people. I hope I help at least one person in some way to get through another day. 🙂

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  31. Do you remember the children’s song “Hide it under a bushel? NO! I’m gonna let it shine!” That little song kept playing in my head while I Iay in bed recovering from Mono.
    God has rescued me so many times. He has proven that He was with me, even when I didn’t deserve it. “I’m a closet Christian!” I thought. “My light is hidden under a bushel. No doubt about it.”
    I couldn’t get the song out of my head. Feeling convicted about my private relationship with the Lord, I got the idea to write a blog.
    Before long, I knew that the Lord was giving me a strong desire to write about the things He has done for me. That was in March. Now, nine months later, I am a real blogger! It’s all I want to do! (And there are even a few people who actually follow my blog!)
    I don’t express myself well when speaking, but if I can write what I want to say, well that’s a different story.
    I asked Jesus to be my Savior when I was 6 years old. Now I’m 66! I’m not your regular “raised in church” Christian. My journey has been up, down, and all around, but I have always known that Jesus is in my heart.
    That’s why I blog about the Lord’s love and faithfulness. I write to encourage real Christian women who have real problems. I share “My Journey Unscripted”.
    Cindy

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  32. Thanks for your honesty here. Blessings to you. I write only for ONE! I went to a Christian writer’s conference several years ago and the main question asked was this: if only one person followed your blog, would you still write? My answer was yes…….and in the process GOD came alongside to guide me. I know HIS words do not come back void. So I pray before I write for HIM to illuminate an idea or word that HE needs me to convey. Yes, I have followers, but never keep count. What is important is that I am HIS instrument and I know what I write encourages others.
    Let us all keep blogging……there is enough bad out there in social media. Let us be the voice in the darkness.

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