A lot of people ask me why I blog. What is my purpose? What do I get out of it? I’ve thought about it a lot over the 5 + years I’ve been a blogger. I’ve blogged about anything and everything. I’ve blogged for Skirt! a women’s only publication. I’ve blogged for Portrait, an online entertainment magazine. I’ve blogged for myself in two forms…first for a television show known as Vampire Diaries, which I was once addicted to, and then finally for Dreaming of Mommyhood, what you’re reading now.
The one central thing I’ve come up with is that I blog because I like it. No, scratch that. I blog because I love it. I blog because I love the written word. I blog because it’s the only way I can fulfill my dream of being a writer. I suppose I could put myself out there and try to get one of the five partial and completed novels I’ve written published, but I’m terrified of being laughed at or worse, people thinking I’m unintelligent. So, I blog instead because writing is one of my passions.
The reason I bring this up and have entitled today’s post “Passion” is because I’m reading a book co-written by a fellow mom blogger. It’s called “The Digital Mom Handbook”. It’s written by two moms, who like myself were immersed in Corporate America, fulfilling dreams of big careers, illustrious travels, and money. These two moms, after having babies, decided that Corporate America wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, at least not for them. Sacrificing their children’s first moments and memories wasn’t worth the money they would make. Of course, like me, they found themselves starved for anything of intelligent substance, anything that was to keep their brain cells active and fully functioning, so they began blogging. As most of us stay at home moms know, while life may never be mundane it can at times zap you of your intelligence.
I’ve just started reading the book and the first thing these two moms discuss is finding your passion, as clichéd as that may sound. Why do you blog? For them it was because one loved fashion and the other loved writing product reviews. I suppose my passion may be a bit too broad…writing, but it is a passion all the same. I don’t care what I’m writing about, as long as I’m writing. Have I turned that into some extra benjamins in my back pocket? Nope. Would I like to? Sure.
As I started mulling over my passion, I pulled out the five different manuscripts I’ve written, one of which is 640 pages (yes I sat down and wrote a 640 page novel). I’ve had them hibernating away in an old cedar chest that keeps all things valuable to my heart. I don’t know what I’m going to do with them, other than just look at them occasionally and think, “why don’t I submit these to someone?” I have them sitting on the floor alongside my desk in the office right now as I write this. There’s my passion, or part of it.
So, I know why I blog and I know my passion for it, but what I’d really like to know is, why do you all read my blog?
I’ll leave you with this picture, which shows a sampling of my writing, all 2000+ pages of it.