Day 3 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : Why Do I Write?
I have always been a "writing person" - be it long letters to friends, or just random articles written before a particularly difficult exam, to take my mind off the exam pressure. Even before anybody knew about blogging, I had my own "personal blog" of sorts, hosted on free geocities, and built in HTML, where I loved to write.
So why do I write then?
Sometimes I write to connect with people, share stuff from my life with them. Sometimes, I just want to share my views and opinions. At times, I may want to share a good read that inspired me or touched me in some way. Then there are those occasional spells when I feel this incurable urge to inspire and motivate people... like the very first round of daily-blogging I did here (September 2010 - Live Life series). These spells have become more and more infrequent in the recent times though. Maybe I've become more detached.
Anyway, coming back to the topic in hand, mostly I write just to express myself. It is so difficult these days to have a proper conversation with people, where they actually listen to you and let you complete whatever you are saying. Jet age? I guess so. Everybody does seem to be in a rush. They always seem to believe they already know what you're going to say next. So they don't even let you finish. Like I said, very difficult to talk to most people. Hence, this space. I can rant here. I can laugh here. I can feel sad here. In short, I can freely give vent to whatever emotions I may be experiencing, and all you lovely readers patiently 'hear' me out (ok, 'read' me out!) and, occasionally, even stop by to offer a few kind words.
That's not all though. There are a few other reasons too that make me write/blog. Sometimes, I have to record stuff for my own later use. For example, these recipes. I try various permutations and combinations from the net, and finally narrow down to that one perfect recipe that works for me. But by the time I make that dish the next time, I've usually forgotten my past experiences with it! Therefore, I find it best to record it someplace where I'll be able to find it easily.
At times, though very rarely, I also try to share stuff that I've learnt, mostly in the blogging section here. Writing good quality knowledge base articles takes some time though. Especially if you're prone to be a perfectionist like me. (Posts must be well-formatted, perfectly spaced and aligned, with supplementary images, and a whole lot of other nonsense!) So I don't do this type of writing as often as I'd theoretically like to.
At times I write to explore my creativity. As of now, even this happens very rarely. I have attempted very few styles of writing outside my 'comfort zone'. For example, fiction and poetry are still majorly unexplored areas for me so far. And I've never even attempted any form of macro writing... 55-F, 77-F, Haiku. For me, writing a 250-word long post is macro enough! :P But yes, there have been rare moments when I have managed to write something unusual and creative. Till now, they have happened on their own... i.e. spontaneously... without me actually putting an effort into it. Perhaps one day I'll start making a conscious effort to attempt new things in writing.
P.S. - If you ask my Dad or sister about why I write, their response would be quite different. They'll just say - "Oh we got fed up of listening to her go on and on and on... so she had to find some other poor souls to torture. Better you than us!"
This is my third post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "Saying 'No'"
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