I started this little blog about two-and-a-half years ago. I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I began with no expectations, initially using it as a therapeutic tool during quite a difficult time in my life. Since then, the act of writing seems to have taken on a far different role than I ever could have imagined. Of all the creative things that I have started in my thirty-three years, writing is one of the only things that I enjoy and I strive to improve in – I never get bored. Indeed, it hasn’t just improved my life, it’s changed it beyond all recognition.
My blog, like my life and mindset, does not have a particular niche. I like the freedom to be able to discuss lots of different ideas and thoughts and I’ve always avoided remaining on the same topic for too long. I don’t consider myself to be a fictional writer and find it very difficult to create characters and stories (my greatest attempt to do this resulted in a long, drawn out story of a lonely squirrel that I created when I was eleven years old for a school assignment – it was just as boring to write it as it was for others to read it). Instead, I write about things that entertain me, news stories, experiences and adventures within my own life: things that I can relate to and interest me. The lengths of my posts always vary – sometimes, I will write a 2,000 word essay on a major news event, others I will simply post a photograph of something that is important to me, and similarly the response that I receive varies in return.
So why do I write?
1. I love the process of creating a post – thinking, researching, experimenting, creating, editing, publishing, re-editing, interacting and promoting – and I’ve been extremely lucky to meet lots of inspiring people along the way. I often get a sense of gratification from pressing the ‘publish’ button and reading the comments that are left in response.
2. The urge to share. Essentially, writing on a blog invites others into your world. It provides a small window into your life – who you are, what you stand for, your interests and your passions. Through the blogging world I have been introduced to all sorts of topics that I had very little knowledge of, I have shared fellow bloggers ups and downs, seen their families, their traditions, their homes. I’ve learnt about their favourite things in life, books, films, food, music, and have shared my own.
3. Writing is therapeutic. It helps me to work out my problems and concerns, organises my thoughts and allows me to vent any frustrations that I may be having without having to burden those around me. The pen, or in this case, the keypad, is indeed mightier than the sword.
4. In life, I am not a leader. In groups I am often talked over and interrupted by more dominant people, and I am not one who will openly voice opinions on a subject that interests me for fear of being perceived as dull. However, a blank page on my computer screen offers me a million possibilities without fear of interruption, boredom or a change of subject. It gives me a voice.
5. I like the fact that others appear to enjoy what I write. It’s a purely egotistical thing, particularly as I initially didn’t expect anyone to read it. To receive a positive comment almost provides a sense of validation that we don’t often receive as adults.
6. Writing helps me realise that I am not alone. The world can be a lonely and confusing place sometimes – the trials and tribulations that complicate all aspects of life can leave us feeling. Writing, and the interaction that follows has taught me that there are thousands of others that have had similar thoughts and experiences.
7. A legacy? While I don’t feel that my life is in the least bit inspirational, there is still the idea of leaving something behind after I’m gone that appeals to me. Life is short, it could end tomorrow, and if this is what is left behind, then this little blog is proof of my existence.
8. Ultimately, it allows me to reflect on the journey I have travelled and the progress I have made. When I feel negative thoughts creeping in, I revisit my early posts to appreciate how much better things are now and how lucky I am. It’s evidence that I’m going in the right direction.
What about you guys? Why do you write?
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Hi Suzie, thanks for this – an interesting post. I share many of these reasons (number 4 really resonates), but for me the main driver is that my blog is an outlet for a creative itch that I need to scratch! Even if no one read or liked my poetry (and not many do anyway), I’d still do it “for me”.
Thank you! That urge is something I have always experienced but never truly acknowledged until recently! It’s a powerful thing isn’t it!
Writing is my addiction. When I don’t write I get withdrawal symptoms, and the voices in my head drive me mad! But I also write for all the reasons you mentioned, because it brings me great joy. I love spending time in the worlds I create! 😀
I’ve discovered the addiction of it for sure! I love the idea of creating your own world…
“Writing helps me realise that I am not alone.” So so true. I also love the quote in the picture too. I think I write my blog as an outlet and to get peoples input daft as that sounds!
That doesn’t sound daft at all!
I thin my list of why I write is pretty much similar to yours! You’ve summed it up very well. 🙂
Well you inspired me to start writing a blog! I’m a bit all over the place and finding my feet but I have all this random stuff in my head and it’s an outlet like it seems to be for many. I love putting together a piece – researching, investigating, finding something visual to put in there (or try and create it myself). I spend hours reading, I start on one thing which then takes me down another avenue and so on – my head feels like a pinball machine. I’ve found new interests I otherwise would never have come across and old interests have sprung back to life – I feel like an excited kid! So thank You! 😀
I’ve absolutely loved watching your blogs development over the last few months – I’m so pleased you’re enjoying it! Xx
I guess my answer to your question could be a post on its own…
This is a great post, and I do share many of your reasons.
Thanks! Feel free to create your own post – I’d love to hear your ideas on it!
I write fiction, but a lot of your points apply to me as well. Mostly I write to tell the stories that are in my head, because they can’t stay there – there’s not enough room. I love to create the worlds in which these stories take place and I enjoy getting to know the characters who inhabit them.
I find fiction the most difficult thing to do… I tend to write about what I know because I find anything else so difficult!
It was a bit of a shock when I realised for the first time that not everyone else has people running around their heads doing stuff, so it’s never been hard to put it down on paper. Thank goodness we’re all different.
I can relate to your reasons. Writing has open a new world for me and I find meaning in it. Therapeutic, that’s for sure – no denying the fact that it’s helped me through tough times. I also don’t have many expectations for my blog. As of now, I’m enjoying the feeling writing gives me and not to mention the experience and lessons behind the writing/sharing/connecting. Also, it’s been great connecting with other bloggers/writers and like you said, writing helps me realise that I’m not alone. Great blogpost, suzie. It’s always nice when other writers share why they write. In my opinion, a valid question every writer must ask themselves!
Thanks very much Amina! I’m definitely learning new writing lessons every day from the process… And I love the sense of community it brings!
Yes on all of these. I would add for myself: When I was writing a novel, I found it was very solitary. You work for literally thousands of hours by yourself – with no one even knowing what you are doing. Blogging for me is just the opposite – you write, you post, and you interact with an audience immediately. That feels as wonderful sometimes as finishing a novel!
I can totally relate to that – I love the community that comes with the blogging world!
Because I always have…
What I’m discovering is that the truly passionate writers were born with the urge to write it seems – when did you first start?
Each of your reasons are mine as well. However, you put the words into a much better order than I ever could.
Thanks very much Joyce! Are there any more you could add – I’m really interested to find out what others think…
Lovely blog. I blog and write for all of the reasons you’ve listed above. I started writing when I was 12, but didn’t go public until I was over fifty. The years I missed. Glad you’re having fun, pursuing your passion and using your talent. Life is short!
Thanks so much Sandra! What was it that made you start writing at 50?
My husband travels a great deal and my head is full of stories that need to be released! So far I’ve only had time to publish one (self publish), but I’m working on more. So much fun right!
Absolutely! I’ve never had the nerve to self publish anything… What do you write about?
Ghost/adventure stories. Mostly based on things that happened in my misspent, unusual youth. Its certainly fun to write them. How about you?
I just write about personal thoughts and experiences on the blog – there isn’t really a niche… I don’t even fall into the Life Blogger category really!
Well keep it up, its fun. I have a couple of blogs. ‘Stop Talking to me’, for my short stories and to promote my books, and Travel Tales and Mishaps, travelwithsandra.wordpress.com, which is much like your blog. Its a good hobby and its fun. Sometimes you just need to be alone and share your thoughts.
i totally agree, and please forgive me for the late reply! How do you cope with having two blogs?
My travel/general blog is easy to maintain. I’ll blog once or twice a week. Takes twenty minutes or so. The story blog is harder, imagination needs to flow. Only do that once a week. It’s just a routine. I enjoy it too. Barely ever switch the TV on.
Please forgive my late reply – I’m catching up on my comments now and I’ve found a few in my spam folder… So sorry! It sounds like you’re really busy!
I write because I have all these quirky little ideas and stories bouncing around in my head and I have to put them somewhere. I write because I love words and what one can do with words.
The love of words… Definitely can understand that notion!
Lovely insight into your process and muse.
Thanks so much Sharon!
Great post again, Suzie. For me, writing has always been like breathing…an automatic process required for survival. I am quite a talker and I love being with people so I think writing could also be a way of talking when no one’s around.
I am also trying to sort out so many things in my head and writing helps that process. I guess this is because I ask complex questions and the writing helps me pursue the answers…or perhaps just more questions xx Rowena
Thanks Rowena! I’m the same with the idea of talking when nobody else is around – except with blogging there is always someone around to have a chat with – that’s why I like it so much!
What an awesome list, Suzie! I love every single point you listed! For me, I write because it really does make me happy sharing my thoughts about seeing Chicago from a Canadian point of view. In school we always had to write papers with the subject, “compare and contrast”. It used to drive me crazy, but now I quite like the idea of looking at things and finding the similarities and differences. Cher xo
Ooh compare and contrast – now that brings back memories! I love that idea too – looking at the same thing from different perspectives… Thanks Cher!
I guess we all had to do that in school! *LOL* 🙂 Yes, exactly; it’s quite fascinating as an adult! As a kid, not so much! hehehehe Cher xo
I was one of those geeks who loved writing essays as a teenager… I’d go back and punch myself if I could – I should have given myself a bit more of a life haha!
Hahaha Well I didn’t start liking the whole essay writing thing until University; but I think I should go back and punch myself for NOT studying more as a teenager!!! 🙂 🙂
In no particular order:
2. Distraction from harmful or hurtful behaviours/feelings
3. What the ultra-introverted person in me would say if I were extroverted and able to just meet people easily.
4. Connections with people in the same situation I am in, whichever situation that is I am writing about that day.
I think that’s an awesome list… Which one would you put at the top do you think?
I write because it’s the way I express myself. Because I can’t not write 🙂 And I love words, I love moving them around to create pictures. There was a hashtag recently called #WhyIWrite and I tweeted it with ‘Because words create worlds’. I write because I can’t paint the stories I see in my head. Gosh, lots of reasons, really 🙂 And it has led me to places I didn’t expect, and to lovely people I wouldn’t have met otherwise, yourself included.
I love that sentence – I write because I can’t not write… It’s only since I started blogging that I realised just how passionate true writers are about their craft… And I agree – it’s led me to meeting you and other lovelies!
This is a great post Suzie, to me more so because i am having a tough time trying to think of something to write.
Suffering from bloggers block?
Yes, i was for a while but now i got some stories going on in my head.
Love this and it’s all so true! I wrote a similar post on my blog explaining why I write and it’s pretty similar to yours. Above all things, I write because I want to – no, I NEED to – and because I love it 🙂
Thank you! I can totally relate to that – the need to write surpasses anything else!
Great reasons. Here’s a question though…random as always, if you had to hand write every blog post would you still love it?
I wrote my first three months of blog posts in a journal before I started it, and then wrote them up when I started the blog. I still love handwriting now…
Cool idea. I get cramp if I write too much these days. Mind you I also get numb hands from holding iPad too long. Guess it’s an age thing. Age really is creeping up on me. I actually find myself saying and doing “old men” things. Like yesterday I thought to myself it would be a good idea to carry a comb with me at all times. Scary!
A comb? Please tell me you have a handkerchief too? Mind you, aren’t you 45 next year? 😉
I hope WordPress follows Facebook and gets a dislike button! 🙂
I think a FU button would be more appropriate 😉
Or a “you flaming Galla button” in fact any Alf Stewart from Home and Away sayings would be good lol
Or that fist bump that they do in Friends…
It started out for me as a creative outlet which then turned into a gratitude journal.
At one point it was my reason to get out and do something different each day so I could write about a new topic.
There was a few exciting months when I tried all manner of activities, until I realized that the act of observation released a whole new range of blogs ideas even when I was basically doing the same things week in/week out.
So this New Years project of mine is an evolutionary process that has enriched my year and my life.
I absolutely love that idea! It’s amazing how it can change the way we live our lives isn’t it?
Suzie, I blog because it’s therapeutic and I enjoy the process of formulating and writing a post. I stick with it because it has become a passion of sorts and because I’ve come across some very wonderful people on WordPress…like you!
Aww thanks! Ditto! I love the community within the blogging world!
To prove to the world that I still exist. 🙂
I looked at your comment and interpreted it in so many ways…
I was just being my usual wise ass self. 🙂
Why do I like to write? It’s my way to express myself creatively ,it’s something I have always been able to do since I was young. I always wanted to be a baseball player then when I got past a point in life when that wasn’t possible …I thought about being a song writer and a singer…ok I dream big …but writing has always been there …when I started blogging back in 2012 it was like you said it was therapy for me work out some issues I was having in my personal life,in fact I didn’t know anything about blogging lol. It was my ex girlfriend who suggested that I blog and said it would be a good way into writing …so I like to write because deep down I am a writer at heart.
Love your thoughts on it… I’m intrigued by the songwriter/singer thing too – I’m a musician and I find that really interesting… What sort of music do you do?
R&B mostly but I would like to write a love song in Spanish.
You always want to stretch yourself as a writer whether it is as a songwriter or writing a novel
From starting out to nor knowing what a blog was to writing a daily blog on sports and personal blog it has been alot of fun and I am looking forward to stretching myself further.
That’s great! The journey is almost as fun as the writing itself!
Yes it is sometimes I have to pinch myself on how much writing I have done.
The act of writing becomes part of us. The urge to write, to create something out of nothing. This was inspiring. Thank you.
Thank you! I love the process of creating something from nothing – it’s so satisfying!
This will seem a bit heavy but I was sent this link about life having meaning and that leading to happiness – the point being pursing happiness for itself is flawed but if happiness ensues then that is what happens if life has meaning. I think discovering I enjoy writing, I have things I’d like to get down and share is a part of what gives life meaning for me – there are many others but this is in the top five and that’s why I write, because happiness ensues. http://www.businessinsider.com/a-lesson-about-happiness-from-a-holocaust-survivor-2014-10?IR=T
Absolutely loved this link, and what an inspiring story! I was talking about the happiness of pursuit the other day – seeking happiness instead of just being happy by doing… I always find it amazing how people who have suffered so much can do such great things…
That’s very true. Renewed purpose or something
Very interesting post to read and to ponder–I need more time to think it through but thanks for raising the topic!
Thanks my lovely! How are things with you?
Great reasons, Suzie. Many of them I share with you, some I hadn’t thought about. I’ve always loved writing, although in my case, apart from writing of the things I like (books, movies) and subjects that interest me or I study (mental health…), I also love fiction and always enjoyed both reading and telling stories. And I agree about what a great it is to meet people. Amazing!
Thanks! Which one do you find the easiest to write?
Your reasons for writing seem to be so like mine! I could really relate to this post a lot. I think blogging has helped me discover the real me, which is a revelation! Where have I been hiding all these years? I’ve made a lot of mistakes career wise but I suppose those bad decisions have made me who I am. Hopefully experience will make me a better writer in the long run, well that’s what I try to tell myself. I’m a dreadful slow coach for being such a late developer!
I love that you’ve found who you are through the process of writing… That’s why I love it so much!
Thanks Suzie, yes it’s remarkable how writing and blogging has developed me as a person. I am much more adventurous than I used to be, and I certainly have writing to thank for that. 🙂
I so agree with you… I have similar reasons.
What would you put at the top of your list?
sorry for late reply….I think now I write because I feel responsible in creating readable posts not only for sake of my feeling of accomplishment but for all those who visit and like my posts
I really like that!
Reblogged this on Among the Whispers.
Thanks so much for the reblog!
Not a problem. I was too lazy to respond to your question at the end, so I just reposted the entire thing because your list pretty much includes the reasons I write.
I love this!! 🙂
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I write because I love it. I write because I MUST!
I love that so many people have responded with the fact that it’s something that they have to do… Makes me realise that my writing urge is not an unusual one!
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