This past Saturday, my friend, Imene, and I met with other bloggers at Fitzcarraldo in Brooklyn for brunch. It was great to meet other bloggers face-to-face and get to know their experiences and backgrounds. Sometimes as I write my posts, I feel like I am in no man’s land. There certainly are not many other bloggers where I live so it’s hard to share ideas and frustrations or even bounce around ideas with someone nearby. Even if I were to do these interactions online, there’s only so much I can do without physical interaction.
One of the topics that came up during our conversation on Saturday is why we blog. Personally, I blog for four different reasons. The first is my love for documenting and journaling, which is really what my blog is about. For as long as I can remember, I have always kept a journal — it is crucial for my self-reflection. Keeping a journal is also a cathartic experience that lets me deal with life’s daily stress.
The second reason is that I love using photography as a medium to capture daily moments in life and share it here. Everything in our lives is so fleeting that I feel photography helps capture snippets of our hectic days that otherwise would have been forgotten and unappreciated.
Third, this space here holds me accountable to my life. As many parents know, it is easy to use parenthood as the reason to put your life on hold and live vicariously through your children. This tendency is somewhat inevitable for many given the lack of support network here in the US for parents. I know that I was heading toward this direction if I had not taken the leap and give blogging a try. Through blogging, I feel like I push myself to be current and do things I used to do pre-kids. By doing things for me, I feel like I am a more balanced and happier person and parent.
Last, I blog because I love to share information with others. I think it’s important to focus on the positive and share good news and tidbits with others. God knows how much negativity there is in the media. What about you? Is there a special way you connect and share with others?