Why Do You Blog?
After reading Ziff’s posts on bloggernacle sites activity levels, I’ve been thinking about what kind of niche Exponent II has in the bloggernacle, and more personally, about why I blog.
When I found the bloggernacle, through Feminist Mormon Housewives, I was elated to find a community who shared some of my questions about the church. At first I was looking for answers, but as time went on, all I found were more questions. It felt like I had opened Pandora’s box and nothing would ever be neatly wrapped in a tidy doctrinal package anymore. At times I was overwhelmed with anguish, grief, and despair. Then I realized I needed this online community for support and understanding, not for answers.
Acknowledging the difference has been very powerful for me.
So, here I am, 16 months later, welcomed warmly by the women here at ExII and happy to have such a wonderful home on the bloggernacle. Now, in addition to seeking for support and understanding, I can offer these things to fellow bloggers who are going through similar challenges.
Although it varies from day to day, I have more peace with my place in the church and in the world as I continue to blog regularly. Part of that has been meeting some of my bloggernacle friends face to face, and developing Real Life friendships. Two of these fabulous women are EmilyCC and MRaynes who have shown me how to strike the difficult balance between holding on to feminism and holding on to the church. The other part has been recognizing that difficult questions will always be there, and life wouldn’t be the great learning experience that it is without them. Blogging is my way of accepting this and connecting to others in a meaningful way.
So, I’m asking those of you who comment regularly, or who read regularly and rarely comment, or even those who are here for the first time. (and here I refer to blogging as any kind of writing on LDS blogs, be it posts or comments)
Why do you blog?
Have your reasons for blogging evolved over time?
How has blogging helped or hurt you?
What kind of posts do you most like to read?
How does blogging relate to your church/religious experience?