Of all the ones thrown at me, the most frequent one would be “What’s the point of blogging?”
I have heard it so many times, it almost became a cliche.
For people who do spend lots of time being on-line, it is indeed a challenge to stay calm sometimes.
It can even make all the difference between the ‘real life’ folks and the rest of us, if we let it. The thing is, what is my answer?
What is blogging to me?
Having done this for several years, on different types of blogging platforms – macro and micro – I must say that I’m still not as expert as so many other senior bloggers out there. All I have is my own experiences; the ups and downs – the sweet and bitter times – the true friends and the not so true ones – and so on and so forth.
There were hard times such as well! Such as when the government decided to close the access for people in my country into several social media sites because people there shared a certain video made by a Dutch man that was banned down here. It changed my entire political choice for real! Why? Because there’s no democracy in closing our access to those sites like that!
Having said all that, as a non expert, I guess all I can say about the reason for blogging is, I believe everybody has a voice and it is a basic human right to express it! Nobody should be given the right to take someone’s voice away from him / her! So to me, blogging is the way to express my voice in my own ways.
But it doesn’t stop there!
Believe it or not, on-line life is as hard as the real life. A lot of things may happen in such unexpected ways and they can take my voice away from me, if I let them. Yes, it has happened before. There were times when I couldn’t even write a single paragraph – let alone an entire blog!
It helps a lot, of course, to be surrounded by people who support you. Not because of what you have or what you can do or all that jazz but because of who you are – doing what you love doing. I can also use a lot of things to help me keep going; pictures, ‘how to’ blogs, social media tools and quotes!
When it comes to quoting, I don’t do it just for fun. Instead, when I quote someone, my entire being means it! So I’m doing it not because I want to give some people a hint or something like that. I’m doing it because I believe in those words shared by great people before me.
Here are my seven all time favorite quotes:
Last words: Don’t let anybody take your voice away from you!
Pictures on the slide were posted on my Flickr