Today is a day I don't have a lot of motivation. Last night we were out late with friends (and by late I mean around 10:30) and today I'm off work and I have a lot of things to get done, so blogging isn't really a priority of mine. Yet, here I am. Blogging about not wanting to blog.
I have been asked, by myself and numerous other people, why do I blog? Why do I enjoy putting myself out there for thousands hundreds of people to read about on the daily. Is it that I'm narcissistic? Do I enjoy being in the spotlight? Am I looking for some kind of validation? My answer: yes and no. Yes, I enjoy when people enjoy reading what I have to write. Doesn't everyone enjoy it when you get complemented on your outfit, or someone tells you that you made a delicious meal? Well that's what it is like when I blog. Every comment, tweet, email, etc, is a complement. It makes me feel good.
My answer is no in that I am not trying to become famous (although I wouldn't mind it) and I am not trying to make my problems overshadow other people's or make my life seem like candy canes and unicorns, because it isn't. It is sooo far from being perfect. In fact, some days it is the opposite of perfect. Some days I look at what I've accomplished and what I've failed at and I think "how in the hell did I get to this place?"
I blog because yes, sometimes I do want some validation. I want to know I'm not alone in what I'm feeling or saying or doing. I want to know that there are other people out there who are going through, or who have gone through, what I am currently going through. Sometimes I need advice, and I don't know who to ask so I come here. Sometimes I am frustrated and I need to vent, so I come here. Sometimes I need to celebrate, so I come here. I don't think there is anything wrong with needing a little bit of validation in our lives. We, as human beings, need it. No one could survive without it, at least not happily, in my opinion.
Man for not feeling motivated to write, I've sure had a lot to say. We all have our specific reasons we want to blog. Maybe we started a blog because we wanted to share all of our amazing recipes and kitchen tips, or maybe it's because you are pregnant and you want to document your journey into mommyhood. Perhaps you are a workout buff and you want to teach people how to love the gym as much as you do. No matter the reason you started, I think what keeps everyone coming back, day to day, is the community. There is nothing like it. Within it you meet wonderful wonderful humans that support, love, advise, and validate you, and most times they've never even met you. To me, it doesn't get any better than that.