Thursday, March 24, 2016

3 Reasons I Blog ♥

There's things you will often find me doing. Things such as snapping pictures all the livelong day, having kiss sessions with my puppy, tweezing errant hairs while I watch TV and initiating conversations with people in the elevator about the weather even though I'm also simultaneously telling myself inside my head to "Stop. Just stop. Stahhhhhhhp." But there's one thing you generally won't hear me doing, and that's talking about my blog. Outloud. To actual people (are you crazy?!?). Because that's just not how I've rolled with this thing for better or worse. And while I AM trying to be better about that - linking it to my Instagram was a big deal to me!- I'm also someone who understands wholly and fervently why I like to blog and the benefit that it does bring to my life. And I'm just entirely grateful that I do know that, otherwise I would have wasted a sh*t tonnnnn of time with no redeeming value to show for it:

>>> Because I like to document my life <<<
There's no viable way that I would have remembered half the things I have done had I not put 'pen' to 'paper' and encapsulated the little day to day nuances that speak to where I was in any given season. And blogging enables me to not only have images of it but also my thoughts at the time. People love to make the argument that technology keeps us from engaging in the moment (and, don't get me wrong, I believe it's a solid argument). But on the uptick of that, I think that it benefits you in its ability to help you remember who you were. Do you think I would remember how I felt when 1 guy thought I was hot & 1 guy did not all in 3 seconds unless I had made note of it? Or would I have recalled so many specific details of my treasured morning walks with Chandler in downtown Portland had I not taken the time to score them on this platform? I love that aspect of blogging above all others.

>>> Because I'm more creative than my career acknowledges <<<
Shunting my creativity here after hours gives me a little bit of life that I don't get from 9-5. After a day of financial analytics and numbers, it's quite nice to come on here and  declare: "This is what I had for dinner yesterday!". Whether or not anyone else gives a flying **** about what I ate is another story, but the posting of images and words gives me a little smidgeon of easy joy after a long day. And where else does one create packing collages of their Paris outfits or discuss and display the trivial items that get you through your desk life?

>>> Because it's women supporting women <<<
Wording that like that immediately puts Louis CK in my ears in his classic valley girl voice. But this is the place to be if you are looking for some positive female interaction that, more often than not, manages to dig a little deeper than a lot of conversations I have with real-life acquaintances. People come on here to spill their heart, their musings, their failures, their hopes, their personality ... and along the way, you find some pretty cool chicks from all walks of life, from all parts of the world, to interact with (and cool dudes, like Pat!).

What's your favorite thing about blogging?
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17 comments:

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

100% agree with all of your points! I'm very much into crunching numbers for my job and it's nice to be able to have an outlet for something that's more creative and that helps me to focus on taking better pictures too. I also love being able to document our day to day life and to be able to show future kids that we were actually pretty cool back in the day and had a life! I always love hearing about the things that my parents did before they had us because it helps to remind me that they're so pretty awesome people that aren't just parents. And I don't think that you'll find a more supportive group than the blogging community! It's so awesome to go on life adventures with all of the wonderful women that I've met through blogging!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

You've perfectly stated all the reasons I love it. I like to observe things and record my thoughts about them...that's why I started. I just started doing it online versus in the notebook I carry, and from there on it just changed to be a life documentation, a soapbox, a place to share things that work for me and things that don't. I like that it's a space I have total control over to do what I want with, and that's refreshing when you don't have that during the day!

The community came later for me but that is definitely a huge part of blogging that is wonderful.

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Absolutely agree with all 3 of your points. I love having a spot to document life's goings on, a place to show my true creativity, and it's an amazing community full of supportive women. Unfortunately, there aren't many other places in life where women are supportive of each other.
Green Fashionista

Nadine Lynn said...

Yes to all of these points!!!! But especially numbers 2 and 3 for me. My job is the least creative job on the planet and I need somewhere to channel all of my creativity so I don't lose it forever and become a dull person!!! And the network of women or "my tribe" that I comment back and forth with is one of the highlights of each and every day for me!

Brittany said...

You are SO right. That's exactly why I blog, too. I love looking back on old posts and remembering specific things I might not have otherwise. Plus, it makes for great little vacation guides when I'm trying to remember an awesome restaurant or something. Above all else, it's the perfect space to "meet" other people my age and get a glimpse into their lives. It makes me feel connected, supported, and not alone, which is invaluable to me. I sure love your blog!

Pat Hatt said...

Let's me be as creative as can be, accounting doesn't haha unless I want to go to jail for tax fraud or something. Cool works for me haha

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

#1 for sure...it's so fun to go back and read posts from when I first started blogging and it's a reminder of life back then. Back in high school, I did Live Journal with friends - did you?

Andrea Nine said...

Hit the nail on the head gorgeous!! My favorite part is women supporting woman and the friendships along the way....

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

love this and agree with all of it, especially the last one. i feel like blogging has made me more confident and also just way more supportive because i'm surrounded by confident and supportive women, and that's fabulous.

elevator conversations are so awkward but i can't stop either. so awkward.

Jaclyn said...

I absolutely love all three of these reasons, expecially the one where our 9-5 doesn't support creativity. Don't you sometimes wish that you were able to pick your career after venturing into life a little more? I mean, maybe if we didn't jump from high school to college to career we'd know how much we love different things such as journalism or photography.

Have a fabulous weekend and a very Happy Easter! xo

Jaclyn said...

Especially** Sometimes us NYers type how we speak. LOL

Michael G D'Agostino said...

Hey Caitlin :) I'm impressed, I don't know why I blog at all. I often catch myself thinking "Why do I even put in all this effort?" Each of my posts struggles its way to 100 hits before disappearing into obscurity. Occasionally a friend will tell me they read something on my blog and liked it and I'll be surprised, but happy and it will keep me going for one or two more posts.

julie @ jewelswandering.com said...

Yes to everything you wrote!! Number 3 is definitely something I'm learning the more I am blogging and am seriously impressed with the support from you and others!

BLovedBoston said...

Absolutely love this post!! I love that this has given me a creative outlet and has introduced me to so many amazing women! xo, Biana

MilitaryPugWife said...

Yes to #3!!!!

Emily said...

I'm the same way about my blog. I rarely mention it to anyone except my close friends and I still have anxiety about posting blog related things on Instagram. lol I do also love document my life and sharing photos...it's like a memory book and I love that!

aki! said...

So true, so true, so true! I love documenting my life and I think it really drives me out to do more myself.

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