In a recent conversation, one person said that she didn't understand blogging. She said that it is really only for narcissists that like to hear themselves talk. In all fairness to this person, she didn't know that I blog. Although my close friends know, most of them don't read it. The vast majority of my friends don't even know about it.
The conversation made me think about why I started my blog and why I continue to post.
There were a few reasons why I started my blog:
- Support - When I decided on weight loss surgery, I read A LOT of material. One thing I saw over and over was that people who surrounded themselves with other people going through the experience had better results. So I joined a support group and started a blog on a WLS website.
- Accountability - I had hoped (and found to be true) that a blog would keep me focused and keep my head out of the sand.
- Networking - In this instance, aka friendship. Thanks to some extremely amazing and motivated Jedi Kittens, I was given the opportunity to meet many of my fellow bloggers. I count many of them among my true friends and a couple of them among my BEST friends. I met up with bloggers during my travels in London, NYC, Chicago and I'm hoping to do so in the Bahamas over Christmas as well! Who knew that this little blog would fill my life with so many friends?? Most of them don't blog anymore, but I'm fortunate that I can keep up with them in other ways.
- Emotional Outlet - I have AMAZING family and friends, but they don't need to hear my woeful irritation about jumping on the hamster wheel each Monday morning. That is why I have my blog. I can put all my frustrations, sadness, anger, irritation...whatever...out here and then walk away. I can see that sometimes people might read my blog and see me as this 2 dimensional person that is always whining about being fat. But that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, the blog exists to keep that from happening!!
- Documentation - I can go back over the years and see what was going on with myself. How I was successful and what didn't work. I can remind myself how absolutely miserable I was many moons ago and how now, even when I'm frustrated, my life is wonderful. It gives me perspective!
- Information for Others - If someone is interested in WLS or has weight struggles, they can read about one experience here. When I was considering surgery, I couldn't get enough! I wanted to hear about it from every angle. In fact, I'm always looking for good blogs, so if you have one or know of one, let me know!
Honestly, I don't know if it makes me a narcissist or not. But I do know that it is one part of the process that makes my life happy. Plus, if someone doesn't want to read it, they don't have to. That's enough for me!