A couple of days ago I had a conversation with my husband about one of the posts that I had recently published. In that post I was openly talking about my maternity leave and my desire about not coming back to work any time soon. My husband mentioned that he really liked it BUT (dangerous word) he was concerned that someone from work could read it and then I would get in trouble for being too open and blunt about me wanting to extend my maternity leave for another half year.
I’m obviously not getting into too much details about how the conversation went or what was the final outcome, although you may know already talking in consideration that the post is still published and I haven’t changed a single coma of its content. However, my husband got me thinking: Should I change the post content? Why am I willing to put myself out there and (maybe) get in trouble for what I write? Why do I blog? Is it worth the burden? I gave it a thought and these are the reasons that I found:
- Blogging is a challenge: I have to admit that I have been doing this for only a month (I know, I’m just starting and I have plenty to learn…) but it has been really refreshing as well as challenging… and I love new challenges! Some people may think that having a newborn is already challenge enough (and they are completely right!) but accepting new challenges in life is part of who I am so this is a big reason why I blog.
- Blogging puts my chaos in order: Blogging has brought some order to the chaos that my life has turned into during the past few months. Since my little munchkin was born, apart from being happier than ever and my life having a clear purpose and meaning, my days have been turned upside down and it feels like I’m no longer in control: not knowing when and if I’m going to be able to fulfill my basic needs (sleep, eat or shower among other things) is a good example. All of a sudden the little one is the one who determines the WHENs and the HOWs and adjusting to this new life is a tough one. Blogging is that little something that I’m in control of and it helps my overall sanity.
Blogging helps me to keep my sanity
- Blogging is sharing: Writing a blog helps me voice my concerns, share my experiences and feel that there’s someone listening (or reading in this case) that feels exactly how I feel and completely understands what I’m going through. It gives you a sense of connection with the outer world that we somehow lose when we have a baby (specially the first few weeks of maternity). On top of this, by sharing I’m also helping someone else out there to go through this craziness that is motherhood and parenting (or at least that’s what I hope!).
- Blogging helps me stay sharp: Now that baby is three months old I would say that 80% of my time it’s all about cooing and babbling with him. It’s a lot of fun but after some days I have realized that my conversational skills are down the toilet. In addition, I mostly speak in Spanish at home (I’m from Spain and my husband is from Argentina) so by not going to work, not watching TV and barely not reading, my English was getting worse and worse every day. Blogging at least helps me stay sharp a bit although I’m sure that I may still kick the English grammar and dictionary once or twice in every post (Sorry!)
- Blogging makes me feel real, authentic and genuine. I guess this one doesn’t require much explanation
Circling back to the beginning of my story, if I would decide to now change the content of one of my post because I don’t want to disappoint someone or because I don’t want to get in trouble that would definitely defeat the purpose of why I blog. It would be like censoring my words, my feelings and thoughts. If I decided to change a single coma because of fear then blogging would not make any sense to me anymore.
So basically that’s the reason why I’m not changing anything in any of my posts that are work related. I want to be me and I want people out there to get to know me for who I really am and not for who I’m supposed to be in order to avoid professional conflict or disappointment. I’ll let you know if my position ends up biting me back!
And what about you? Why do you blog? Share your thoughts in the comments section!