Everyone likely has different reasons for writing and keeping a blog but the reason I like to blog my thoughts has to do with catharsis. Sometimes it’s to share information but a lot of the time it helps me therapeutically to get my feelings and thoughts out of my head. Of course I could do this in a traditional hard copy journal but it has more significance symbolically when it’s “published” on WordPress for others to read. Maybe there’s a little narcissism involved too. I’m sure there’s a thrill experienced when I see people have read what I’ve written, but beyond that it allows me to reach out to others. In return, fellow bloggers publish their thoughts and feelings and I see I am not the only person to have particular things going through my head.
Since beginning this blog over two months ago I’ve ‘met’ a lot of interesting people willing to share their experiences, either through poetry or writing stories and/or journal style entries. Now I am aware most of us use pseudonyms on here, apart from a few, but I have never felt the experience of reading somebody’s blog diminished because of it. The fact we don’t usually know each other allows for more honesty and greater openness than if we had to use our real names. I like being able to write without worrying too much someone will ‘find’ my blog and know who I am. They will know who I am reading my blog more than if they met me in person and asked me to share stories of my life with them. Blogging like this is more authentic even if I don’t use my real name. Maybe sometime in the future I’ll change my mind and use my real name but for now I don’t want to be constrained/restricted by ‘appearances’.
What about you? Why do you blog? What are your reasons for using a pseudonym or using your ‘real’ name? Do you think that bloggers using their real name are more ‘believable’ than those of us writing under a ‘fake’ name?
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