*tiptoes hesitantly into my own thread* Welcome! I'm happy and flattered that you're taking the time to read my thoughts, particularly as they tend to border on the rambling and incoherent ;)
At the risk of getting way too 'meta' here, this first blog entry focuses on...well, on blogging itself. What's our motivation for doing it? Is it an attempt to connect with both friends and strangers who may share our interests and empathize with our views of this endlessly weird world? Is it to vent our feelings and beliefs so that we can achieve that 'catharsis' much lauded by mental health professionals? Are we seeking to relate to others or to figure something out about ourselves? Are we bloggers (a title for which I barely qualify, given that I'm yet to complete one entry!) a bit grandiose for assuming we have a unique perspective and insight that the cyber-universe will find entertaining and/or enriching?
As always, my own motivations remain nebulous to me. Hey, just because I spend an inordinate amount of time ruminating and analyzing doesn't mean I ever gain any actual self-awareness ;) Part of me is writing this blog because writing is my true passion. It's the one activity that I always find stimulating and fulfilling and which makes me feel genuinely thrilled to be alive. Yes, to answer your unspoken question, I find it even more stimulating and fulfilling and life-affirming than that other activity you may be thinking of---the one we see an awful lot of on HBO and the sort of programs you can only access on pay-per-view;) Now, get your collective minds out of the gutter that I've unwittingly led them to!
In marked contrast to my never-quite-finished novel, maybe writing blog entries will provide me with a 'woo-hoo, I actually completed something!' sense of accomplishment. Maybe they'll spark a few interesting and/or amusing discussions. Maybe they'll help me connect on an even deeper level with the people I already know and introduce me to a few potential cyber-friends I've yet to meet. Maybe there will be benefits I'm not yet anticipating.
I'm eager to hear from you (yes, YOU---all two or three people whom I've coerced into reading this entry!) Have you found blogging to be a worthwhile activity, or a self-indulgent waste of time? Which sort of blogs do you find most enjoyable to read? Oh, and are you perhaps interested in reading about a 35 y/o's thoughts on everything from being a female football addict to the perils of Internet dating to why my addiction to TV deepens by the week? On the remote chance that you answered 'yes' to that final question, this is so very much the blog for you ;)