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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Why do I blog?

Well! For starters because my friend kicked my ass and made me a co-blogger in her blog ๐Ÿ˜œ

At least that's what I thought! It's easy to make someone else responsible for your choices because then it's "their fault" in case of failure.

However, after opening the first word document, I couldn't stop... words came pouring out of me like corporate slaves leaving their workplace on a Friday evening.

Which made me ponder why am I adding "blogging" to the list of endless things that are already stressful in my life? It's not like I have a lot of hours in my day after slogging for 16 hours a day in the Silicon Valley. So what is driving me to open my laptop and type like a madwoman?

So WHY do I blog?

I have things to say! After I was born, I invested 1 year to learn how to frame complete sentences. I have been putting it to practice ever since and have not wasted a second of my day from implementing my "linguistic skills". Blogging provides an excellent medium to "talk through written words".

I like to connect with people - outside the framework of work and close friends. Just think of the butterfly effect. I like to believe (in my own dreamworld) that a couple of words written on this blog is going to create a ripple effect where a kindred spirit far far away is going to read my thoughts, while sipping afternoon tea/coffee, and decide to share their thoughts with me.

I had no better "fail safe method" to try and find the long lost creative corner inside me. Like many other corporate slaves, that creativity is long dried up and can only regurgitate crisp powerpoints and data driven excel frameworks. I crave to breathe in a world sans microsoft office and google suite, even if for a few moments...

I genuinely believe that I am the queen of mediocrity and boredom. I do not aim to achieve great things in life, rather strive to accept life as it is. And what better way to accept myself, my life, my experiences, my observations, my thoughts by sharing them with a group of complete strangers over the internet to get their feedback. Serves my need for external validation while allowing me to connect with the world.

MOST IMPORTANT REASON OF ALL: I am trying to heal myself and a part of the process is knowing yourself better. The more I try and articulate my thoughts, the better I know myself and can progress towards the path of healing.

What I hope to take away from the blog? Your thoughts/questions/criticism/stories and connection.


For the butterfly effect virgins

The term butterfly effect is closely associated with the work of Edward Lorenz. It is derived from the metaphorical example of the details of a tornado (the exact time of formation, the exact path taken) being influenced by minor perturbations such as the flapping of the wings of a distant butterfly several weeks earlier.  A very small change in initial conditions had created a significantly different outcome.





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54 comments:

  1. I agree with you, blogging is really cathartic! The words just pour out of me too.
    Noor Anand Chawla

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    1. Can't agree more Noor. Would surely be dropping by your blog to explore more.

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  2. Blogging is an expressive medium to discover self.

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    1. Yes but I have just started this journey - let's see what lies ahead....

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  3. Hi, it's a nice candid post by you and blogging, definitely, has plenty to offer to help us grow and evolve. For some its self-expression and for some it may be more that, maybe a catharsis. I agree when you mention "ripple effect" because if words flow from our heart, then definitely, there's someone, somewhere who is going to benefit from the written word !

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  4. Lovely post, writing indeed is therapeutic and expressive.
    what a coincidence i too have written about blogging being my ikigai - https://praguntatwa.com/2019/09/01/how-writing-became-my-ikigai/
    #PraGunReads #BlogChatter #MyFriendAlexa

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    1. Thanks for sharing the concept of ikigai Pragun - learnt something new today :)

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  5. Writing is like meditation to me. I know I have used the word meditation. Because it is. I connect to writing on a very different level.

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    1. Areen't they? They can be our swords as well as our shields when we choose them to be

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  7. It is the same as asking, "Why do I live?!"

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    1. Wow! Is that how you see it? Would love to read your blog. I honestly am not that creative person - if you read my bio you will find me average and striving to accept my life as is. Blogging is quite new to me and I am still learning more about this world. Looks like you have a lot of passion for it.

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  8. I like the way you started this post. We all blog to explore and Express, dont we?

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    1. Thanks Sweetannu. Well we all blog for different reasons but yes expressing ourselves somewhere without judgement seems to be the key theme. Why do you blog?

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  9. Your post completely resonated with me. I too started a few months back and am so glad I did.

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    1. Glad it resonated with you Ritu, would love to read your blog some day.

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  10. Agree with you ,blogging helps to know yourself better.

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  11. Wow! The butterfly effect is the very same reason I named my blog as "Ripples"
    And the reason I started blogging aren't very far either. I could see myself in most of the post! I'm bookmarking your site and will come back to read more from you! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Wow! This is such a great co-incidence. Would check out your blog girl :)

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  12. Very true. Blogging helped me heal to great extent & knowing myself better in the process. Very nice post.

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    1. I am glad it helped you. I honestly just started and hope to understand myself better - already know that I love sarcastic humor but that doesn't help much, doesn't it? ;)

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  13. #journeysays So well said ! Blogging is therapeutic. It heals you and the one who is reading too.

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    1. heart * It heals you and the one who is reading too.* heart

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  14. Blogging is more than just creativity, with every blog we learn so many new things about the topic, formatting, networking all this is awesome.
    #mywordsmywisdomreads #myfriendAlexa

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    1. Very well put mommy blogger - its a great way to expand your understanding of a subject and network with fellow enthusiasts

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  15. I was nodding along as I read through your post. I can relate to all your points. Blogging surely helps one introspect and build a great network!

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  16. Manisha - Your love for writing comes across the post, good you followed your passion and started blogging, all the best.

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    1. Such kind words, thanks Manisha. Let's see what the world has got in store for me

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  17. You have wonderful writing skills. So nice that you started putting your words in blog. Keep Writing.

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  18. Nice Article. I blog because I love to solve and create puzzles.

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    1. Interesting reason Rajesh. What do you mean by you blog to solve and create puzzles, care to elaborate?

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  19. Blogging is my way of cutting loose too. Sometimes, it is the one thing I look forward to all day while at work. Do keep blogging!

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    1. That's a great thought - for me it's kickboxing. But blogging helps as well

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  20. It is really nice post, writing helps you to take out more about you that's hidden inside. You can express more through your words.

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  21. That's so true, writing help you to meet the real you, it's the best way to feel happy and a way to share your experience, thoughts. I just love writing :-)

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    1. Awesome priyal - care to share some snippets? And curious to know what did you discover about yourself?

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  22. Blogging is a stressbuster many a times, but can put on the stress on us sometimes. But still blogging helps us discover ourselves.

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    1. True that Supriya - I got writers block this week and got quite stressed

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  23. Yes Writing is has very soothing effect on mind when thoughts flow out and takes form of a post. Good luck for future writings :)

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  24. A warm post. Made me remember the days when I started blogging a couple of years ago. I started blogging to fill the void in my life when we relocated and I had to leave my job to look after my kids in this new environment. But this step which was just taken without much of a thought came out to as a turning point of my life. Now, I never want to go back.
    I hope blogging turns out to be one of the most positive steps in your life. Happy to see you here in this Blogosphere
    #readbypreetispanorama

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    1. Thanks Preeti, would check out your blog soon. I hope your positive wishes help me out - frequently facing writer's block

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  25. I blog because one, I want a medium for expression of my thoughts far and wide and two, I wanted to create an online journal for my son to inherit. Thanks for sharing this. #MyFriendAlexa #CloudandSunshineReads

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    1. So well-said Sweta - a beautiful thought of leaving an online journal for future generation

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  26. One nneds to connect with herself/himself, only then can you connect with others. Nice post on why I blog, thought - provoking

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    1. True that Srishti - hoping to connect with myself but its such a complex journey

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  27. Lovely blog...loved the design and of course your post. Great style of writing.

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  28. Glad you liked it, hope to continue improving.

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