Daily Prompt: What’s the most important (or interesting, or unexpected) thing about blogging you know today that you didn’t know a month ago?
Blogging gives me a much-needed social group. Writing is my most comfortable form of communication. Being an introvert, it keeps people out of my house, doesn’t require cooking, cleaning, or entertaining anyone, and it doesn’t require verbal conversational skills which are stressful for me. I can sit where I feel safe, and I can present my life in all of its good-bad-ugly-crazy-pathetic glory. People read what I write and I’m surprised that I get very little rejection or negative feedback for not being, well, not being perfect in any way. Even my blog theme is simple and unadorned. It’s me. It’s who I am. And people seem to accept that. Writers who in real life would never ever give me the time of day are reading and liking my posts, and that makes me feel so good about myself and encouraged to continue. I like feeling nurtured in this way.
Blogging is putting life back into my life, and that’s a very good thing. I spend my afternoons reading other peoples responses to the Daily Prompt with fascination. The Daily Prompt is like getting a daily magazine of short stories, poems, and photographs. It brings other people’s art into my life which stimulates me. I like the sense of belonging that I contributed to that day’s Daily Prompt.
I love the Daily Prompt because it exposes me to a wide variety of people, it’s not just one theme. When I was going through cancer treatments, I used Livejournal and had a great group of other people going through cancer together, and we supported each other. That was great. Now it’s different, though. I just need to touch the rest of the world and be inspired to be a better writer, photographer, and person.