Why Write?

Why do you write?

I’d wager that most of us out here in the blog-o-sphere do what we do because we love it. Most of us don’t get paid for writing about what we think, what we do, our homes, children, and lives. We write because it fullfills an urge in us, to share ourselves with the world. Or if not the world, then at least a small corner of it.

There’s something else to it too though. I have another reason why I write on this little blog. It brings me joy, a sense of accomplishment to work on a post for an hour, then hit “publish” and wait to find out what all of you wonderful people think. It gives me an outlet for some of my disposition for creativity and introversion. I can engage without going out, into the world with it’s noise, and flashes, and soul unsettling-ness.  I didn’t realize another reason was mine until I read Anne Lamott’s words from the introduction to her book, Bird by Bird, and felt that familiar twinge of “yes! precisely!”.

“I understood immediately the thrill of seeing oneself in print. Ir provides some sort of primal verification: you are in print; therefore you exist. Who knows what this urge is all about, to to appear somewhere outside yourself, instead of feeling stuck inside your muddled, stroboscopic mind, peering out like a little undersea animal…from inside your tiny cave? Seeing yourself in print is such an amazing concept: you can get so much attention without actually having to show up somewhere. While others who have something to say or who want to be effectual, like musicians, or baseball players, or politicians, have to get out there in front of people, writers, who tend to be shy, get to stay home and still be public. There are many obvious advantages to this. You don’t have to dress up, for instance, and you can’t hear them boo you right away.”

Now, I know the internet is not a book. But still, in publishing my little posts here, there is the thrill of someone, who lives no where near me, who can sit in their home and read what I have written. It’s humbling that anyone at all has chosen to read my ramblings, but it’s also very thrilling. An added bonus is that I can do all this in my pajamas. Who could ask for anything more? 😉

If you have a blog, or a journal, or write in any way, why do you do it?

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  • http://songofasunflower.blogspot.com Katie

    Your thoughts, Sarah, also reveal your soul and your beautiful faith. I appreciate having such a profound community of Catholic bloggers out there–who profess their faith in confidence. In a world where I feel kind of alone in my faith, I open up blogs like yours, and all of a sudden I’m challenged to grow in my faith. So, you really are doing something quite extraordinary! :-)

    P.S. I like the new layout!

  • http://graceandpressure.blogspot.com/ Grace

    Ugh. You hit the nail on the head, right when I’m having such a hard time writing, too. I have so much happening right now, that I just don’t know what to do with my blog. About half of my life is blog-able, but boring, and the other half is incredibly interesting (to me), funny, and sad… but for various reasons, I can’t put it into words, or hit publish. Maybe once I’m through some of these rough patches, I’ll be able to write about them, but right now, I can’t.

    I’m glad you can though! What else would I read? :)

  • http://www.rebecca-feelmylove.blogspot.com Rebecca

    I write because of my need to connect amidst my introversion. People who know me IRL would probably think I’m losing it saying I’m an introvert, but those who know me well have come to learn just how hard the beginning of a new friendship is for me.

    I am so glad you decide to write.

  • http://www.LiveCatholic.net Marcy K.

    I like to blog because I love imparting the knowledge of Catholicism I discover. When I find an article, blog, website, bit of knowledge, podcast, etc. I can’t wait to pass it on. It really burns a hole in my pocket to keep it to myself. I want others to be edified too. Love your blog!

  • http://catholicmutt.blogspot.com CM

    Love this post! I write because it helps me to sort through my thoughts. Then there’s this amazing added benefit whereby I actually get to know a bunch of other great people! :)

  • http://nowealthbutlife.com Rae

    I was just thinking about this the other day. I don’t think of blogging as “writing” for some reason, and I think that is part of why I do it.

    I blog for different reasons at different times (I have done so since 2003 in both public and private blogs). Right now I post because it is just what I do. It makes me feel as if I can still produce words and may someday be able to go back to school. It helps me to remember things later and to see how I have changed, along with my views. It helps to provide background for others when I comment on their posts (I am not a lurker!) so that I am a “real” person contributing to the conversation rather than only a stalker. :-)

  • http://thatmarriedcouple.blogspot.com/ That Married Couple

    I blog for a variety of reasons, but I think the biggest one is for community. The chance to write and work through an explanation of big issues are also reasons, but the thing that keeps me going is really connecting with people.