Why I Write

By | November 3, 2011

I don’t write this blog because I enjoy writing, because I really don’t. I hated English at school, I was always more of a maths girl.  I’m generally quite good at spelling and grammar (I think!) but the thought of writing a book horrifies me.  I do think those of you participating in this months #NaNoWriMo are all slightly mad.

I enjoy writing this blog when I really get into a post and get into the flow of things, and I love being able to look back on the posts I wrote eighteen months ago when C was less than a year old and see how she’s changed but I’d never call myself a writer.


I started blogging as I’d become quite addicted to Twitter while I was on maternity leave in late 2009 and set myself up with a google reader to keep up with the blog posts I kept seeing on there.  In April 2010 I decided to set myself a blog up as I liked the idea of keeping a record of what my then 9 month old daughter was up to.  I still write about her but I do think my blog has changed in the last eighteen months.  Now it’s as much about what I like – recipes, family days out etc, as it is about C.

I do write ‘for me’ but I also love getting comments.  You can’t help but smile when you get an e-mail saying you’ve got a comment on a post.  To me it kind of justifies all the time spent in front of a computer screen, or those times when you really should help your child but you need to get the camera out first.

Why do you write?  Are you an aspiring writer, is it just a hobby or has your blog developed from an online diary?

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11 Comments

Inside the Wendy House on November 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm.

Comments are a lovely way of knowing that your words have reached someone! xxx

Jenny Paulin on November 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm.

WelL you knowing why I started my blog!!
Like you I like to receive comments I think it shows that people have enjoyed reading your posts and maybe share your feelings onnthe subject you have written about. For a long time my blog was mostly posts about Burton, the gallery photos and reviews. Since Apeil this year I feel I have started writing more posts about me and my thoughts and feelings aswell as about my boys. I really love my blog and feel I have grown with it.
Keep up the good work towards NaBloPoMo xx

Fiona (@nlpmum) on November 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm.

Hi Emma – aren’t you taking part in NaBloPoMo too? I feel like I’m totally off my rocker to have started it, but truth be told I usually have something to write about and I enjoy the writing AND it’s so lovely to see people’s comments. My day three post is “Why do you blog?” – do step on over and enter your answers in the poll 😉 Fiona
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Rachael Lines on November 3, 2011 at 6:49 pm.

I think whats interesting to deduct from this is that ‘we read’.. and we read because we are interested! Without bloggers like you, we would miss out on that “big brothery type” sensation we get everytime we have a sneek peek into someone elses life. Its all too interesting, otherwise we wouldn’t do it. Its nice to tell a story too, and we all know deep down it doesn’t really matter if its read, it just feels bloody brilliant to pop it down in words and pictures and hold it aloft and then reflect on what we have written. x

I may not comment much as I read your blog every time it hits my mail box, just because I dont comment much though, doesn’t mean your words fall un-noticed like snowflakes xx

Love and luck, Rachael
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Emma on November 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm.

Thanks so much for your comment! It’s nice to get comments from people I don’t usually :-)

Wendy on November 3, 2011 at 6:51 pm.

I write because I love writing and always have. If anyone likes to read my ramblings, then that’s an added bonus! :-)

Emma on November 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm.

That’s a great way to be!

RillyRoos on November 9, 2011 at 6:25 am.

I started my blog (not so long ago) for similar reasons to yourself. I am a social network hound. I love twitter, I love facebook, I… no actually google+ is a bit pants, but I love them all. I love seeing the stats show loads of hits, I love getting an email about a comment on one of my posts.
Most of all though I just enjoy having a space of my own to just say my own thoughts.

Emma on November 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm.

Thanks for your comment. Yes, I love twitter and facebook too. Google+ not so much!

It is great to have somewhere to get your thoughts down. It can be very therapeutic to have a rant on the blog, even if you don’t actually press publish!

Mum2babyinsomniac on November 9, 2011 at 7:13 am.

I don’t class myself as a writer either because I don’t think my grammar or vocabulary are good enough! I do love writing my blog though and of course it is amazing when you get a comment from someone who has enjoyed reading what you have written. Mainly for me blogging is a hobby that I have found and become somewhat addicted to, it has kept me sane throughout this year of being a first time mum. As much as I love it, I think I would have struggled with days at home with a screaming baby had I not been able to ‘blog’ about it! x
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Emma on November 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm.

I didn’t start my blog until I had returned to work after maternity leave. I wish I had started it sooner as it’s so easy to forget all the little things that babies do.