I have a theory. I think it's a pretty good theory. But we'll see, because I'd just love to hear your take on the matter.
The Facebook, Blog, and Twitter phenomenon. What's your take? See, I did email and MSN chat with a few select people "back in the day" - you know the early 2000's - when Myspace was something vaguely out there in the universe. And then I thought I was just the bee's knees for having a Myspace page. I maintained it, though I did find it annoying to navigate, and even more annoying to change my profile and such.
I started a blog after I followed Tarah from her Myspace page to her blog. I'd seen Xanga before, and even posted a few odd times on my Xanga around the time I got married. But I grew tired of it and had a hard time remembering my sign in information. I was amazed by this blogging phenomenon! That was in October 2007, and within a few days of reading Tarah's, I started my own.
We were already into the hard months of Joshua's pregnancy - having found out in August 07 that Joshua had an encephalocele. At first I blogged about him, about how I was feeling, then about his birth [7 Jan 2008, his life, and eventually his Home Day [15 March 2008]. After he was gone I blogged about what life looked like now, about Oceana, and soon about our new little one that would arrive in April 2009.
Then I heard about Facebook. I said I already had a Myspace, so there was no reason to get another thing I had to maintain. But curiosity got the better of me and I realized - around the time we lost Joshua - that half the people I knew had a Facebook. So, I got Facebook page!
Then at some point I got a Twitter account, and while that one doesn't get updated as often as the rest, I do keep it "warm", but perhaps not running red hot :).
It began innocently enough - I wanted to tell people about our family, I wanted to connect with old friends.
And now I realize that a lot of my motivation is simply this:
*I want to connect with human beings over the age of 3.*
I spend my days talking about Nemo, Larry Boy, baby dolls, and legos. I take shoes off, put shoes on, wash stinky toes, cut crooked toenails, and deny little girls when they ask me [at this very moment] "Smehw my steekny TOES!" and then give in to shut her up [Ahem].
I need some human interaction. Facebook, blogging, and Twitter offer me that. I'm a social butterfly and I need people. And if I've got to type my conversations, rather than speak them, that so be it. It does my mental health some good. :)
So that being said....
Why do you blog? Twitter? Facebook? I'm curious to see what other people do it for. :)