The Catharsis of Writing

Writing.  Blogging.  Getting the ideas from your brain to some form of written communication… it’s cathartic.

I have been writing a long time.  I started writing to Dear Diary… that was short-lived and such a one-sided relationship.  Diary never wrote me back.  Diary never left comments.  Diary just was….

Blogging is different.  Blogging serves the same purpose writing to you all, my Dear Readers, as writing to Dear Diary did, but… you all respond.  Okay, maybe not all of you.  Perhaps just some of you.

So for those of you who have a blog, why do you write?  For whom do you write?  Is it for yourself or for some other person?  Personally, I write for myself.  Screw the rest of you.  No, seriously.  Really… GAH!  Y’all don’t believe me!

Fine.  If it makes you feel better, I write for you all… but that’s a lie, because really I write for myself.  As the words flow from my brain, down my neck to my shoulders, down my arms and out my fingertips, it’s all for me*.  And, after all – it IS all about me anyway – it’s only fitting that my blog is for me as well.  Blogging is my way of getting what is in my brain to written form and out of my head… the fact that it’s shared to the masses is a bonus in some way… the fact that it’s out of my head, cathartic.

How the brain works… for blogging.

Blessed with a Star on the Forehead had her own cathartic moment… the questioning of whether or not to continue blogging because of a callous comment.  She chose to continue and I’m glad for that.  One aspect of blogging is that you put yourself out there to share with the world – good or bad.  People’s reactions to what I or anyone else writes comes about because of how they perceive reality – not because they mean it personally.

So, do you blog?  Why do you blog?  What do you get from putting your thoughts into written form?  Do you find it cathartic?

*Congratulations, Dear Readers!  You’re the first to see one of my half-assed illustrations!  Break out the noise makers and champagne!

About The Amusing Muse

Deep thinker whose mind operates at warped speed. Philosopher pondering the big (and little) things in life. Storyteller. Office Ninja. Model. Teller of bad jokes. User of big words.
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7 Responses to The Catharsis of Writing

  1. So right, it is all about about how we perceive things, and our mind frame at the time. I was naive to think that every reader would understand I was talking about my particular experience and not the would in general. Live and learn! So I will continue writing for me and if it provokes a reaction, positive or negative, so be it! Thank you for featuring me!! (I feel important 🙂 )

  2. I meant “world” not would

  3. Tom Baker says:

    Great image. I particularly liked the stick figure masses.

  4. jimagain says:

    Catharsis. Great word. I like the way you think.

    OK, you asked for it. Why do I blog? So my response is tainted with a lame attempt at humor, but….to paraphrase a great quote, “I blog, therefore I am” , or for all you intellects, “ex-cogito, el bloggo”. Imagine the statue of The Thinker with a laptop balaced on his knee, in thoughtful repose, as he pecks away at the keyboard.

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