I have been thinking for the last few days why it is that one starts a blog. With today’s technology we can share our deepest secrets with the whole world. Expose ourselves to scrutiny and comment in a way that one never would in real life. I can’t imagine walking down the street and flashing my legs at everyone, yet in my blog I post photos for everyone to see!! Others share even more intimate pictures in the name of education. So why do we do it? What does it achieve for ourselves and others?
Some people write about all aspects of their lives, nothing is sacred, this I find hard to understand!! Why do people need to tell the world about their entire life!! Is it seeking that elusive 15 minutes of fame, is it to make money or is it just because you can!!
Others create a blog to build a business or promote their wares. In fact today every business has to have exposure of some sort on the Internet, or be lost in the wilderness of non-existence! These days you can have a little shop on the corner but sell your product to the world…
So this came back to me and why I started a blog. Prior to my surgery I would have liked more information from people who had a Lymph node transfer to the leg, but was unable to find anyone to talk to. This started me thinking that if I did not write about my experience my story would be lost. Maybe if I shared my journey it would help and educate others who may consider following the same path. I also felt that Lymphoedema has such a low profile, others needed to understand what it was like to live with everyday. A blog also allowed me to gather resources to share, all in one place. The bonus that I had not considered was “meeting” other “Lymphies”. This for me has been the best reason for starting a blog, the world has shrunk, I can now share with those who really understand how I feel. There have been times when writing my blog has helped me mentally, allowed me to push out through the darkness, filled my time when I could not do much else. A friend once told me there were other blogs about LNT but they seemed to stop after the surgery, so I am determined to keep going, while we wait for nodes to grow!!
Why blog? I say why not blog, share, educate and “meet” others. Thank you to all my fellow bloggers, I have enjoyed all your stories, I feel I have made some cyber friends and we have made the world a smaller place. We have shared our knowledge and educated others to help those who follow in our footsteps.