More material on "why we blog" arrived. Rebecca Blood - she who wrote the book on blogging - wrote, "...my answer would be much shorter than any of the others you've posted: The world is endlessly fascinating. I blog to share the interesting things I find."
Later, I got this note from Lindsay Vaughn:
Why do I blog? For the same reason I write poetry, learn the Irish language, and make mail art to send out to strangers: because, while none of these activities makes me more functional in the "real world", there is no reason good enough not to.
I blog because I've met some fantastically weird and interesting people over the internet and through my four years of blogging, including my husband and some of my closest friends. I'm also an American expat in Ireland and it can get lonely in the Land of No Yanks. I blog because nobody listens to me when I speak gibberish in the flesh, but bloggers actually like it, or at least that's what they say. I blog because I'm intensely paranoid/scared/angry/on the brink of breaking down nervously, and if I do that here I make less of a gooey mess.
I blog because for as long as I can remember words have been my medium, my escape, and sometimes my downfall. "Girl, your mouth is going to get you in trouble someday" - she was right. I've lost a job due to blogging and have had to face some seriously pissed off friends and relatives, and still I keep coming back for more. That's because I'm a self-centered uncaring cow. But I'm also thoughtful and kind, somehow.
I blog because blogging has helped me realize how much of an absurdist weirdo I am.
I blog because bloggers make me uncomfortable. In a yummy sort of way. Kind of like a big fat chocolate pie that makes you feel so bloated that your trouser buttons are just about to pop off, and you feel a quivering sickness in your gut, and a rising dread in your chest, and the voice of an anorexic floods your mind yelling "No maxi dresses for you!" and all you can do is keep going because nothing in the world is more satisfying than indulging in something you know deep down you shouldn't be allowed to.
Eat 'em up!
And Riri, in a comment at the Kitchen, points us to her own recent post on the question, which contains linkage to Vu d'ici: "10 reasons why blogging is good for you".