To Blog, Or Not To Blog

I have never been a big fan of blogging. Mostly because, what do I have to say that is worth writing/blogging/reading about? Other than naps, I'm not an expert at anything. And I'm more about annoying, quippy one-liners than I am about sentences and paragraphs and a linear train-of-thought. 

But, a few days ago, I considered reconsidering blogging. I'm always hearing how it's good for "this" or helpful for "that", or how you can't get your name recognized without it these days. Which, now that I think about it, is another reason I'm not too fond of blogging; blabbing about things just to "get myself out there" feels weird to me. Besides, I have all these awesome friends who blog and actually have something to SAY!

So, all of that made me stop considering my reconsidering again... until this morning. I was meandering through my typical routine when I came across an article (this one*) about a woman who overcame an eating disorder and is using Tumblr to promote body positivity. I thought, "That is really, freaking fantastic!" Not only that she kicked some eating-disorder-ass, but also that she is sharing her life beyond it and using it as a way to connect and support other people. Only recently had I considered that something I wrote might actually benefit people who have (or are still struggling with) eating disorders and have begun searching for an agent to help me get it out there. As any writer will tell you, this process sucks. But, this morning, as I was neurotically stalking my inbox for query replies and thinking about this awesome lady who is helping people in any way she can, I realized -- maybe I do have something to blog about. Because, you know, not everyone has had, and beaten, an eating disorder. Not everyone has been able to pick apart anorexia and understand it like I have. Not everyone is in a spot, yet, where they feel OK to talk candidly about their struggles and the absolute wonder of recovery.

Maybe there are more people out there than I realize who need to hear about this -- not just from a book I wrote, but from me. And I realized, if that is the case -- if there are people, right now, looking on the internet for some hope or someone who understands -- then I owe it to them to get over my anti-blogging/I have nothing to say crap and start talking. So, here I am. Blogging. My first bloggity blogblog bloggeroo. My hope for this post, and for any future one, is that I can help you realize that you are not alone. Because, now that I think about it, maybe that's what blogging is really all about.

*This article contains specific numbers and could be triggering for some people.