Why I Blog


I was so honored to find out recently that a fellow blogger, lovinghomemade, decided to spread some love and nominate A Thousand Threads for the Addictive Blog Award… a huge honor because the award comes from someone who understands exactly what it takes, and she still likes my blog… so thank you lovinghomemade, it really means a ton.

But here’s the thing… the award requires that the nominated blogger share a little bit about why they blog, and when I thought about it, I realized that I’ve never really answered that question.

In fact, I’m not even sure it’s something I’ve ever fully thought through.  Deep down, of course, I know… but even now, it’s not easy to put into words why I do this thing, night after night… keeping my poor guy awake so long he falls asleep on the floor while waiting for me to finish up and head to bed, only to wake up to another day of work and another night of blogging.

Wow okay that probably doesn’t sound very appealing at all… but it is, I swear it.  I’ll try to make the case a little better below…

When I first started blogging, it felt… weird, wrong even.  In fact, I was a little embarrassed.  Not just because I was feeling my way through the process, totally in the dark… but also because I was scared to put myself out there.  I worried that people would think I was crazy… or vain… or that I thought I was so perfect that my life should be shared (or worse, that my life would have to look perfect for anyone to want to read).

… but I’m far from perfect.  In fact, I’ve fucked up a lot.

I didn’t start to share the blog right away… I had to be coaxed a little to really put it out there (I might still).  But eventually I did, and through the process of sharing I have learned that blogging is actually pretty awesome… there’s a whole super-supportive community of other bloggers out there who make my world (however tiny a little piece of the internet) a way better place.

Before those folks, I’m not sure I would have even had the courage to dream of someday becoming a writer or working for myself.

The truth is, I’ve had a lot of dreams in my life, but I’ve never had the confidence to pursue the ones that required the most faith.  I’ve never taken a leap without knowing that there was a net to catch me when I fell… but that’s not the life I want to live.

Should I fall and break myself into a thousand pieces, I want to know that I had the courage to fly… even if my wings might fail me.

I blog because blogging is both a leap and a journey… and I have no idea where it might end.  But for the first time, I’m ready to take that risk.

Good or bad, the existence of this blog pushes me to take more risks and set the bar just that much higher each day… hoping that one day my actions can live up to my dreams.

I blog because through blogging I am accountable for my words, my actions, and my dreams… and because through blogging, I hope to make sure that I never fail to follow those dreams again.

I blog because someday, I hope for this blog to be a place that inspires others to pursue the really far off dreams that seem impossible… and because I’m hoping to find a little inspiration in myself.

Photo: Mark and I, taken by Steve Steinhardt

13 Comments

  1. beautifulelysium
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    No. 1. Congrats!! No. 2. You are AWESOME!! No. 3. You are BRAVE to share your feelings.
    I too had and continue to have the same fear of worrying about how others may perceive me as vain or self-absorbed. I’ll never forget how nervous I was the first time i hit that “publish” button. But you gotta live your life the way you want to, right?! Keep up the good work, Laicie!

  2. Posted September 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Laicie you’ve put this so beautifully, and as I was reading it all I could think was how much this mirrors my own story with blogging! And knowing the meaning behind your blog name is so beautiful, what a fitting name for your story.

  3. Posted September 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    You express so many people’s feelings really well… Also, I k ow what you mean with the whole doing at night until late thing…

    Congrats on the award!!!!

  4. Posted September 27, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    You are just too cute. First off, congrats on your award. Second, thinking of why we blog can always be tough. Especially those long nights of when we keep the hubbies up late while we type away. No fun, but well worth the little community we get to be apart of.
    xo TJ

  5. Posted September 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Brilliantly put – which is why you have such a great blog!

  6. Posted September 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Lady, this is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever read about blogging hands down. I think explaining why you blog is an amazing exercise, but your elevated the explanation to art.

  7. Posted September 29, 2012 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Lovely post! I agree. I’m totally new to blogging. I’ve been at it for about 7 months now. I was (and still am) kind of insecure about putting myself out there. But, like you said. The community is amazing and despite the work, it’s been a lot of fun. I can’t wait to see where the journey leads…

  8. Posted September 30, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    So lovely! Well said. Your writing always makes me think and I appreciate that. And I couldn’t end this without mentioning that picture – gorgeous!!!

  9. Posted October 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Laicie, your blog is so genuine. I love how you put this into words…I’ve had many of the same fears (and more) about blogging. Hope you keep creating and sharing. (And thanks so much for tagging me!)

  10. Posted October 10, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    wow, I love this post! It’s so encouraging. you touched on so many things that I feel but never put words to. i’m new to your blog, but I think it’s beautiful, and hope you keep doing it! 🙂

    • Posted October 11, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Melody! It means SO much to hear that from someone who has just discovered the blog… I hope you’ll come back!

  11. Posted May 16, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Wow, this is so beautifully put and totally mirrors the way I feel about blogging too. There are times I’m still embarrassed to tell real life friends about my blog, haha, but it has brought some much happiness and community to my life. This is such an inspiring post, thanks for that!!

  12. Posted November 9, 2014 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    These are thoughts that I share but haven’t been able to put to words! Thanks for putting this post out there. Blogging is hard, but its also courageous and full of hope.

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