Recently I've been getting some snide comments about the self-absorbed nature of blogging, which has got me thinking. Accusations of narcissism are common in this oddly convoluted virtual world of rampaging self-indulgence, and I've chosen to ignore them until now.
But the hell with it, this is my blog, and I shall do what I want with it. (Just look at my ego right there!)
Of course the act of broadcasting my thoughts and my life on the internet is inherently narcissistic. I wouldn't dare claim anything else. But really, the act of writing anything is deeply narcissistic. And I don't see why extending self-expression to blogging would be considered any more narcissistic than keeping a diary.
I am well aware of the ridiculous paradox between my low self esteem and bone-deep egoism; there's no need for me to pretend humility and act affronted when faced with accusations of endless self-interest. I'm quite sure I know better than anyone just how selfish I am.
Most often I am criticized for self-pity, and my blogger friends tell me this is a common accusation. First World problems seems to be a popular term. I don't claim that my problems are any more pressing than anyone else's. I know most people suffer and have suffered more than me. But can anyone honestly say only bloggers complain needlessly, that only bloggers ever feel hopeless over small things and say it out loud?
I am not forcing you to read this. You may well trot off on your merry way and forget this site ever existed, if you wish to do so. I assure you my feathers would remain quite unruffled.
I don't feel the need to justify blogging, just as I don't feel the need to justify writing in general. I write and I blog simply because it's something I enjoy. I do it because I want to.
It may seem as though the blogosphere is just a bunch of navel-gazing narcissists. In reality, each blogger has their own reasons for investing time, energy and emotions into writing, photographing and designing the blogs you read and hopefully enjoy. Play nice, and, if you have all these opinions you want to express over the internet, why not start your own blog?