But writing on a blog can bring one back into the spectrum of formal writing. To voluntarily put thoughts into words and publish them for the public to read is brave, but can also be therapeutic and good for the mind, like completing the daily crossword puzzle is good for the mind.
When considering why I decided to join this blogging world, I look back on my very first post on the 16th of January 2008. It's a silly post really, but defines what I was thinking at the time. I was still new to selling on Etsy, and thought a blog might be good for business.
In the 128 posts that have followed that first one, I have changed my tune a bit, and figured out that for me, writing has become less about being good for business and more about being good for the mind. In fact, when I read good writing on others' blogs, (like this, for example) I am only inspired more to make my own writing better.
It is a lofty goal, maybe even a lifetime goal, but wouldn't Mr. Jeffery Williams (my best high school english teacher) be proud? Reading other peoples' thoughts as recorded on their blogs allows a glimpse into their lives and minds that can't be replicated even if you see them a lot or are their best friend or sibling. I love it.