What am I doing here?

by catsdogsandseventeen

So… blogging.  For teenagers YouTube and vlogging seems to be all the rage right now.  But as much as I love Jenna Marbles and Joey Graceffa, there’s just something about reading on a page (or rather a computer screen), that is just relaxing. There’s no worry of your parents waking up when you accidentally forget to put your headphones in, or of the sound of a video being too loud or annoying. From a creating aspect writing or blogging is just so much easier. I don’t have to worry about straightening my hair, or the fact that my eyeliner isn’t perfectly even that day. When you write there isn’t any such nonsense. There’s just words.

Pictures are worth a thousand words so they say and videos even more, but I’ve never quite agreed with that. Words are so clear and beautiful, even when they’re raw and unedited. Photos can be blurry, taken from an angle that’s sided, and often lacking personality. You can tell a lot about a person from just a paragraph or a sentence, but a photo just shows you one side. Usually the side they want you to see. When writing there’s always a little bit of truth, even if you try to hide it. Just one word can give away a lie, just as one word can speak the truth. Some people fear words for this reason, others take comfort in it.

I find writing to be therapeutic and entertaining, and if I’m writing that means I’m not watching 80s cop shows, and that counts for a lot in my book. Not to mention, having an education obsessed mother means that writing can get me out of a lot of things. Can I wash the dishes? Vacuum the living room? No Mom, I’m writing an essay on 60s science fiction TV. See – writing is useful, not to mention much more interesting than chores.

But my main reason for writing?: No matter how much someone says that you can tell them anything, there’s always something you can’t say. Something you have to lie about to protect their feelings or yours. When you write you can be anybody you want to be. Some people pretend to be something they’re not, but others, like me, can just be who they are. We don’t have to conform to a standard, whether it be a local ideal or just something our friends think we are. It’s a solace in a chaotic world.

So blogging just sounded like a good idea. As someone who manages to have an opinion about pretty much everything I figure I’m the perfect candidate, and I’m looking forward to writing more. Stay tuned for opinions, reviews, advice, and cute dog stories! (I have a lot of cute dog stories, just saying….)