One of my favourite bloggers (Aunt Becky of Mummy Wants Vodka) asks "Why [is] blogging important?".
Aunt Becky, I am glad you asked!! Mostly because I have been having a little bit of a writer's block lately, so it is fantastic that you have given me some inspiration!
For me, blogging is all about the experience, the sharing, the ability to promote things that matter to me. It also allows me to connect to people with similar life experiences. Most importantly, it allows me to be honest and frank about topics that are usually never discussed.
I feel particularly passionate about raising awareness of childhood sexual abuse, and the long term impacts of a fundamentalist upbringing. Blogging allows me to do that, to a far wider audience then I could have gotten in my off-line life.
Blogging is important because it allows me to do all those things: and more, if I was to so choose. Not only that, but it doesn't discriminate: anyone can start a blog, about anything they want. And ultimately, anyone can choose to support anyone: and leave kind words of support.
Like any community, it has its downsides too. Mummy Wars, nit picking other bloggers, the big bloggers ignoring/not supporting the little ones, troll comments, the list goes on. People's imperfections get carried over from the real world, and can be amplified by the convenient anonymity the internet affords.
That being said, it is a small problem in the scheme of things, and to me, the aforementioned benefits of blogging far outweigh the negatives. You can delete a nasty comment: but you cannot even begin to delete (or comprehend) the positive impacts blogging has had on the stay at home mum, the infertile community, etc. The support it has offered them is priceless.