I was driving home today and I was having second thoughts of having a blog. I was thinking of shutting it down. My original thought was to give people a peeper's view of thoughts that go on in my head. My goal was perhaps to influence others, perhaps to provide entertainment... but most of all I wanted people to read what I wrote (or would in the future write) and say "wow, I went through that same thing!" and by reading the blog they would hopefully have received something of value that they can use in their own life with their own situation.
I've quelled my thoughts of stopping the blog after reading the responses from a close friend of mine whose values and opinions I have always respected. The feedback wasn't what I expected -- I didn't influence the reader, but rather, I was influenced by the his thoughts on the topics I wrote about. This was an unexpected effect.
So then the question becomes... If I continue writing, am I writing the blog for others' benefit like I originally planned, or am I writing the blog for my own benefit? We know the answer now is yes to both answers. Thanking you for helping me change my mind to continue the blog.