In defense of narcissism

I struggle with the idea of blogging. I don’t really like to be “one of those people,” you know, because blogging has this connotation with it of self-centeredness and vapidity.

But there are two quotes I recall that reduce my trepidations. Both come from Dave Eggers’ A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. It’s sort of a novel, sort of a memoir, and sort of a blog, too, I’d say. But it should be a manifesto of the Internet.

The two quotes are as follows:

“My feeling is that if you’re not self-obsessed you’re probably boring.” 

“If you don’t want anyone to know about your existence, you might as well kill yourself. You’re taking up space, air.” 

In defense of narcissism. Yes, it can go too far. There is restraint. But this blog is for no one but myself (and ourselves, though I’m not exactly speaking for the other writers when I post this). I write because I want to. I’d be OK if I were the only reader.

So this is an acknowledgement, rebuttal, rebuke, justification, and acceptance of the self-serving nature of this blog.

Because everyone’s a story and none of them are worth reading. But they should be written anyway, I think.