Sunday, September 16, 2007

It's Calorie-Free and Doesn't Cost a Cent (...and a half-dozen other reasons I love my blog)!

I have been a bona fide blogger for over six months now...and I am hooked!

It took me awhile to understand the whole blog-a-lution. I'm not the most tech-savvy and I thought blogs were just for geeks. I mean, I am a total geek, of course. But more the paper and pencil and bookworm variety. And, anyway, who'd want to read about me and my boring little old life?

Well, soon enough, my sisters, in-laws, cousins, aunts and even my own mother were all blogging. They weren't geeks. Their posts were funny, creative and as unique as the individuals behind the keyboards. I loved the freedom of seeing the world through their eyes just by clicking the mouse. The new windows into their lives were fascinating...and it wasn't just the extraordinary events that held me captive. I was just happy to read about day-to-day happenings. Ups and downs. Recipes, family pictures, lists. I loved it all.

Maybe in this new blogland there was a place for me and my crazy stories after all. I jumped in and found a second home.

Here are a few reasons I love my blog:

  1. Words. I love to read them and I love to write them. My thoughts come out in long run-on sentences inside my brain. It's nice to have a new place to put all these words. I enjoy writing for an audience, too. It's fun to get comments and know my words have connected with someone else.

  2. Friends. When I was little, I always had penpals. Usually eight or ten at a time. I loved getting letters from faraway places and sending long newsy notes back. Junior high was all about writing notes to friends. If I had put half as much effort into my schoolwork as I had each gossip-filled, intricately-folded, heart-decorated epistle to my eighth grade buddies, I would have an Ivy League degree by now. Blogging fills my note-writing void.

  3. Record-keeping. I love my journals. I strive to scrapbook. I'm a big believer in recording memories. Blogging adds a new dimension. It's a lot less mess than scrapbooking. Plus, when I record my memories on my blog, others join in and add their memories to mine.

  4. Learning. Believe it or not, my blog has taught me so much. Mostly about the capabilities of my little PC here! Before the blog, I mainly used my computer to shop and do a little word-processing. Just six months later, I have learned to post, edit, add photos and connect to all sorts of goodies online. And I know I'm just scratching the surface! Working on my blog has given me a practical way to expand my limited technical skills.

  5. Inspiration. I love to read the words of others. I love to see your photos, read about your parties, try your suggestions, see your before-and-after makeovers. It's like reading a really great magazine, but better...because it's real life, not a set design. Mostly I gain strength seeing you push through struggles, reach your goals and try new things. It makes me want to be a little better too.

  6. Humor. Let's face it. If the Lord did not want me to blog, He would not have sent me such great material! This wacky life-o-mine is just too crazy to be believed. I have to write it down and laugh about it all. So many moments in my day I think, This is SOOOOO blogworthy! It helps me laugh instead of cry and find the silver linings hidden in all life's gloomy stormclouds.

So, thanks, Blogbuddies! It's been a great six months. Keep the blog love comin' for many more to come.

*This post was inspired by this one. Why do you blog?


Dancin Queen said...

Calorie-free--didn't think of that one! You're funny!

Dancin Queen said...

P.S. Did I tell you I know Amy? She lives across the street from my mom and we lived with them for a few months when we were out of school and looking for a house. She's SO nice and her girls are adorable.

Mique said...

Fabulous post- I'm so glad you started blogging. You a fave on my daily rounds. I can always count on fun, great writing and laughs. Happy 6 months!

Celia Fae said...

Kind of makes you wonder what you were doing before, huh?

I get a lot of personal satisfaction when I see how many posts I have done. I'm glad you're blogging away so I have something to read!

Marty: said...

In the olden days they made their rounds in a horse and buggy to visit friends and family, and catch up on the news. When I was a young mom I spent a lot of the day calling every day to make sense out of my life. Now the blog has replaced the method, but not the reason. We want to connect with others dealing with similar life experiences. I love it. I loved all your reasons. It's a community that forms naturally, with similar thinking people, it's a great way to improve the computer skills and journal, keep in touch, and support each other all at the same time.

Rochelleht said...

Great post! I have really enjoyed the last 4-5 months myself. It is hard to imagine what we did before. I started because my dh bought me a Mac and I had just gone on a trip and I wanted to share with it family and friends far away. It was an easy way for them to see it. So many of my friends started blogging this last spring and it sure helped us stay sane through that last long summer.

I love your scrapbooking reason, too. I'm so over the whole paper messy scrapbooking. I'm excited to print my blog pages and have great records of everything.

Stie: My Favorite Things said...

Loved your list of reasons. I share all those same ones. I truly am addicted to blogging and love it. It's such a great outlet. Makes the world a smaller place!

Amanda said...

I've been lurking for awhile, and had to comment! I LOVED this post! You nailed all the reasons I am loving blogging on the head. Although, I am not so funny! Thanks

lainakay said...

So glad that you blog : )

Bridget said...

Amen to all of that! Blogging is the way to go. Love it.

Megan said...

I just started blogging recently and I love it for all the same reasons. My husband said the other day he was going to get my friends and do a blog intervention because I have been on the computer so much lately. He was just teasing. But I admit I'm addicted. It is so much fun!

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