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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?