I know there are a million reasons why folks blog, my reasons might be like some of the million and others might not. Here we go.
TOP TEN: WHY I LOVE BLOGGING
1. I get a little time to myself. Ok, not always because if I don’t write during sleeping hours, the kids “help” me finish the post. By helping, I mean they provide good fodder. I guess this means someday I’ll pay the therapy bills.
2. I connect with some awesome people. It’s crazy to think that through the blog, commentors, guest posting and a few tweets on Twitter that I now have a network of wonderful people to call on for advice, prayers and sanity checks. This internet thing might just catch on.
3. I pray while I write. Many times, it’s not until I write a post that I see God’s hand in the situation I’m recapping. It has been a wonderful revelation and some awesome prayer time. Occasionally, I’ll crank Toby Mac and really get going. That’s usually when you see typos.
4. It’s a reality check. On the days when I feel sorry for myself, I start writing about how bad it is. Then, when I re-read the post, it usually goes to the delete pile. Life is good and the blog reminds me of that very important fact.
5. It keeps me accountable. Last summer we had a rough go of illnesses and I took a break from blogging. My cousin sent me an SOS – she was worried because she hadn’t seen me online. It was nice to be missed and even more wonderful that she reached out to check on me.
6. My memory is going and the blog keeps me from losing it. We always think we’re going to remember that funny story, the cute outfits the kids’ wore or that awesome place we visited but the reality is we don’t. But, the blog does. On a slow client work night, I find myself reading back through old posts and laughing (maybe crying) over how fun life can be.
7. It inspires me. Not necessarily my blog, but just blogging in general. When I read other blogs, I find myself thinking about something in a way I never thought possible. That can be a revelation or a relief, mostly revelation though.
8. I just really love to write. Sometimes it’s grammatically correct and sometimes I get to use fancy words like “anyhoodle” and “for realz”. But, mostly I just get to do the thing I really love. You can thank my high school English teacher, Mrs. Moutos, and my journalism teacher, Mrs. Todd, for all this craziness. They pushed me to write better, write more and to write about the things I love. Maybe they were onto something.
9. Seeing my kids grow up – day to day – is hard to see. When I see them on the blog, though, I see them in a different way. They are wonderful young people with two imperfect parents trying our darndest to get it right. The blog is my digital scrapbook and I love that someday, they will get to read about how life really was. I began writing this blog for my parents and my mother-in-law. They were clamoring for more news and pictures of the kids. I guess I gave them that, plus some.
10. It’s opened doors I never thought existed. More on that in the coming weeks, but it’s all very humbling.
If you’re a blogger, what’s been your greatest blessing? I’d love to hear it. And, if you’re thinking of starting a blog, I say: get on it.