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Friday, May 29, 2009

100th POST!!!!! Why I Blog

This is my 100th POST! WAHOO!!! It seems that a lot of my momentous occasions are happening very close to one another, so I hope people don't get bored with me hyping myself. :0)

I asked in my last post for people to help me decide the topic for this post. We are still in the middle of a big move, JMonster is STILL sick with fever over 104', and I'm overwhelmed, but I wanted this post to be good. Not just another "here's what we did today" post, but something that'll make people think.

No one gave any specific suggestions, but one faithful reader wrote:
This blog is a way for you to express yourself. What would be really dear to your heart? What would be an expression of something that is uniquely you?

This got me to thinking. Why do I blog? What is the purpose? A HA! That is what I'll write about.

When I started this, I wrote that this blog was an attempt to keep from smothering The Rev when he walked in the door after work. And it was that...for about a week. But then I found that I ENJOY sharing bits of my day, thoughts I have, and my views on certain aspects of politics. I like getting a conversation going, although it doesn't get going QUITE as much as I'd like, but getting people talking is FUN!

I've also noticed that blogging has kept me more attune to what is going on every day. I see things that need taking pictures of. I hear things that just have to be written about so they'll be remembered. I'm more inclined to delve into politics instead of stick my head in the sand.

Instead of doing photo albums, I've made photo books on Shutterfly for JMonster. One for every year. I really believe that blogging is going to help make those books better. I won't be sitting down 3 or 4 months after his birthday trying to remember what happened the ENTIRE YEAR!

Most of all, blogging has helped me make new "friends". Not necessarily just the readers of my blog (I've only accumulated 8 subscribers!), but also of the blogs I read. I may never meet these people in person, but I feel a kinship to many of the people I've interacted with. They help me when I'm down, and they cheer when I'm up.

Thank you for being a part of my blog! May we all continue to learn...together!


backwoods conservative said...

This blog is definitely uniquely you. Not being a family man, I don't relate to a lot of what you post, but you come up with some interesting little odds and ends I don't see anywhere else. That's what keeps me coming back.

I'm glad to see you're paying more attention to politics. I wish a lot more people would. Too many people just listen to the nice promises politicians make when they're campaigning and don't keep an eye on them the rest of the time to see what they really do.

I can definitely relate to the new friends aspect. My getting involved with the discussions on some of the political blogs has led to some very close friendships. Some of the closest and dearest friends I have are people I've never met in person, but we chat and joke and commiserate together every day.

Looking forward to seeing you put another zero on that 100.

Kim said...

And it's helped me keep in touch with you again! Love reading your blog girl!

Praying JMonster gets better soon!

Baloney said...

I love your blog. I love that it isn't always the same thing every day. I love hearing about your family.
So glad you started it. :)

Swizz said...

(blush) Thanks, guys! Y'all made my day. Even one quality comment is worth more, to me, than 100 "I stopped by" comments.

DRJ said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. I especially identify with your statement that blogging has kept you "more attune to what is going on every day." Well said.