I first started blogging 3 years ago and it was mainly pictures of the kids. And it was done very sporadically. When I was pregnant with the girls, I started blogging more because our family and friends wanted to know how we were doing and wanted to know how big I was getting. Joseph was also gone for 6 weeks while I was pregnant and wanted to see the kids and 'hear' the stories of our days without him.
About a year ago I started blogging way more often. This was also the time that I realized that there is this whole blogging community out there. And there are blogs about everything under the sun - ramen noodles, cheese, redneck feminist, seriously, you name it and I am sure that you can find someone who writes about it. Everyone has a blog.
There are a few blogs that I read on a daily basis and most of them are of people I don't know. Probably because there aren't very many people that I do know that blog. (or at least they don't' admit that they blog!) As a blog reader, I love to glimpse inside people's lives - it's voyeurism at it's finest. I can do one of my favorite activities, people watch, from the comfort of my home. There are blogs that I read because I admire the writer or their life story. There are other blogs I read and fundamentally disagree with everything this blogger blogs about (and think that they are a bit nuts!), yet I still go back for more. Warped, I know. I'm a total rubbernecker!
As a Blogger, I blog for many reason. The biggest one is that The Love, loves my blog. He's my biggest fan and number 1 reader. My mom is also a big fan and reads daily. This is how she stays close to us even though she doesn't live in the same town. I also blog because it is so therapeutic and I LOVE going through old posts and reading about what I was feeling and how I was thinking. I also love looking at old pictures. At some point I plan on having my blog made into a book, like a scrapbook, that holds special memories, thoughts and pictures.
And then I have these moments where I blog because I want to communicate with others. Some bloggers live and die for comments. I have read several bloggers that will do almost anything for people to leave them comments. I go through phases. Sometimes I could care less if anyone other than my hubba or my mama ever read my blog. Then there are these other times where I desperately want to know that someone, anyone cares about my little 'ole blog. I was having such a moment last week.
I had told some friends that I thought I would stop blogging. They all laughed in complete disbelief. But, I was feeling discouraged that I have at least 20 people a day (and trust me, that ain't nothing compared to most blogs!) stop by and very few of you say "hi". I was feeling lonely. And God knew that. So at the perfect time I got an amazing comment from someone I don't know. Thank you, Lorinda. I really needed that.
There are lots of blogs I read that I never comment on, but I am going to try to be better at that. Sometimes I don't leave comments because I don't have anything pithy to say. Other times it's because I don't want to admit that I am an slightly obsessed fan. But my July resolution is going to be to encourage others. And I know how encouraging a comment can be. Thanks, again, Lorinda for reminding me of this!