I’m totally behind on, well, everything this week…and if you look around this little space, you might understand why. The ol’ blog has gotten a major facelift…okay, pretty much a full-body lift! I switched platforms from Blogger to WordPress, which has meant lots of troubleshooting and countless phone calls to my pals at GoDaddy. Sidenote–have you ever talked to their support people? I don’t know if it’s because I was deliriously tired every time I called, but every one of them totally cracked me up. I’m pretty sure they’re comedians who moonlight as tech support. Anywayyyy…most importantly, they were super helpful and managed to get this thing up and running again. There is still a lot I want to add and tweak, but–baby steps!
So now that I have this new fandangled site thingy, I thought I’d finally write about something that’s been on my mind a lot lately.
Why I blog.
Six years ago I had no idea what a blog was or why anyone would want to put their writing out on the internet. Then my college friends and I all moved to different cities and a few of them talked me into starting a blog like they were. It was a way for us to share our lives–funny stories and random thoughts–with each other and our families back home. I instantly realized that I have a bit of a passion for putting my thoughts into writing. (I’m not saying I’m good at it, but I like it!) At that time though, no one outside of my small group of friends and family even knew I had a blog–and I didn’t read any blogs outside of that circle either. Then one day I realized there was a big old blogging world out there…and I knew I wanted to be a part of it! That’s when I started finding new blogs (of people I didn’t actually know–gasp!), which introduced me to other new and wonderful blogs, which even led me to a few real-life friendships as well. Friendships that I cherish and I know will last for a long long time!
Now…6 years, 3 states, and 2 kids later…I’m still blogging and I still love it.
1. It’s my journal. Confession: I’ve never actually written in a journal (unless you’re counting my Casio Magic Diary from 5th grade). However, blogging has been that for me. The one consistent place that I go to share our life…the good, the bad, and the sometimes ridiculous. That place that I know I’m going to love so much in years to come. What a treasure it will be to be able to time-warp back to different stages of life and motherhood. Maybe the kids will even appreciate a look back into the times they were too young to remember. That totally justifies those over-the-top 1st birthday parties…right?!
2. The community is amazing. When you think the world is a mean and scary place, go read some “mom blogs”. Seriously though! You’ll find encouragement, inspiration, and positivity in the comments…and a bunch of women who find comfort in being able to relate to each other’s situations. I never would’ve imagined that I’d find so many real and rewarding friendships through something like blogging.
3. I love to share. Whether it’s an easy, delicious recipe (heavy emphasis on the easy), a deal on a great pair of jeans, or the fact that a grocery store in town DELIVERS (can I get a hallelujah?!)…I love to pass along good info, and of course, that’s one of my favorite things about reading blogs too. My bank account doesn’t always benefit from this transfer of knowledge, but what are you gonna do?
4. It gives me something to work towards. I adore my job as a stay-at-home mom, and for me, there’s nothing else I’d rather do. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t still have a desire to set objectives, work towards goals, and learn new things. Although it means extra “work” at naptime and bedtime, I look forward to the structure, the challenge, and most of all, being able to flex my creative muscles. Or at least stretch them a bit.
5. It brings me joy. When I lost my brother, blogging seemed trivial. I didn’t know how I could write about birthday parties and home decor when my heart was in pieces. I kept posting but it didn’t feel right. Then one night at a grief support group, the leader encouraged us all to find something that brought us joy and start doing it. I knew instantly that this blog was it for me and I wanted to pour my heart (back) into it. Now when I’m sad I usually do one of three things. 1. Pray. 2. Call my mom. 3. Blog. And you know what? They all help.
So just in case you’ve ever wondered…that’s why I blog. Thanks so much for reading and being a part of my journey.