Blogging For History

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One thing I’d like to emphasize is the need to document our lives for the next generation. Blogging has been ideal for this. In the olden days, before typewriters, computers and word processors, people actually kept written diaries. You know, like with paper and pen? Actual ink? I know, isn’t that wild?

Not only did people keep written diaries, they also wrote letters to each other. It was one of the only ways of communicating, especially over distance. I find this fascinating — we take so much for granted, these days. We are a society of instant gratification. Imagine writing a letter to a loved one asking an important question, and having to wait for DAYS…maybe even WEEKS for a response. The suspense would kill me.

Because of Momma’s passing, I’ve come to look at blogging in a whole different light. A couple of years ago, I encouraged her (some may say “nagged”, but that’s not entirely correct) to blog. She once had a column in the local newspaper that she wrote for years, back in the 70’s. She was intrigued and curious about blogging, and did end up blogging until March of this year, when she put all her effort into fighting her epic battle with cancer.

I am grateful beyond what I can express that not only do I have the articles she wrote in the 70’s about her children in the early years, but also the blog she kept in later times. When I feel particularly lonely or sad, I visit her there.  Since there is no grave at which to mourn (she donated her body to the local university,) it is a virtual place for her family to be able to pay homage and receive comfort.


The point of all this is, you might have a “business” blog, but I encourage you (not nagging, heh, just saying) to keep a private one as well. There are plenty of sites that offer this option; LiveJournal provides filters for subject matter, and MySpace lets you keep your entries to private only. Many sites allow you to password protect your entries; some hide everything from the search engines. The passwords to my private accounts are in a safe place, and should I Buy The Farm unexpectedly, there is protocol in place to unlock all my secrets.

Well, maybe not ALL. A girl has to have some things for herself. Heh. You know, like my Sex Secrets and where I’ve hidden my millions. (Millions of what, I’m not telling.)


My private blog contains letters to my unborn grandbaby. It documents life-changing experiences that have ultimately affected both my children and their children. Maybe it sheds some light on when and why I’ve done the things I have, imparting some kind of sense on how they’ve become the wonderful people they are.

When I’m gone, my children will have documented memories of me. My grandchildren will know me in a way previous generations never knew their ancestors. Some day, historians will use stories like mine to reconstruct a time gone by, in my own words with my own experiences.

I think that’s pretty cool.

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5 thoughts on “Blogging For History

  1. i think that’s extremely cool. i think the legacy you’re leaving your kids and grandkids, and the one you encouraged from your loving mother, are words that your family will always have and be able to pull close to their hearts and lives. 🙂

    i remember writing letters by hand. in the last couple of years i’ve tried to find someone to communicate with in this way, but things seem to move too/so fast. maybe i should seek out a monk or some such? someone with a slower life choice. with one penpal from years gone by, occasionally we would write little notes on the envelope to the other’s postman, just a “hi postie” type thing at first, but sometimes more. other times we would include teeny stories, sometimes involving song titles from one of our favourite singers/groups at the time. i still enjoy receiving emails, but i used to love receiving handwritten correspondence. and…. SNAP back to reality. 😉

    i don’t use my blog as much as i thought, but i am today (funnily enough) beginning a by-hand journal to record my thoughts regarding nonviolence as i work through some things. i just hope i keep on top of my handwriting so i can re-read it at a later date.

    keep on keeping on with your cool connecting, my friend. 🙂

  2. I, for one, am VERY happy you are blogging away. Good and bad.

    I am amazed when I look back to my blogs 5 years ago and see how different my life was. It is pretty cool to think in five years I can read today’s post and think of how different things are once again.

    And I really think I realized just how cool it is to have that legacy when Mickie started re-posting your momma’s columns. I love reading them. And they don’t even have anything to do with me. 😉 Such a gift. I am so happy you have those. And I am so happy you are leaving your mark for the future as well. 🙂


  3. My hope is more people realize that blogging is more than just a marketing tool, or a business model of some kind. A lot more. Another friend of mine is a historian who pieces together information from the past to create a picture for us today, and she has encouraged others to blog, even the tiny, minute details of life that we think might not mean anything. Truth is, in the future, they may mean more than we realize now.

    Momma’s blog is such a comfort to me, and I hope mine is for my children when I go. At the least, they’ll remember me as a real person.

    Ah, I’m rambling. Thanks, you two.


  4. Netta, i wish you had those courage and resolute to withstand the loss of your mom. This tragedy is but natural and one cannot find any one not having faced similar situation in his or her time. But time is the greatest healer ever know to the mankind. It is but a panacea that cures all. Let solace and peace be with you and remember “Nothing is permanent, even this shall pass away.” Says a poet.

    In yore days, there happen to be a trend to put everything to writing for posterity. But the archiving was not that detailed and disciplined still we have them to read, learn and adapt to our lives. But today is the age of servers and internet and we have technologies to record every moment sorrowful and joyful for future reference and for the reading of the generation next.

    Your mommas writing is nothing but history saved and protected. Your views are highly appreciable and commendable and i wish i followed those.


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  5. Sudam, thank you so much for your kind words. I hope everyone realizes the legacy they leave behind and how powerful words really are.

    Blessings to you, my friend.

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