Let's Talk About Blogging, Baby

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I’m a big fan of blogging. I’ve had a personal blog for friends and family for four years, and I’ve tried to blog every day. To date I have over 1800 pages – enough to fill a couple of large books, or four smaller ones, or a combination thereof.

Why, you ask, would someone blat out a blog entry every day? What on earth have I found to talk about every single day? More to the point, what is the motivation for my daily blogging habit?

I started blogging because a few of my writer pals from another site had blogs, and it seemed interesting and a good way to keep in touch with family and friends who span the four corners of the world. It seemed to me to be a great form of discipline; a good habit to develop. It soon became my daily crack – venting, whining, celebrating, weeping, laughing – and I met some amazing people who were doing the same thing. (Well, maybe not as much whining.)

Then, something happened. All of a sudden my silly blog took on a whole new significance for me. I started doing freelance work for a client, and one of the subjects was spiritual and ethical wills, and how the sum of your life is more than the pile of toys you’ve amassed. And I started to ask myself…Self? If you made out a will today, what would you be leaving your children?

I don’t have a big pile of anything really, other than words. Words that build the story of a life of a woman in the 21st century, trying to make sense, make a living, and make something of herself. Hopefully, my children and grandchildren will know me as more than Mom, or Gramma, and through my blog and my words, know me as a real person. A person that’s silly and irreverent; creative and still suffering from an identity crisis. Hopefully, they’ll be able to relate to the trials and tribulations, and maybe they’ll find inspiration or even just a laugh or two.

I don’t have a million dollars to leave my children, but I may have a million words – and I think that’s worth more.

So, if you don’t blog, think about starting one, even if it’s just for you, at first. And if you do blog, think about what legacy you’re leaving behind for your loved ones. Blogging is a great way to communicate your belief system, lessons learned from this life, and opinions garnered from the unique experiences of your life. No one can tell your story like you can.

Now, go tell it.

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Today’s Quote: “The only reason people hold on to memories so tight is because memories are the only thing that won’t change when everything else does.” Author (Unknown)

Today’s quote courtesy of coolquotes.com.

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6 thoughts on “Let's Talk About Blogging, Baby

  1. that has to be one of the coolest entries i’ve ever read. if your other readers feel even an nth of the wisdom, fun and creativity i’ve been blessed with through your words, they are lucky people. much love and light to you, your family, and your online family.

  2. As you already know, your Journalscape blog is a must-read for me every day. Your pile of words has made me sigh and weep and laugh and wish for moremoremore. My posting is haphazard. I don’t have your discipline. Lots of stuff happens that I could blog about but I don’t. For all the reasons you’ve stated, I like the idea of recording events as a legacy.

    For some reason my children have not been the least bit inclined to read my blog. I won’t expand on the lumpy feelings that gives me at times, but I know that someday they will want to read my piles of words, even if they don’t want to now – they will someday. So, tomorrow I’m gonna find me the fattest binder I can find at Wal*Mart and I’m gonna print my blogs and put them in the binder to give my children an opportunity to read about a life they never knew… even if I’m not around to laugh and regale and answer questions. :)

  3. Thanks, Dave — that is one of the nicest compliments I’ve gotten. Love and light to you, my friend, as a part of my online family :)

    Reenie, your words are going to mean so much to your children and grandchildren someday. Sharing what you’ve written already I think is a fine idea — and I really appreciate your kind words.

    Thanks, both of you, for stopping by, and don’t be a stranger!

    *hugs*

  4. Jam, if I had a million bucks I’d share in a heartbeat. I hope you feel the same — heh!

    Thanks, John. You’re much too kind, and the check’s in the mail. 😉

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