Friday, October 9, 2009

Why do you blog?

I have seen re-defining blog posts popping up all over the place.

People who feel like they are in a blog funk so they re-direct the aim of their blog.

I have to say, I will never do that.

As much as I love all the love and support from all of you, I do not write for you.

I write for Keith. And my little baby. I write for my family.

I came from a family of seven kids. My mother was always so frazzled trying to keep us from killing each other, and when I ask her questions or for stories of my childhood, she generally can't remember specifics and often confuses me with my other siblings.

I want my children to know what they were like when they were little. I want them to have something tangible that tells them how much we love them and how much happiness they bring to our lives.

So I keep a record of it here.

Now, I may be accused of depicting a life of flowers and rainbows. A completely unrealistic and perfect life, but that isn't the case. I don't often write about the bad days or the frustrations because of an analogy I learned once.

In every person there are two wolves. The good and the bad. These two wolves are in a constant state of battle and who lives is up to me. I can only feed one at a time and while I feed the one I starve the other. I want to feed the happy wolf and starve the bad. I don't believe in airing my dirty laundry for all to see. The quabbles and disagreements that come up in every day life are not for others to pour over and analyze. The imperfections of my family are for us alone to work through. I think by keeping the good public and the bad private it will help to strengthen my family.

I know my writing has suffered a lot lately, regardless of that, I am going to continue to post, because Keith continues to be adorable and Jeffrey to be wonderful, and my life is absolutely perfect for me, and I want to always remember these times. Just bear with me and hopefully my writing skills will improve. :)

The funniest part is I got into a funk right after I heard a radio program on how to improve your writing skills. Go figure. :)

Oh and good news, I finally found the converter for my SD card, so pictures will be coming again soon! :) What a wonderful day this has been.

So out of curiosity, why do you blog? Is it for the adult conversation, a place to get your feelings out, meeting and making new friends? What is your motivation?

14 comments:

Familia Morales said...

I just find blogging easier than writing in a journal. :) That and it's a stress reliever for me, so yes, it is a venting blog a lot of the time. But it's fun to look back a couple years after the fact and see how funny it really is. *That and I can use it as ammunition against my kids* :)

warmchocmilk said...

I like the wolf ananlogy. Intersting. I blog because it's fun and becasue like you I want a record of these times. I also blog becase I want to be heard. What I think, what I feel. I want my story told....just like everyone else.

Capt'n Amazing's wife said...

I'm glad you feel a real sense of purpose with your blog. Some people don't, but I'm not going to talk about them right now. So why do I blog? Partly like you said to keep a record of things. Partly to air frustrations and celebrate good things going on. Partly to keep in touch with people that I don't talk to very much. And partly because I like writing, when it isn't a school assignment. There might be more reasons but those are the ones that come to mind first off.

Lee said...

I love your blog and I love you, but you know that already. I blog so I will stay out of therapy!

Widge said...

I blog for fun. I enjoy the community aspect that I never realised would come from blogging. I originally started as a way to share communication with 2 of my best friends. we enjoy sharing funny, uplifting, sad, REAL stories because everyday isn't a bunch of roses but every situation is an opportunity to share, learn and grow from and maybe help someone else along the way.

Missy said...

I blog mostly to get my feelings out. I also love the community aspect and I like making new online friends. I also hope that maybe I can touch someone elses life.


Stopping by from SITS.

Amanda {My Life Badly Written} said...

I blog for fun mostly. Because I love to write and express myself. I blog to be heard too and share my experiences. I am wary of airing too myc 'dirty laundry' but also want to be honest with my readers.

Em said...

i blog because i don't have the patience for scrap booking;-)

WhisperingWriter said...

I blog for fun.

Also, because I have an awful memory so I like to remember events. If I didn't write them down, I'd probably totally forget about them...

Happy SITs Saturday Sharefest!

Lisa Anne said...

I blog for myself. I don't blog for anyone. I won't advertise or if I ever do a giveaway it's cause I have crafts that I've made and no where to put in my house.

I have an issues with my blog design though, I can't stop changing it. I think I've finally created the ONE this time.

Veronica said...

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

It's funny that you wrote about this yesterday and it just happened to be the topic on SITS!

My blog is more like my journal. It started as a livejournal in 2003. I didn't get my own domain until this year. I struggle though with what I want it to be sometimes and in those times end up not blogging at all. I share way more "bad" things too as I tend to reflect and write a lot more during those times.

I liked your wolf analogy. Though I would be a bit careful about always showing the good and keeping the bad "hidden". I have had many friends whose marriages have been destroyed by things like that, and everyone was completely blown away, because they hid it and didn't get any support when they needed it.

I like your blog :)

Kaibee said...

Hey Amy!
Long time since we have interacted.
I have taken a break from my blogging 'cos a person from my grade discovered that I blog and I can't let him read my blog as it contains all my wrath in words for people in my grade!
I don't want people to hate me for what I have written as they weren't supposed read any of it!
I started blogging to put my feelings in words! To pour my heart out and feel lighter!
And also to interact with people world wide!
Really miss blogging!
:)

Noodle said...

I started blogging to share my family with extened family and friends... It seams like we are always busy with lifeto keep in touch with all the ones we love... I write about the good and the bad because this is my only active journal at this time and it's very good for my depression to get my frustraions out of my head and put them down on "paper" As a child I would fill an entire notebook with my angery journaling... I planed on burning once I was done but in all honsety I read that journal more than any of the others...It helps me see threw my cournet frustraions and see how silly some of my worries were... It put things in propective... But I Love your blog you always make me smile and laugh at the "joy" of being a mom and wife....Thanks!!

Sue said...

I just like the dialogue. And it's also cathartic...and creatively satisfying.

Your blog is great, by the way. I found you from Emily's blog, Emilisq.

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