I frequent two message boards. One I own; one I moderate. On one of those boards in the not too distant past, we discussed the purpose of blogs. The reasons for blogging seemed, as the demon said to Jesus, “legion.” Thousands.
- To share our lives with family we don’t see often enough.
- To journal our lives and what we’ve learned in an enjoyable way. If someone else is blessed by this, that’s good too.
- A place to pontificate on issues that are important to us
And so forth.
I’ve thought a lot about it. Why do I blog? When I opened this blog originally it was done for me. My friend Dawn set me up with one over at homeschool blogger. She made a witty comment about how I do so much without a kitchen or whatever. Frankly, I think she did it so I’d quit spouting off in the controversial forum on the board. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
I blogged originally because a dear friend set me up with one. Then I blogged when I really wanted to get something off my chest without having to defend my position instantly with a couple hundred women. Then I blogged to share my heart. Then I started a blog with pictures of my kids an things for my parents.
Then I got sick. I started a blog for my crafts to show me what I DID accomplish while sitting in a chair for four months. It was a nice way to see that I didn’t JUST sit around on my kiester!
Then we started remodeling… I’ve been sharing pictures of that on the blog to save my message boards from bombardments of pictures. I thought it’d be a way that those who care can see what is happening without blasting those who dont’ care.
And shariing my life reminds me, when I go back, that days that seemed like such a waste, really weren’t.
Blogging isn’t for everyone. Those who see it as a means of “bragging” or “being busybodies” going “house to house” via the wide world web… probably shouldn’t. For the rest of us, it’s a nice way to get to know neighbors that we’d otherwise never meet.