Why I Blog

September10

I know that I have not been blogging a lot lately, and it kind of hurts readership.  It has been so busy around here, that when I get to stop at the end of the day I end up falling asleep.  I’m not answering emails or even reading my own blogroll lately.  I try to only spend time on the computer when the kids are asleep so that I can spend the rest of the time doing things I can blog about.  That makes for a nice Catch-22, because then I’m too tired to blog at the end of the day.  I have a LOT of photos and fun things to share that I will be updating in the next few days, I promise.

I thought that a good way to continue to be motivated to get on the computer to type at the end of the day would be to remind myself why I even have been blogging.  I have many purposes for doing what I do up here, and I thought I’d share them with you and remind myself why I bother to do this at all.

These are the reasons I continue to blog

#1 Keeps my writing skills sharp – I gave a lot of blood sweat and tears to be able to write with clarity.  Though I don’t always proofread what I post (I know, a cardinal sin), I at least know that I can take my thoughts and put them on paper with some clarity.  One of my college writing professors said the best way to stay sharp as a writer is to keep a journal.

#2 Keep a written record of my life- I started my blog in November of 2004.  This means that I have a running written record of my life online available to look at and refer back to.  I wrote almost daily while I was in Europe for 3 semesters.  The writing from that time has proven incredibly valuable to me because I can read what I wrote in the moment and be transported back to that time in my life that has been so influential and transformative.  It has happened on more than one occasion that I have been doing reserach for one project or another and a google search and brought me back to my own blog!

#3 Educate others-  I spend an incredible amount of time in my life trying to figure out how to be self sufficient and do things myself.  This includes everything from making cheese to gardening and making soap to sewing diapers.  I like to have a place to write about my experience and give other people ideas for their own lives.  I will start doing PDF tutorials one day of many of the things I do, but my two kids are keeping me on my toes at the moment.  All of my ideas are stolen, but my execution of them is unique to my own viewpoint.

#4 Grandparents/Family/Friends – Our family and friends are spread out all over the world.  Many people have never met the kids, but the Internet has allowed them all to “meet” our kids and participate in our family from their own environments.

#5 My future self- I am attached to the lovlieness that is involved in raising young children while trying to make it as a housewife and a photographer.  Time goes by so quickly, and the more I document in photos and in writing  what I am doing during this special time in my life (having small kids), the more I will thank myself later.  Even now, I look at some of the posts from a year or two ago that I wrote about Daphne and I have NO recollection of some of the things happening.  My life truly changes by the second, and if I don’t document it, it will disappear.  I don’t tend to give advice to people who are pregnant/have a newborn.  I do make it a point to tell anyone in that position that the best thing I have done for myself and my kids is to keep a blog.  People say time flies quickly with children, and they really aren’t lying.  Document it and savor it.

#6 My Mother – My mom died suddenly and unexpectedly at age 31.  She had a 3 year old a 6 year old and a 13 year old.  I was 3, and I have very little memory of my life with my mom.  When I was a teenager, we found a chest that had belonged to her.  Inside it were 3 hand-written journals, one for each kid.  She took the time to jot down new teeth, unique adventures and funny things we had said.  I have a record of my life from when I was a baby that I get to read and enjoy.  This is a priceless connection to my mom that I am so blessed to have.  I plan to be an annoying, alive mother/mother-in-law when my kids have kids, but if I should not be there for any reason, this writing is for my own children.

#7 Shameless Self-Promotion-  I love to share photos from unique and wonderful photo shoots that I have done with my business.  Posting photos I am proud of is my way to share my art with you my friends, not just the clients themselves.

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