Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thursday Thoughts: Why I Blog

Recently, I've read a few posts on other blogs which answer the question, "Why do you blog?"  My very first blog post attempted to explain, but as time has passed, my purposes have become a bit clearer to me.  It's time for an updated answer.

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Primarily, I blog because some little nagging feeling inside encourages me to write.  I don't fully understand why I felt that initial push, but I hope my blog proves helpful in several regards:

1.  I hope that my kids benefit from having a record from me.  I want my love of family to shine through, and I want my children to stay connected to their past with the recipes, photos, and thoughts I post.

 2. I use my blog to help me stay focused on the theme of thankfulness.  Life is not always smooth sailing.  I have written a bit about challenges, both big and small (reactive attachment disorder and plumbing problems, for example), but I have always tried to put life in perspective.  I have no real reason to complain. Knowing that I end each post with a thankful thought keeps me from murmuring too much.  

3. I also use my blog as a self-motivator.  Each week, I need to have a recipe posted.  Each week, I need to do something regarding family history.  Each week, I need to have tackled some project.  

4.  I write to share my thoughts and beliefs.  Knowing that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me, that we are all His children, and that we can live together in eternal families makes me view the world in a completely different way than I would otherwise. 

5.  Similarly, I hope that my outlook on life comes through in my writing, and that I can bring a measure of hope and encouragement not only to my family and old friends, but also to new-found friends who have stumbled across my blog.  

Why do you blog, or why do you read blogs? 

Thanks for blogging.


You might find my posts on these blog hops:

Sew Darn Crafty Party,  Find a Friend Friday, Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop, Show Your Stuff, The Wildly Original Link Party, Wow Us Wednesdays, Down Home Blog Hop, Tuesday Archive Link Up, Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River, Grandparents Say It Saturday
The Creative Home Acre Hop Best Blog Post Ever, Grand Social,
Crafty Garden Mama,
Let's Get Social Sundays
Freedom Fridays
Tuesdays with a Twist
Pattern Party 
All My Bloggy Friends
A Peek into My Paradise



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9 comments:

  1. Wonderful reasons Kristi!!! I enjoy coming here and reading your posts...

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  2. I admire and love your blog. I think it's so cool that you focused it around being thankful. I've came close to changing my own blog to copy-cat yours haha. It's funny you say that you like the idea of having a record of your thoughts for your children ...a friend just mentioned to me that it's neat that I blog about my pregnancy bc my daughter might be interested in reading it someday. I NEVER thought of that until she said it! Made me think twice about what I've written haha.

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  3. .... and all these reasons makes me follow your blog and thoughts. Sharing your life and way of thinking makes me read this and other blogs. Learning new ways to think about things, sometimes very different than my way of thinking, which in its turn makes me think in another way.... Difficult sentence maybe, but I hope you'll know what I mean.
    My reason for blogging is to share my life and thoughts; in the lack of children this is my way to send myself 'out there' and maybe leave a mark on the world, how ever small and insignificant.

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  4. At first I started blogging as sort of a creative writing/learning the old ways since we moved out to a more rural-ish area and that worked for awhile. Then I started to connect with people and learn from them, see how they worked through problems and what they accomplished. Now it's not exactly like social networking (Facebook). With the bloggers I have chosen to read I feel it's more like being pen pals only more quickly and with visuals.

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  5. Beautiful and hopeful as well thank you!

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  6. I think this is really lovely, Kristi. Your children will truly benefit from your recorded posts.

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  7. My purpose for blogging has changed over the years, too. I blog to keep a record of my projects, to record family history, and to meet new people.

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  8. Good post! I am not sure how I first visited your blog but I really enjoy it!

    My blog really is my personal journal of my life with my granddaughter. It is a wonderful way to share her with my family in Michigan and I must say that I think it makes me a better Grandma! I sure know I love it! Plus I have met a lot of wonderful virtual friends, too.

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  9. I enjoy your blog. I blog because I feel like I have a story to tell. It started with wanting to share with family members who live far away. Now it is just a habit and almost a scrapbook. We printed up the first five years & it is fun to look back even though it's an incomplete record of our family.

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Thanks for making this a conversation. I love to hear your comments!