Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thursday Thoughts: My "How Blogging Has Changed Me" Top 10 List

John made a comment the other day, telling me one way that blogging has changed me.  Of course, his statement inspired a blog post--because bloggers are like that, aren't we?  

You will probably never see this on the Late Show with David Letterman, but here's my Top 10 List:


10.  I take a LOT more photos. 


9.   I've joined Twitter (@thankful_me).   Blogging is a gateway to other social media platforms.  Twitter hasn't hooked me in like blogging has, though.  (I'm blaming my non-smart phone, which I really don't feel the need to update.)

8.  I find myself accomplishing tasks so that I have something to post on the blog.

7.  I've vicariously lived through the polar vortex.  Maybe living in the desert isn't so bad.

6.  My world instantly shrank, as I gained friends from all over the world.  

5.   I google word usage questions much more often.  (Shrank/shrunk being an example.)

4.  I name-drop often enough that my family knows my blogging friends by their first names.  (And if your post made me laugh, you can be sure that I shared it with my family.)

3.  I'm more adventurous.  (This according to John.)  The other day, when he asked if a particular plate was oven-proof, I told him that I thought so, but if not, I could always take some photos and make the disaster a blog post--like I did with the exploding cake pan.

 
2.  I rely more on my faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ.  I've read heartfelt posts about numerous trials of life--mental and physical health problems, parenting challenges, economic woes--and I don't have the power to change anything.  A friend stopped blogging, and I wonder if the cancer took her.  I pray for those in need as I become aware of situations, and I cling to my belief that through Christ's atonement, everything will be made right in the end.  An eternal perspective is the only lens through which this life makes sense.

1.  I'm more thankful.  When I titled my blog, "Thankful Me," I labeled myself.  The blog became my own daily affirmation.  Co-hosting Lizzi's blog hop, 10 Things of Thankful, only deepened my resolve to be thankful.  Hmm, maybe I should start a fitness blog!  

How has blogging changed you?
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Thanks for blogging.

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12 comments:

  1. Blogging has helped me stay sane here in Tiny Town, Iowa. I don't feel so isolated because I think of my readers and other bloggers as my friends (almost sisters), and love reading their posts and comments on my posts.

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    1. Comments really do help connect writers and readers.

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  2. I couldn't agree more with your thoughts!

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    1. Technology is an amazing thing, isn't it?

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  3. Love this list!! No more exploding pans though- yikes!

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    1. The cake pan certainly added excitement that day!

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  4. I commented at lunch at work today ...did you see it?

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    1. I've been gone today, and am just getting to moderating comments tonight. However, I did not receive an earlier comment from you today--I'm not sure what happened. I'd love to hear it, though! :-)

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    2. I love this post Kristi because I love your blog...the blogging world has opened up a very new world for me meeting such wonderful people is the bonus part having said all of that I love my own blogs too and l am modestly proud of each finished product....late last year I lost all my pictures on all my posts (blame it on the stress of the holidays) so one by one I am reloading the pictures back to all my posts ... I am not beating myself because what is done is done and the silver lining is i am organizing my pictures for each posts, and all of my pics now have water marks on it. I hope to get done soon so I can start posting again but for now this is okay, I am still learning the how to's of the world of blogging which makes me feel good about my work...just a few months ago I added a print-friendly recipe link to all my posts (so proud ) I challenged myself to do that and taught myself how! Each blog I come across has inspired me to do better and to use this platform for good!
      Great effort and beautiful work my friend!
      Smile your a Blogger!!!

      XOXO
      Marisa

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  5. Here too, I commented on this post as the first person yesterday... Don't see it... Lost in the mail???
    Just said; Never realized how someone could change through blogging, but I do recognize a lot in your post. I feel enriched by all the great people - mostly women - I met due to blogging. Henk knows all the first names of all my blog-palls too. Just following the lifes of people all over the world is so interesting and teaching perspective too.
    Thanks for sharing and thank John for noticing! Have a good weekend!!

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    1. Hmm, I guess blogger must have been eating comments yesterday. Sorry about that, but thanks for commenting again--I love to hear from you!

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  6. Interesting post -- I love it when you make me really think. How has blogging changed me -- and I do think it has. It has challenged me into improve my geeky skills and to spend more time learning Photoshop. But the really best part is that it has introduced me to some wonderful people (most of them Grandmothers) who I would have never met -- and probably never will other than in the virtual world. But I am very thankful for each of them. -- including you!

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