One day I received an email from an old friend, directing me to her blog.
Blog? Isn't that something you have to be really technically savvy to set up?
Turns out, no! I went to blogger.com and went through the steps. In about five minutes, I had started my blog, Welcome To My Life.
I started blogging because I wanted to remember the little things, the brief moments with my boys and in my life that were funny, happy, sad, interesting, questionable, and... well, just the everyday stuff that slips out of your mind forever if you are not careful.
Other moms do this with scrapbooking or crafts, but I stink at that stuff -- I really, really stink at it and, what is worse, I really hate that stuff. My blog was the first time I had ever really done anything creative that I enjoyed.
My blog has served several purposes for me. One: I don't have to repeat the same story 300 times, and the pictures help tell the tale and preserve the memory and the feelings behind it. Two: It keeps the relatives all up-to-date on the latest in our lives. Three: It allows me some time to express myself (I telecommute, so I don't get to use all my words; the blog helps with that). Four: Through my blog, I have made friends with people I would never have met otherwise, and I love that.
After the posts have been up for a while, I print them out and place them in a journal. Please note the journal is pure function over form; it consists of a denim three ring binder with plastic sleeves to hold the print outs, so I can preserve them forever (hopefully). Some day, I will show them to my boys and they can read all about the little things we did each day and the funny things they did and said which I later forgot about.
Since I received so much relief from blogging, I have started a second blog. Since my first blog was to preserve memories and the day-to-day general stuff, I realized there are so many things I could not write there but wanted to. At my other blog, Notes From the Edge of the Bell Curve, I can! It is really a place to fully express myself.
You are welcome to stop by and leave a comment, lurk at either website, or -- better yet -- just start your own! Happy Blogging!