|my study with a few of my favorite things (and friends)|
This is where I compose most of my blog posts
That is such a good question!!! (I wish I knew the answer)
Years ago my mother asked me if I knew that one of my nieces had a blog. Not only did I not know that, but I didn't really know what a blog was. I was busy at the time and the thought got no further attention from me.
But then a couple of months later my mother asked me again if I knew that Jennifer had a blog. Yes, this time I knew it but I still didn't really know what a blog was. I wrote to my niece and asked how I could see her blog. She quickly replied.
While tossing around the idea of starting my own blog, I had a terrible in-home accident where I fell and crushed my left shoulder. Surgery and months of intensive physical therapy followed that. There were many things that I could not do for myself anymore (or at least for a long time), and since I was used to being involved with needlework hobbies, I was at a loss what to do with my restricted movement. I could still type ... maybe a blog???
I have not been the same ever since.
That was nearly seven years ago. The idea of writing my own blog intrigued me but I didn't know what to write (although I've had a bent for writing since I was about twelve years old).
I opened a Blogger account and began writing. It has taken me years to "find my voice," so to speak, and since I floundered with that question, I started and stopped many blogs with different themes. I wasn't sure what I was supposed to be writing about and why.
My family and friends have been incredibly kind and forbearing as I've given them all manner of pseudonyms. For years I added sunglasses and hats to their photos to protect their identity.
I tried adding advertisements to my blog to make a little money, but discovered that in spite of filtering, some ads were appearing that went against all that I considered decent. After earning about five dollars over a three-month time with those ads, I discontinued them. Writing for monetary profit has never really been my goal.
Through this venture I have connected with a lot of other bloggers and have observed what seems to work for them. I've also learned that just because it works for them does not mean I should do the same.
One thing I did learn quickly was that venting anger on-line is not for me. A blog author can restrict some of her readers to an extent, but truth be told, once it's written and published, there is no guarantee who will read your stuff. So caution, good sense, and restraint are all good ideas.
Besides, who really wants to listen to an angry person, anyway?!
I eventually settled into some writing patterns with sharing recipes and photos of my needlework, descriptions of travel, books and restaurants, and most weeks I have something relating to my faith in God.
What has finally come to be my conclusion is that with the help of connecting with other bloggers through memes (pronounced like "themes") I have acquired a community of friends who, in many ways, share similar values and beliefs to mine and through our blogs and comments we inform and encourage each other. I learn from them, they say they learn from me, and I know I am growing into a better person for being in touch with such fine women via the Internet. It's become very pleasant and entertaining. I enjoy it so much.
I guess that's why I blog. There. I answered my own question!