Friday, September 12, 2008

Why Blog?

That is the question.



I have been doing this for over 2 years now. There are seasons of my life that I pause and reconsider how important it is to me, only to find myself logging on and writing another post. When I first got started I didn't think anyone would read it, and in someways I liked that. I was free to type whatever, and to have no judgements passed on. I knew that people that I didn't know would read it, but I didn't care about their opinions so much. However, as time has went on and people began to catch wind of my blogging and other's blogs it changed the landscape of blogging for me. All of a sudden I would show up at church get-togethers and people would mention things or stories to me about my life that only my blog could have revealed. It was sort of strange, but I also found that it opened up doors of friendship that otherwise wouldn't have been opened. So there were pros and cons to it, as there is to anything in life. Because of this I have weighed in my mind whether I wanted to know who was reading me, or whether I should keep a close eye on who is checking out my blog through my site meter. I figured it was better to know and to be educated about it than not. Again it effected my blogging. I mean I have never wanted to use the blogging world as an outlet to divulge deep dark secrets, (that would be ridiculous). Not that I have any REAL deep dark secrets amongst my friends anyway. Most people in my church-circle know my life, even the uglies. *sigh* So why do I continue to blog? That truly is THE question; one I ask myself regularly. Blogging has encouraged me to put things in perspective before I begin to taint it with emotions. What I mean to say is that sometimes we FEEL something, but once you work your way through the emotions of it you put it into a healthy perspective. Blogging does that for me. I want to be real. I don't want to give an emotional rant that later, after some deliberation, I regret, because that is normally what happens with rants. I want to have a healthy, realistic view of my life and how I truly feel about it.



So I blog to share with myself, my family, and the world who I am. I have a one-time journey in this world. Thirty-seven years has blazed by. My childhood almost feels like a dream, rather than true experiences anymore. It all goes by so fast. I think back on when River was a baby and I only remember basic relevant moments of time. I don't remember what he looked like throughout every stage of his life without looking back on pictures. I may have forgotten he wore that Osh Kosh B' Gosh outfit when he was learning to crawl, except I either saw it in a photograph, or I wrote it down somewhere. There just isn't enough space in this brain for all the sweet details of my life, without something conjuring it up for me. It makes me sad that my brain works like that, but I have learned to accept that about myself, and therefore I blog. I blog to remember. I blog to be accountable. I blog to share. I blog, therefore I am.....hehehe


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11 comments:

JoAnn said...

And I for one truly enjoy reading your blog!! Your little stories are wonderful. And you have brought many of us together in this blogging world. So please continue on sis. Love Ya!

Nicki said...

I love reading your blog too, Trina. :)

I stopped blogging for about a year and just recently started up again. When I wasn't blogging, I felt like I was forgetting the details of what was going on in our lives. Now, I'm going to start writing some of it down again. This time around, I've let more of my family and friends in on my blogging, so we'll see how that goes. But, I'm definitely going to try again. :)

Colleen said...

I only recently started blogging, and it was because of the girls I met on one of our message boards. I see it as a way to remember details that I normally wouldn't, and to share some fun days with family and friends. Keep blogging Trina! I'll miss it too much if you stop. :)

Mrs.Martin said...

Colin reads your blog everday. We love seeing family pics and family stories and church stuff in general. What is funny is that when you talked me into it, Colin was a nay sayer to blogging and now he reads the brethrens over lunch. He doesn't have a blog and probably never will, but loves to read about the brethren. It is very therapeutic to just write anyway, but as a mother to capture some portion of the life you are living is a good thing.

Keep on Blogging.

skylene said...

I enjoy reading your blog too.I like seeing what other people's families are up to and getting a peek at assemblies other places. It's been awhile since I had time to check out your blog, looks like life's been going well for you all. Good!

Sharanya said...

I'm so glad you blog. I remember when you were expecting Boaz and he was due any minute and a whole week went past, and I was thinking, "when will Trina have her baby boy?" My friend Tina and I would ask each other everyday if there was any news of you, and when she didn't have access to the net she'd call me twice a day to asl if you had had your baby. It's wonderful how you manage to touch the lives of people you've never met.
Thank you for blogging, Trina.

Sis Stubby said...

I am so thankful you blog.I love reading your post.I have meet so many brothern on here I would not have other wise meet.You have a way of writing that we all love.

Fifi said...

I love my local an international readers, but I mainly blog to keep a virtual diary for our family to be able to look back and say " Do you remember when so-n-so did so-n-so!!!!!?"

My brother thinks it's vanity..... but I'm not even going there!!!!!

Lori said...

I love your blog and miss your posts when you don't post for a bit. Your faith is inspiring!!
You may not even realize it but your blog also reaches people in a way that makes us count our blessings and appreciate what God had done for us.

Laura said...

As a very behind scrapbooker, I find blogging to be an easy way to remember the little details that could so easily be forgotten. And if anyone else likes it along the way, all the better! :)

Neena said...

Mom blogs for the same reason, and after listening to her talk about it, I look and realize that that is what I'm doing too. I neglect my journal for sometimes months at a time, but I'm usually at least fairly on time with my blog posts. And the things that I put on my blog are the things that interest me as I look back on them. Also, let me just throw in the fact that it is so much easier for me to go back and read my blog, because I don't have all that great of handwriting (especially cursive!)!!