Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Ode to Blogging

When I started this blog ride, it was because of my friend Summer. She had moved and started the blog to help friends and family still share in her life. I started for alot of the same reason-but then it grew from there in my expectations. So many people that I knew that lived right here also read and I felt like my blog helped me be understood a little better.

Blogging has helped me keep in touch with friends and also deepen many friendships plus so much more. I don't think I fully comprehended how critical writing was to me until blogging. I need so many more words than talking allows sometimes. Other times I need to process things-vent-through writing. Unfortunately those are some of the posts that others often don't process well-but I am beginning to learn "written diplomacy". I also never realized the way to truly be in touch with myself would be to keep a journal. Priceless!!

What I never expected though is that I would be a part of a community of blogger "strangers" who "know" me and "get" me better than some of my real life friends. It is really fun and interesting. AND, oddly enough, I often think of my blogger friends as real friends-because you are. I appreciate the stories you have shared. I pray for you when I know you are struggling with tough stuff. You are like a great big extended family and I love it. Thanks for reading. Those of you who also blog, thanks for putting your hearts out there hoping your posts might make a difference to someone else and clicking publish.

Also, it wouldn't hurt to leave a comment because comments make my heart go all a-flutter.

4 comments:

Jason said...

I was having some of these very same kinds of thoughts today. It is amazing how people all across the world can be connected like this, when otherwise we never, ever would be.

thruchildeyes said...

I agree, blogging is just so wonderful.

hulagirlatheart said...

Isn't it funny how quickly you get addicted to comments? They shouldn't mean so much but they do. Kind of like getting asked to prom.

Jen, Fred, Jennifer said...

This and message boards......a 'friend' on the MB I belong to, well, her husband died unexpectedly. I cried, was so upset over this woman who I've never met face to face and yet I KNOW her and we have been there for each other for 4 years.

thankfully my hubby understood, but part of me felt silly being that upset over someone I'd never met in person.....

anyway..........I am glad I have my blogging and MB friends....there are times they've helped me in ways I never though of....