Today is the last day of NaBloPoMo, and I am proud to announce that I made it! I posted every. single. day. this month. I feel pretty darn accomplished right now.
I thought this might be a good time to address a question I have received a few times. Why blog? Why share things about my daily life, assuming other people will actually care?
Well, I blog for a few different reasons.
1-To focus on the positive. Though I do sometimes write about dilemmas or chaos that comes up in our lives, I purposely strive to keep that to a minimum. I will only write about it here if I feel others could relate. If I wanted to gripe, complain, or vent I would write that with pencil and paper and then either share it with my husband only, or chuck it afterward. For me, this daily practice of sitting down, opening a new word document, and planning a post, helps me to pay attention to the wonderful aspects of my daily living. What am I thankful for? What have I done recently that is creative? What little things are taking place around me, that I might overlook without this daily opportunity to get really focused? Writing about these things helps me to cultivate gratitude, and hopefully to spread the feeling around a bit.
2-To keep my memories. Time sure flies when you have a small child around, and writing about my experiences in motherhood helps me to organize the memories as they happen. I will be able to look back over these posts to see how our family is changing and growing over the years, and to reminisce on our experiences. Let’s face it, Mommy-brain makes it hard to remember everything that happened. I am also able to share these things with relatives who do not live nearby, or friends who we don’t see often enough. An Aunt and Uncle across the country can look into our daily life and share these memories as they are being made. Even the simple things, that might not come up in a phone conversation, such as Simon playing with his fabric scraps, can be shared in this way before they become forgotten.
3-To share creativity. I know that I love perusing other blogs and websites for ideas and inspiration. I love seeing what activities other parents are doing with their kids, what paintings other artists are working on, or what home organization solutions others have found. Just as I get inspired by other bloggers, I hope to share a little bit of my own creativity with the online world. I am very humble about this, often wondering if a post is “good enough” when it contains my sketches or projects. However, putting myself out there has really helped me build a little confidence.
4-To belong to a community. You often hear the phrase “blogging community”, and it is a very real thing. We bloggers tend to read each other’s work, share comments, and even get to know one another in this way. I have several new blog acquaintances, with whom I can commiserate, and share feelings and ideas, even when they are on the other side of the country. I think this is especially true in the “Mommy Blogger” category, and I know that when Simon was first born, I read many, many blogs written by new Moms, in order to feel less alone.
5-To write. I have been an almost daily writer ever since I could write simple sentences in crayon as a child. I always kept diaries, journals, notebooks, and eventually I started a Livejournal account in college. I somehow have always felt compelled toward writing, but did not fancy myself a great writer. Starting this daily blog has helped me make my writing a bit more polished. Instead of scribbling my emotions onto a journal page, I actually pay attention to things like grammar, vocabulary, and creative description. I still don’t think I am fantastic, but I have definitely honed my skills some. Writing is a good life skill to have. From a resignation letter, to a professional proposal, to a product description for an etsy shop, I find myself needing to rely on these skills occasionally, and therefore it is good to practice, practice, practice.
So…this is why I started this blog. Not to brag about my kid, or to have a diary of emotional blathering, but to actually create something worth sharing. I try to never write something that I don’t believe even a couple other people could relate to. I know my subject matter isn’t always for everyone, but I am ok with that. I am not trying to sell myself. My goal is only to share a little inspiration, and to practice mindfulness while I do it.