VLOG #2

I love blogging.  It is special to me for many reasons, chief of which are:

1.) I have found sharing my feelings and thoughts to be very therapeutic. If you would have asked me 2 years ago when i started blogging if I would be as open and honest and I am, I would have called you nuts.  I have found, however, that being honest opens up lines of communication with others and avenues for growth.  People appreciate honesty (I know I do) and love to read when people are being honest for a purpose.

2.) I have found common ground with many people, but also been able to form relationships with those that I am very different from. 

3.) I love learning from other peoples viewpoints.

4.) I gain inspiration from other people’s blogs. (Inspiration to continue what I am doing, try new things and become a better mom, Christian, woman, community member etc)

5.) It is a creative outlet.

So….why do/don’t you blog?  I would love to hear from you…..

Rachel

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17 responses to “VLOG #2

  1. I started blogging as a way to update family and friends all at once rather than mass emails or answering the same questions 10 times. Now my blog is my journal and my kids’ baby books. I hope it will one day be something that they will draw memories from and a way for them to better know me as a person. I love reading other people’s blogs for ideas, encouragement, and a good laugh once in a while. Thanks for the question. Have a good day. ♥

  2. so funny i am actually posting a similar topic right now!!!
    I started blogging because i thought it would be an easy way to keep the long distance folks updated on the family also I like to talk and this is the best way for me to get the “word vomit” out with out bugging the stew out of my un-interested friends and family.
    I like reading other peoples blogs because it gives me a little insight into their lives and doesnt make me feel so crazy when i’m having a rough day.
    its nice to know that their are other people who have similar or shared experiences out there.
    i’ve always kept a journal and this is just another way to extend my love of writing and hopefully I can one day turn some of these entries into a book!
    thanks for the question!

    have a good day!!!

  3. i started blogging as a way to do something different, something just for me. a way to communicate with other women, get decorating ideas, recipes, etc. then it soon became more about everyday life experiences, outtings, Ella, and so much more. Now it’s a good mixture of both! I definitely think of this as a way to document our lives so when she’s older she’ll know some things we did together as a family, etc. It’s fun and you can capture so many memories that you might otherwise forget. And your daughter is precious!

  4. I started blogging because I love to scrapbook but didn’t really have the time to do it. I figured this was a way to write about the stuff that I wanted to remember so that in the future when I miraculously have time I will have all of the things that I wanted to save ready. Also, ALL of our family live out of state and it was a way for the grandparents to keep track of what is going on with us.

  5. I never would have thought that I’d be a blogger either. I never thought I would be so excited to sit with my laptop and spill my guts. I began for one specific reason, but it has kind of taken on a life of its own and blossomed into more than I thought it would.

    I began blogging because of my back injury. It’s been over two years now and last summer was a really rough time. It got to the point that every time I went to church or saw friends I would leave in tears because everyone would ask me (one by one) questions about my injury/worker’s comp case, and by the end of the day I was so sick of talking about it that I couldn’t help but cry and cry and I would just avoid church the following week. It was heartbreaking because I know that everyone was just taking a real interest and that was their way of showing that they cared and were there for me. But I couldn’t take it. It was a really emotional time and I just needed to be able to give a mass update to the people who genuinely care about me so that I didn’t have to repeat myself to tears all the time, but I didn’t want to force it on anyone by spamming their inboxes via email. And so my blog was born. It began as a place for me to talk about surgery and pain and awful medications and waiting and all the horrible things that went on with the situation, it gave me an outlet. It was a place I could talk about things in my own time and work out my emotions so that I wasn’t constantly crying on my friends and family.

    That’s how it began, but very quickly I moved past only talking about surgery updates. It gave me something to do in a time where I was stuck at home and really really bored. It became a place for me to just say what’s on my mind, be honest and open in discussing struggles in life, as well as happier times. I felt connected at a time when I was very alone.

    I also realized that blogging was an incredible way to market my art. After visiting many art blogs, I realized how much I (the art history major) LOVE hearing about the stories behind a painting or drawing, straight from the artists mouths. It’s something that I feel blessed to be a part of now. All in all, blogging has been incredibly therapeutic for me. I’ve been able to work out thoughts and realize goals that I might never talk about otherwise. I’m a very quiet person in life and I find that writing gives me an outlet where I can really be heard. I look forward to it constantly. It really IS a way of life.

    I love reading blogs too. I feel like I’ve really gotten to know some new friends in a way I might not have if it weren’t for reading about life in their own words.

  6. jangelici

    If I didn’t blog I’d go crazy.

  7. Your Brother

    I used to blog because I like to think that someone actually cares about my life.

    Now I dont. I came to certain conclusions 🙂

  8. Well, if I DIDN’T blog, I never would have met you!

  9. Michelle Eastman

    It gives me a voice.

    A voice I could not have as a stay-at-home mom.

    If I can encourage someone, make them smile, or challenge their thinking … that is my desire.

    And more than anything, I pray the Lord will use me to draw others to HIM.

  10. Kat

    I started a blog! Yesterday…so it’s all of 1 entry. But it’s a start.
    http://www.chitchatty-Kathy@blogspot.com

  11. Kat

    oopsie, it’s
    chitchatty-Kathy.blogspot.com

  12. Hm, I blog because I appreciate reading other people’s blogs and I wanted to return the favor. It also helps keep me accountable in my art-making in a strange way. Also I am narcissistic, ha ha.

  13. Good topic! I actually started blogging because at the time we were expecting a move to Australia in the upcoming months. I had looked over the internet to find a blog or something to help me adjust to the change and talk me through the moving process, but couldn’t find anything. So I decided to start one of my own for other people to use.

    Obviously, Australia didn’t work out, but I kept writing about our lives here, and now my blog is a way to keep up my writing skills from college, as well as talk about issues in my life. Things like my spirituality, our struggles with fertility, and just adjusting to living and thriving over here!

    It’s also been an amazing place to meet friends (like you!) and connect with really amazing people. I do honestly feel like my bloggy friends are my actual friends, and their love and support means a lot to me. It’s been a great blessing to be able to connect with them.

    Most of my family have blogs they update, so it’s also a way to feel connected and a part of their lives, which is so important since I live so far away.

    Sorry to write a book – happy Thursday and hello to Kensington! (What a doll!)

  14. I would say that I started blogging to have a way to connect to others who were SAHW/SAHM. I found encouragement with the everyday task as I read other blogs and wrote about the happenings of my day. Now it is definitely therapeutic though. When I don’t blog I miss it.

    Hope your day is blessed!
    ~Charree

  15. I created my family blog at a time when we lived far from our families – it was a much more simple way to update everyone on our lives than sending email after email (especially since I always sent pictures).

    I created a photography blog so I could focus more time on my photography – I found that I was losing a lot of time to the hum drum of life at home with 2 kids. I needed something that would encourage me to practice my skills. So starting a blog that promised lessons every week did just that – I take my camera out every couple of days to practice, and I make sure to review articles/books for my lessons.
    It’s been wonderful!

    I read other blogs to gain inspiration and to feel connected. I am fascinated by the blog world and its ability to harness the good in people to help others in need. I personally feel called to find a way to use my blog to do that as well…

  16. I started blogging when my daughter was a baby because we have a lot of family living on the east coast. I wanted them to get a glimpse into what our life was like having A. around. That’s my family blog. But, I recently started a blog to coincide with my business, however, it hasn’t really gone in that direction. I’m focusing more on my family life, my life as a Christian mommy/wife. That’s important to me because I want other Mommy’s to see my life and know that there are good days, bad days and everything in between. Thanks for this topic-it really gets you thinking!
    BTW-I did a BIG oopsie while working on my blog last night so it’s now being under construction again! Part of the learning process, I guess!

  17. Dad

    I can’t because work has all sorts of firewalls:(:( But I like reading yours very much!! A BIG SHOUT OUT TO EVERYONE IN RACHEL LAND!!

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