Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Joys of Blogging

I recently read a blog by a friend that talked about the joys and pitfalls of blogs.  I just want to put it out there right now.....I love blogs.  Now, I understand for those of you with children, there is sometimes the fear of privacy issues.  I have some friends that use pretend names for each child.  I have others however that just use the real names.  My feelings on the matter are whatever works for you!  I try not to give specific information in my blogs about addresses, phone numbers, or jobs.  Just for my OCD issues, even though we have no children to be afraid for.

Even with all these issues exposed, like I said before, I absolutely love blogs and what they can do.  Generally with most situations, I only read blogs that belong to people I know personally.  However I do have a few blogs I check regularly that belong to people I don't know, and probably will  never meet.  These are blogs that have to do with recipes or cooking, home remodeling, repairing old furniture, or any other topic that I find interesting.  I think the blogs available out there are full of interesting information that we can learn from other people.  I am the first person to admit, I am not the most creative person in the world.  That's one of the reason I love blogs, I can learn and grow from other people experiences.  It gives me ideas and helps me save money at the same time (one of my favorite things by the way).

However, the main reason I got into blogging was to stay in contact with the people I know and love!  I am lucky to be a member of a family that are very close and tight!  By close I mean emotionally, not physically.  I haven't lived in the same city as my parents or any of my siblings for about 10 years.  When my husband and I lived in Utah, we tried to make regular trips to see all the members of my family.  That's not so easy here in Washington state.  I've already missed several holidays and family events.  That's just the way our life is going to be when we live so far away and can't afford a lot of plane tickets back and forth.  Blogging enables me to stay in contact with with my family and my friends from all over the place.  I'm able to watch my nephew and nieces grow up without being able to be there.  I'm able to stay in contact with old friends and my cousins from all over the country!

I also love hearing comments from my blog posts.  I can't describe the little thrill I get when I see that someone commented on my blog.  I figure everyone feels the same way, so I try to reciprocate whenever I read someone else's blog that connects with me.  Thanks to everyone that always makes my day!  Let me know if you have a blog that I'm not aware of!  Keep them coming!

9 comments:

Oscar*Chantelle*Eugenio said...

I love reading your blog and althought I don´t always comment(Bad habit).

Cozzens Family said...

I agree I love blogging. It is nice to see pictures and read things that people enjoy. Fun stuff! I also agree about the comments. There is something about seeing a comment that is so exciting!

Janssen said...

I love blogging too - such a great way to record your life and share it with family and friends (and strangers!). Plus, isn't the blog world just FULL of creative, amazing people? I dont' know what I cooked before I was a blog reader!

And I'm very impressed by how consistently you comment - such a fun thing.

Miriam said...

I'm going to try and do better with leaving a comment on people's blogs so they know I've been there - you are right, it's such a thrill to see someone's visited and left a comment on my blog! I think I'm going to have my non-quilt blog printed up into book form at the end of each year for a kind of journal of the year.

The Zouns said...

I am trying to get better about blogging, and the few times I do I LOVE when I get comments, Thank you for yours.
My addiction has been more on just posting photos of flickr, its quick and easy. However, I figure since I love reading others blogs I should try and post more to mine.

Packrat said...

You are right - there are so many creative and wonderful blogs to read. I try to read many, many blogs (started with Janssen's and just followed some people) but don't always leave comments which is a very bad habit.

I don't post on mine much, because I seem so boring compared to everyone else.

Tara said...

I think I am pretty good at reading other peoples blogs, but posting on my own that is another matter.

Kerri said...

Chelsea - where in Washington are you? There is a chance we might be moving up there as Arthur is expecting an offer soon from Microsoft. I have very mixed emotions about it as I just love the So Cal weather. We are headed up there next week for a recruiting trip, so we'll see how it all goes! I would love to hear your thoughts on it and if we end up moving there, it would be nice to have a friend nearby!

Merrick said...

I need to be a better commenter...I think you're great at that. I love getting your comments on nearly every one of my posts!