Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Why Blog?

I’ve been reading an awful lot of blogs lately (don’t judge – I’ve had a lot of time on my hands), and somehow I’ve managed to find a few that are really good. I found a blog written by an English teacher in New York (so you know that puppy is chock-full of good grammar and eloquent descriptions, not to mention the expansive vocabulary. Damn her). I also found a blog written by a stay-at-home mom who calls her little collection of life stories, “Attack of the Redneck Mommy” (tell me, how could I resist reading THAT one??). Oh, I also signed up to receive updates by “Funny or Die”, an oh-so-funny blog written by REAL comedy writers (seriously, they get PAID to write this stuff! Did I hear someone say, “Dream job”?). Somewhere along the way I also found some Huffington Post stuff I like and a local current events site I refer to from time to time, as well as the occasional hopeful adoptive parent blog and some typical family blogs – which I’m sure are really meant to be virtual scrapbooks for out-of-town family members, but somehow always manage to garner more subscribers than I do (still working on that…).

Anyhow, the problem is that all this reading has caused me to re-examine my own blog and what, if anything, I am trying to accomplish in these little gems I post consisting of 500-700 words. Am I trying to be funny? Am I trying to inform readers about some pressing issue? Am I trying to offer advice – or perhaps just a little peace of mind – about parenting? Or am I just trying to put my own experiences out there so you, the reader, can say to yourself (or out loud, I don’t care), “Uh-huh. Been there, done that!” The answer is, “yes”, to all of the above. I wish I was as consistently funny or creative as some of these other writers are and could make you fall out of your chair laughing (or, as another of my fellow bloggers likes to put it, pee your pants), but that’s not necessarily me (although, I AM funny. Really, I am). And then, I wonder, why on earth would you, the reader, possibly want to read what I have to write? Frankly, I have no earthly idea. I only know that sometimes things happen in life - funny things, scary things, even sad things. Sometimes I like to read about these things. Other times I like to be the one to write about these things. And sometimes people (as in “we”) need to stand up and voice their (our) opinions or relay their (our) experiences in order to help make the world a better place to live in.

And that, my friends, is what this blog is all about. My personal take on my little chunk of the world. Sometimes I hope you are entertained. Other times I hope you become better informed about a topic that is near and dear to my heart. And still other times I hope you find my stories relatable to your own life experiences. Always, though, I hope to give my honest opinion - you know, Since You Asked….


  1. Do you read Kristen Lamb's blog? She might really help you to figure out what you are trying to do with your blog. It's fine to use a blog like a journal. A lot of people do. And then there are people who are trying to sell you something through their blogs. I have figured out that on any given day I am a teacher or a twit. I might be smart or stupid. I might learn something or teach someone something.

    If you think about, nearly everything fits into that box.

    Except when it doesn't.

    So that's when I have my trusty sub-folder: When Life Doesn't Fit in a File Folder. Because sometimes I just want to do something goofy. And fast. Check out Kristen. She's like crack. Seriously. ;-)

  2. Renee, I am definitely going to check out Kristen (I mean, with a recommendation like that, how can I resist?) I am having fun watching the evolution of this blog. I have decided upon a more concise format that I will follow, including a (tentative) schedule. I like finding the good in life, and really believe it is up to us all to make the world a better place, so I am going to have a bit more fun with telling others what is going on good in the world - especially my little corner of it. It shall be an interesting journey/experiment! As always, thanks so much for reading!