I’m fairly new at this whole blogging thing. But it’s fun. It helps me process all the craziness that goes on in my daily life, much like a journal…but one that anyone can read! Kind of scary! Today I met up with an old friend from college who has taken a peek or two at my blog. She showed my blog to another friend of hers who loved it. Now they both want to blog. Because of me…maybe it shouldn’t be, but its kind of flattering. I was telling her today that although I haven’t been doing this long, and although I don’t have as many readers as a lot of bloggers, I still really enjoy it. It’s something that I don’t have to do, but is fun to do. It’s a way to express myself, find fellow moms in the same trenches as I’m in, and have a good laugh or two. I’ll often find that something not-so-funny in real life is actually pretty funny once I type it up. Perspective is key, I guess!
I’ve talked a little before about why I like to blog. It is theraputic, and it’s fun. I can get out what I need to get out of my system without having to censor(too much) what I say, and if something is bothering me I can often blog about it and let it go. (I haven’t been able to let go of the whole poop thing. He’s gone on the potty twice yet, but nothing consistant. If he doesn’t get the hang of it soon, he won’t be able to go to school. Lord help us all if he can’t go to Mother’s Day Out…I need MDO to keep me sane!)
And I’ve met some really cool, fun people-some who are like me in many ways, and others who have absolutely nothing in common with me. Either way, it’s fun to read about them and their lives. A lot of these ladies are going to the big Blogher conference in San Francisco this weekend. I’m super jealous! Not only have I never been to California, but I’ve never been to any kind of blogging event. The conference attendees will be talking about all kinds of topics that come up in my daily blogging life like privacy issues for moms and kids, positive posting(although I try to blog about happy/funny stuff, I sometimes tend to sink into not-so-fun stuff, too), building traffic on your site, and about living your life in the fishbowl that is the internet. One of the most intriguing events I’ve seen on the Blogher ’08 agenda is the Day 2 Closing Keynote: Living the Truman Show. If you’re not a blogger, you’ll probably think this is crazy. But if you are a blogger, you can’t not identify:
…haven’t you experienced some or all of these symptoms?
Parts of life get nearly fictionalized in your own head as you plan your next blog post about events happening in real-time People confuse you with a character and forget you’re a real human being As your friends, co-workers and family become more aware of your blog they either get caught up in it all…or get more and more uncomfortable. By blogging we sometimes put ourselves in a fishbowl. Hilarity (and sometimes other not-so-funny stuff) ensues.
I know that there are people in my “real” life that think my blogging is silly or frivolous, crazy even. But I like it…and I like meeting people like you! And so, for now at least, I will still be here and still be blogging-chatting away about my life, reading about yours if you blog, asking for advice, and probably occasionally giving some, too.