Hi guys, I am participating in the SITS Get Back to Blogging event.
Today's prompt: Why Do You Blog?
I write because it makes me happy. It's an incredible creative outlet. And I love to make you laugh.
I've never been good at keeping a journal. I've tried a few times, but I never get more than 9 pages down before I lose it, or start using it as a paperweight. There are so many things I wish I could go back and read about- but I can't, because I was too lazy to write.
This is one of my biggest regrets.
Blogging serves so many purposes. It's a way for my family to know what's going on in my life (although sometimes that backfires). It is a way to reach out and connect with people (when I am alone in an office all day, this makes a really big difference). It's an exercise in introspection, and a motive for observation.
It's an awesome way to drive Kurt crazy.
(Don't underestimate that)
And it just makes me feel good.
Back to the journaling thing for a moment. My mom didn't keep many journals. What I wouldn't give to be able to read about her as a teenager, or a first time mother.
I'll never get the chance to ask her about these things. If she had written them down, I would be able to read her words and get to know her in more than an irritated daughter/exasperated mother relationship.
But she didn't, and I can't.
I hope I live longer than she did. I hope I get to see my kids graduate high school, and get married. And I would love meet my grandkids.
But if I don't, I want to leave my words behind. I want my children to read them. I want them to get to know their mom.
Not a glowing, perfected memory (who would speak ill of the dead?), but a realistic look at my flaws and my quirks and all the things that make me, me. I want them to smile at my ridiculous titles, and think "Wow, she's just like me!" or "Thank goodness I'm more like dad."
I want to make my mark on the world. Even if it's just a little mark, in a tiny corner.
I want to matter.
I have stories to tell. The little, funny, irritating, normal stories that make up my life.
I didn't think so many of you would listen.
I don't really know why you do.
But whenever I see your smiling faces in the google friend box, or read a thoughtful comment, it inspires me. It keeps me going.
You guys, I also write for you.
Thank you for reading.
This event is being sponsored by Standards of Excellence,Westar, and Florida Builder Appliances.