Here is some background information about blogs:
The personal blog, an ongoing diary or commentary by an individual, is the traditional, most common blog. Personal bloggers usually take pride in their blog posts, even if their blog is never read by anyone but them. Blogs often become more than a way to just communicate; they become a way to reflect on life or works of art. Blogging can have a sentimental quality. Few personal blogs rise to fame and the mainstream, but some personal blogs quickly garner an extensive following. As of December 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 112 million blogs.
Scientists have long known the therapeutic benefits of writing about personal experiences. Blogs provide another convenient avenue for writing about personal experiences. Research shows that it improves memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity and even speeds healing after surgery.
Why I blog?
I realize there are some people that don't understand blogging and therefore may not agree with it.
I started blogging over 3 years ago to document my boys and the things they say and do for my own type of record keeping. Think of it like an online "baby" book. I didn't have much if any of an audience (and still really don't) but that does not matter much to me. My focus and 98% of the material I share revolves around humor and things that bring a smile to my face. Most people who truly know me as a person know I am very light-hearted and also a wee bit sarcastic. I am also upbeat and find the bright side of situations.
But, I too am human and experience all range of emotions like every normal person on earth. For the most part I keep the negative out of my blog unless a) I feel that by talking about my situation, others may be able to relate and find a bond and realize that it's okay to share how they are feeling or b) I've had one too many glasses of wine and the alcohol's doing the talking. That would definitely be the case a few days ago. I was reminiscing while being back in my home town for Easter. (Note to self: never blog after having a few drinks ever again.)
Simply, my blog should be taken at face value without thinking about what else it could mean.
I am very happy and content with where I am in my life right now. I have an awesome, supportive, and loving husband who means the world to me and who I can go to and talk with and find encouragement from. And my boys bring so much joy, laughter, and meaning to my life. We've found a wonderful church that we are starting to feel a real part of. My life's not perfect by any means, but really, whose is and what fun would it be if it were? I am finding balance and it feels really good.
So while you're here take a look at some of the bloggers that I read on a daily basis. Go on - check 'em out over there to the right in my blog roll. There's more bloggers in the blogosphere than little ol' me.
And feel free to comment. The best explanation I have ever read about a blog's comment section is from my friend Beth. Click the link to read her entire post, but here is a brief recap:
"A comment is more than just a comment, it’s feedback, it’s conversation, it’s appreciation. . . A blogger who is appreciated is more likely to be a happy blogger and a happy blogger blogs for a long time and doesn’t stop because they are under appreciated or frustrated.
The best way I can explain the importance to you, is with this question: Can you imagine wanting to share a story, a thought or a belief with forty people and preparing what you had to say, choosing the right words and nervously approaching them and then saying what you had to say, you say it just as you planned and you wait for the response and the person you are talking to listens to you, looks at you and just walks away. Without a smile, a frown - no reaction. They just walk away. And out of the forty people you say this to, only one replies to you. That’s how it feels for a blogger."
Now let's move forward and bring back what I've always intended to represent: Finding the humor in life with 3 boys.