I have kept a diary since I was a little girl.
One of my crushing moments was when my older brother found it and read it aloud to his friends. We were all kids. I was furious then.
Now I smile at the memory. How I wish I still had those diaries with their locks and keys and childhood scribbling!
A Blogger is Born
I started this blog in August 2015 because of my older son.
He kept telling me that it would be a good thing for me to do.
After all, I was writing anyhow so why not take that writing and share it with an audience?
I don’t do everything my sons tell me to do but this time I did.
Benefits of Blogging
This is what blogging has done for me.
It has made me organize my thoughts and express them on paper.
It has made me more observant of the world around me. I now carry my “field notes” with me most places. I jot down ideas, quotes, and interesting tidbits.
It has taught me to think through the eyes of others as I read other blogs and read the comments to my blog.
It introduced me to a wonderful community of caring, wise and articulate writers around the world.
I admit that I was nervous because of what I had heard about trolls hounding people.
I did not want to be harassed. I did not want to feel unsafe or intimidated by other bloggers.
Instead, I found just the opposite. I was not hounded. I was not ridiculed. Instead, bloggers have been very supportive.
It has been fun. I do it because I like to connect with others. It calms my brain which is teeming with ideas, thoughts and reactions. I have learned so much. Thank goodness for the Internet as it allows me to “google” something I read on a post.
There is nothing I love better than to spend time with my sons.
We have a shared history. We have a shorthand that allows us to convey emotions just with a word or a look.
Yet, I have moved on from the woman they experienced growing up.
My life has not gone according to plan. Too, there is a significant part of my life that occurred before their births.
Even though motherhood is one of my treasured badges of life, it is not the only one. I want them to know me as a person.
In a Nutshell
Most of all, I blog for me.
I find it therapeutic and helpful to share my life, my observations and my concerns with a responsive audience.
I thank you and I ask you to share, if you wish, why you blog.