Blogging, Humor, Life

Why I Blog

*Today begins a weekly series I thought would be kind of fun. I am sharing an old post that I dig up from the archives here in honor of my 10-year blogging anniversary this June!
Each Friday, a new post that hasn’t seen the light of day in a long time will be republished and I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane. I love the idea of awakening posts from a graveyard of words.
*Full disclosure- I have edited the shit out of my grammar, punctuation, and spelling (I did not, however, change the content). To be fair to myself, I had only begun writing a blog six months before this post published. Apparently, that’s also when I started speaking English for the first time as well. 😉 

 


First published February 4, 2011 

As I have mentioned before in many blog posts, I love to blog.
I have always loved to write since I was young but then, like a lot of people, I lost the time to do the things I love to do, such as writing.
I suffer from what I like to call Writers Attention Block (aka WAB) because if I don’t have anything, in particular, to write about, I just stop writing altogether.
I have learned through the years and via many a college course, that you need to keep writing through that block and eventually you will stumble upon a great subject.
Lord, I hope that’s not the case with my blog.

So why did I start a blog, to begin with?


When I was younger, I had lots of hobbies. I loved snow skiing, I played the clarinet, I was obsessed with basketball, I was artistic and creative, I would engage in crafting regularly, joined book clubs, even started my own cleaning “business”.

But once I had my first child in 2000, I did what a lot of women who have children do: I threw myself into mommy-hood.

Out went the days of creating a great coaster project made out of mosaic tiles and in came endless nights of rocking a baby.

Out went Sundays spent at the ski slopes, in came Sundays at Chuck E Cheese.

Basically, I swapped all my creative juices for being the mommy that I thought I should be.

Then one day I was reading an article about doing “what is right for your soul” and it asked me what my hobbies were and I stopped cold.


Hobbies? Oh, that’s easy..…..”

Let me just think here…..”

Hmmm…..”

Uhh..……”


It was then I realized that in the process of being this “super mommy”, I had kind of lost myself.


Where did she go?

What does she like to do when the kids aren’t around?

Who even is she?


My husband has hobbies; golf, basketball, sports in general and although he doesn’t get to enjoy these activities as much as he used to when he was single, he still revisits them from time to time.

So after reading the above article, I made a decision that I needed to reconnect with myself and find a new hobby.

The problem was that I didn’t have a lot of hobby-like things I liked to do. I don’t like to sew, I am not at all handy with power tools, and I am not good at painting/artsy stuff.

Around this time, I logged on to the computer to check email and saw an email notification from Blogger about a blog I had forgotten all about.

I created it back in 2008 when Ella was a newborn to keep an online journal for myself. I wrote one post and then never returned to it (Typical WAB).

It sparked something inside me.


I want to write again!
About nothing!
Something!
Anything!


And so I did just that.

They say to be a good writer you should write about what you love.
So that’s what I am doing.

I hope you know that having loyal followers who are reading this blog every week is just a bonus.
Thank you so much for taking this journey along with me.

And now, I have a hobby.

 

14 thoughts on “Why I Blog”

  1. I had a blog for a few years and I loved it… and then I finally got a boyfriend (hooray!) and it's been pretty much ignored ever since… Of course, now I have plenty to blog about… and in 5 weeks, I will have plenty of time to write!! 🙂

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  2. @Jenny- I think I knew you had a blog. Do you ever go back and write in it? I think it would be a great legacy to leave to your little one. :)@Kristy- Thanks! Anything to brighten up all this dreary weather, right??

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  3. Girlfriend, I can so relate to this.

    My blog just turned 11, I think, and. Wondering if there are any posts from that first year that I would want to share again (lol). As it is, I’ve been toying with revamping the blog (or get a new URL and start over with a few of the posts) because there is so much there that has not been viewed in 10 years or possible ever!

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    1. I would love to read the posts from your first year of blogging! It’s fun to see how your blog evolves over time, especially blogs that have been around for a long time. I swear it seems like I just began blogging! 😳

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  4. Dearest box-of-rocks Kari (ha- love that),

    So glad you have revmcently picked up english as a new language. Bah!

    I have been reading everyone’s decade recaps the last few days and it has left me feeling like ‘What the heck am I up to besides driving kids around and laundry?’ I do blog, of course but I can definitely identify with the feeling of doing all things kid related and then feeling exhausted and without my own ‘thing.’ Cause babysitting for the masses does not count. Sigh.

    Looking forward to your retro posts. I shudder to think of my lengthy all-one -paragraph posts of my early blog days. You are braver than me.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. That’s the funny thing about end of anything posts, they can leave you feeling like you’ve done nothing. That’s also why I avoid Facebook like the plague. It’s a one-up festival over there.

      You’re doing amazing things….raising six kids is two full-time jobs. Then add in your babysitting. I don’t know how YOU do it. ❤️

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  5. I’m often horrified at the grammar and spelling mistakes I find in old posts too. I don’t know if I just don’t take the time to proofread like I should or what but I am always fixing up my older posts. I’m glad you haven’t suffered from WAB too much lately as I really enjoy reading your blog.

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  6. Blogging definitely helped me reawaken the creativity that mommy-hood seemed to smother in the beginning. And now it’s keeping me writing which is always a good thing.

    I’m so very glad you have continued with your writing!

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