Thursday, September 10, 2015

Why I blog

A couple weeks ago I shared the meaning of my blog name. Today I want to tell you a little more about why I started this blog.

There are two reasons...

1) Connection

I talk about books A LOT at home, and I know my husband doesn't care. But I care. And I want to share that caring and love of books with other people. And without someone else in my "real life," I was just babbling about books to Jim. Because he was there. Or to my friends, many of whom also don't care, most likely. (Other than my book club friends, but even they don't read as much as I do.)

I want to be able to write about the things I am passionate about and maybe get some similarly passionate thoughts back. I want to find people who enjoyed reading my thoughts as much as I've enjoyed reading other bloggers' thoughts over the years.

Reading on the beach in Door County, WI.

2) A record of our lives

Since becoming pregnant with Christopher, I've kept a journal (well two actually) for him. I wrote about his growing up. Originally, I was afraid I'd confuse stories of his childhood with his sibling's. (We thought we'd have two kids.) I wanted to make sure that I had a record of his milestones and funny stories to share with him as he gets older. And to someday share with his significant other. So I wrote stuff down.

As he got older though, I found myself less and less motivated to write in his journal. I think it was because it's hard to write on actual paper. I find typing so much easier. I thought I could blog about the important stuff. It's not quite the same as the journal, but it's at least keeping me motivated to keep recording stuff about his life. But also about my own. And Jim's. It's a record of our family.

Our traditional family photo in front of the anchor at Peninsula State Park.

I stopped writing in Christopher's journal right before his 5th birthday, and I started this blog a couple of weeks later. The timing worked out well. Now he'll still have something to look back on as a record of his childhood. If I'm super motivated, I may pull together all of the family blog posts and make a printed book each year. It might be nice in case this site doesn't exist anymore in the future.


Why do you blog? Why do you read blogs? What are some of your favorite blogs?

6 comments:

  1. I totally agree with #1. I wanted a connection with other bookish people. My husband doesn't read and I have maybe two real life friends who read a lot. And we don't have as much time to talk as we would like. I have found the blog as such a great outlet for my thoughts and to connect with others.

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    1. It's definitely been fun to connect with other book lovers. And my husband is happy to not hear about books anymore. I just bug him now about the few I think he should read, like "You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)", which I finished last night. He needs to read that one since he's a Felicia Day fan. :)

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  2. I know what you mean about writing in journals! Every time I try to sit down and write something, I lose my motivation. I don't know why. It's just so much faster and easier to type! I definitely blog for the connection too. I love reading other people's thoughts and talking books whenever, wherever!

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    1. I would keep lists of things to journal about in my phone (because it was always on hand), but then I would go months without actually writing stuff down and forget the details. The blog is so much easier.

      Yes, the connection with other readers has been great. It's so nice to share about a book and have others know what I'm talking about. Or want to read the book themselves. :)

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  3. Aww, what a sweet idea. I never thought to keep a journal for my son, but that truly think that's something so special that he will cherish when he gets older. I started blogging for a place to discuss books as well... it's tough when no one around me shares my number 1 biggest hobby with me! :)

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    1. Just found this comment. Sorry! I hope Christopher will like the journal when he's older. I wish I had more book-lovers IRL too. But blogging is a good substitute. :)

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