I’m joining in today on She Lives' Seven Days of Blogging. I’ve had a great time getting to know more ladies and the reasons behind their blogs. Grab a cup of coffee and prepare to be inspired when you go check it out.
I will admit I entered the blog world hesitantly. My husband has been a blogger for over two years, but he blogs about work stuff, and he gets to use company time to do it. How could I, someone whose head barely surfaces above the laundry once or twice a week, find the time to blog? Who would want to read about potty training and cooking and spending my life in search of matching socks, anyway?
But he knew I enjoyed writing (I’ve kept a journal forever) and he dropped hints every few months about starting my own blog. “You’d love it,” he’d say.
Yeah, that’s the problem, I thought. I’d probably love it so much I’d never get anything done around here ever again. I didn’t even let myself read blogs, let alone write posts – too frivolous, too much wasted time (my Norwegian-immigrant-homesteader roots always come back to haunt me). I put him off.
Then one day my husband told me he had created a site for me on Blogger “just in case” I ever decided to blog some day (isn’t he devious?). As it happened, I didn’t care for the name he had selected for “my” blog (it wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t what I would have chosen).
For a full week, I was in anguish, because here I had a blog, but its name did not reflect ME (never mind that I had no posts and no readers, and heretofore had not even intended to blog). Selfish, I know.
But that did it. I got on the web and started reading blogs “just to see what was out there.” It was a whole new world. Thousands of blogs, perhaps even millions of blogs. There were blogs whose posts were endlessly long and boring. But there were also blogs whose posts left me laughing and thinking and noticing the beauty in the mundane aspects of my life as a mother.
I was hooked. Once I had a name that was simple (and most importantly, that was my idea!) I was in with both feet.
I’m still hammering out the “what” of my blog. I've posted a little bit of everything. But a few principles guide my posts. Here are at least some of them:
1. Welcome – I consider anyone who comes to my blog as a visitor in my home. You might have to kick a few toys out of the way as you make your way to my kitchen table, but I will do my best to make you feel at home, and I will offer you whatever’s in the fridge.
2. Honor – I want to honor God, my husband, my children, and anyone whose name or pseudonym appears in my posts. I will also try to honor you if I comment on your site as well.
3. Honesty – Because of my commitment to honoring, I may not share every detail of my life with you, but I will not sugar-coat the truth, either. Most aspects of motherhood do not just come naturally for me, and I don’t mind sharing some of those struggles with you. But I have learned a thing or two along the way, too. Keep in mind, I trust God in all aspects (and I do mean ALL) of my life and I will honestly tell you that.
4. Humor – I really don’t want my site to be a downer. I try to keep it light as much as possible.
5. Brevity – I try to keep my posts to 500 words or less. Most people lose interest after that anyway.
Now that I’m “into it” I’m still trying to figure out how to get the rest of my life done and still blog, but I’m getting better.
And what do you know, I’m over 600 words. For someone who had not ever intended to blog, I sure can get wordy!