Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Seven random thoughts on Blogging After One Whole Year

Last week while I was flu-ishly pondering the fate of my one year blogiversary, the thought crossed my mind:

I don’t miss blogging at all! Just think of how much time I have! I can go straight to bed and not hate myself the next day for staying up so late (again) writing or reading. I can get so much more done! I think I’ll just quit now, while I’m ahead.

It really was a nice thought. But as the fog lifted, I realized I wasn't getting much more done anyway (I was just standing around composing blog posts in my head, instead of writing them down) so I figured I might as well sit down to the computer and put myself out of my misery.

So here I am again, blogging, and I don’t feel so bad. I actually feel rather good! I read over my first impressions as a novice blogger and thought, Can't really think of anything I'd add to that. But since Jenn and Sarah both tagged me for the Seven Random Thoughts meme, I decided I'd put down seven random thoughts about Blogging After One Whole Year:

1. I’m faster at it than I used to be. Maybe I realize now that if I forgot something I can always post more tomorrow…or next week, or next month…so I just throw it out there.

2. I worry less about what others think. The people I like in life, and particularly writers, have an opinion. They state it, and whether or not I agree with them, I respect them for it. Having a blog has helped me state some things I believe, sometimes for the first time. It’s been very freeing.

I think part of this is because our little community here is very accepting and encouraging, and that has made me feel safe to share things I might not otherwise share. Thank you.

3. My family is resigned to our new life in the “public” eye. I say that, even though it's just a few of you who keep coming back, I don’t use my kids' names, and I really try to honor their wishes by refraining from posting things that are too private. But it’s been fun for them to see their pictures and read their stories, and I’m surprised at what a good “journal” blogging has been for us.

4. Believe it or not, I started my blog not knowing if I wanted it to be a “Christian” blog. I thought I’d have enough blog fodder just with my kids’ happenings and thoughts I had about life. That lasted about a week.

I just can’t talk about life without talking about the One who is the foundation of my life, my marriage, and my parenting. What was I thinking?

5. I don’t have as much to say as I thought I would. I just want a God-centered family. Oh, there are a few other issues that light my fire, like family dinners together, not being too busy, and not getting hung up in perfection. I wrote about those in my first few months blogging. Then, I spent the rest of the year rehashing those same themes. Really.

I suppose staying humble, focusing on principles not rules, not taking myself too seriously, making my husband a priority, and enjoying each stage as it comes all somehow fall under those same categories. I am a woman of very limited passions. Hope you don't mind.

6. I’m not perfect (it took a blog to help me figure this out??). There are some posts I wrote when I was tired, when I was at my wit’s end, or when I was just climbing way too high on my soapbox. I’m sure no one is setting their doctrine on my unedited thoughts, but shoot, I should probably put an asterisk at the bottom of each post that says, “Stay tuned for the addendum, which will inevitably be forthcoming after a good night’s rest.”

I think when I started I had some vision of encapsulating my simmering thoughts into a nice, neat package, but I realize now that blogging is not that package. It’s more of a conversation with stops and starts, and some thoughts just never get communicated the way you intend. Or at least WHEN you intend. Thanks for rolling with me.

7. I’ve made lots of friends. Just like in my ‘real’ life, I count on a few of you to keep me posted on happenings (I'm notoriously behind the times in that department!). Then there are those who keep me organized and motivated. Others of you keep me thinking about womanhood and motherhood and living a life pleasing to Him. And now there’s a whole new crop (to me) of bloggers who keep me remembering what it’s like to have a houseful of little ones with sticky fingers and big messes and unending energy.

You guys keep me going, and I love you all!

Thanks for a whole year of fun. Here's to Year Two!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! I appreciate your blog, so I hope you will reach more anniversaries!

Melissa said...

Happy Blog-i-versary! I'm glad I found you...your posts have been a blessing to me.

Unknown said...

I am so glad that you are here in the blogosphere with me. Although my bloggiversary was over a month ago, I didn't really get going until this time.

As always--wise words and observations. Keep them coming.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking the time to blog, Katherine. I really appreciate it. Glad you're feeling better!

Susanne said...

Happy Blogiversary! You've been a blessing to us, Katherine!

rachel joy said...

I'm still here, always encouraged by your thoughts, experience, wisdom and practicality.

Andrea said...

My pleasure, Katherine. I love what you write..even if it's when you are tired (but I don't notice it! I just love what you say.)
Keep 'em coming!!

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

YAY! Congrats on your anniversary. I am so glad I happened across your blog (gosh, now I can't even remember how I found you!). I love reading all you have to say on Christian parenting. As a first time mom, I struggle constantly with just not knowing what I am doing. I love to read your words and hear your perspective coming from a little ways down the road.

PastormacsAnn said...

Happy Blog-iversary!

PastormacsAnn said...

Happy Blog-iversary!

Kimberly said...

Congrats! Were you reading my mind on this post?

Anonymous said...

Hi, Thanks for such a great blog. I am glad I came across you. I am also a mother of a 'quiverful' (7 to be exact!) Hope you can count me in as one of your new found friends.

You are welcome to visit me at:

Rachel Anne said...

Kath, you have such a great way of encouraging and making life as a mom/wife/Christian seem like an adventure! I love to read what's going on at your house, even when we get to talk on the phone whenever we want. You introduced me to the world of blogging. Now I have even less time to pull weeds and do chores, but hey, this is more fun. Congratulations, and keep blogging!! Love you!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you do it. =)

Kiki said...

Happy Blogiversary! I am glad that I found you since you have been so encouraging to me since I am one that has the little ones in the house! I don't comment very often but read often! Thanks for your openness, your honesty, and your love for the Father. You are encouraging in more ways than you know.

Laura said...

Congratultions!!! I have so enjoyed your blog and absorbing your words of wisdom. I'm so thankful you are going to keep at it!


Anonymous said...

Hi there, first off Happy Mothers Day to you, and second of all Happy Blog i verarsary. I enjoy your blog, please just take breaks if need be but keep it up ok. I am planning on starting a blog one of these days. For now I just enjoy everyone elses like yours Take care Sue H.

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog. You're so honest about the everyday happenings at your house, but yet you look at it with a humorous eye. At least that's what comes across in Raising Five. Your blog makes me laugh.

Hope you're feeling tip-top soon. I have 6 kids and bone-tired is how I feel a lot (that's even when I'm not sick) but I also think, for me, it's perspective. I tend to look at things in the negative. Having a blog has helped me focus on the good and positive. It's there, I just needed the right perspective.

Happy 1 year blog anniversary.

Anonymous said...

"“Stay tuned for the addendum, which will inevitably be forthcoming after a good night’s rest." Thanks for the tip. I think I'll build this into my template.

Come read my reasons for blogging --if you ever need more excuses :-)

It was written with justification in mind.