One Year Ago …

One year ago tomorrow actually, November 11, I began this blog.

Thoughts a year later?

I am glad overall.  I’ve “met” some interesting people whose opinions I value and who I think I’d really like if we knew each other “in real life.”

My girls and I have loved the freebies and things to test and review that have come our way by virtue of having the blog.

On the other hand, it’s not all great.  I’m an introverted person by nature and the idea of putting my thoughts out there is not something I normally do in real life.  Sure, the internet offers a degree of anonymity, but still.  It’s odd.

Blogging in general also strikes me as a bit more navel gazing and narcissistic than I’m comfortable with.  Just as, when I was a child, I would put my face in the plate while everyone sang Happy Birthday, I’m not comfortable with the me, me me! focus that blogs tend to have.

It can be hard to come up with ideas, day after day (got a question you want answered or a great topic?  I beg of you to leave it in the comments!).  I really try to spare you a daily dose of my family, as I’m generally not interested in “mommy blogs” that seem to exist mainly for people to showcase their intelligent, beautiful, talented kids, and “The Prince” their husband, who just keeps getting better and better!  No offense to those writing such blogs; the relatives probably love them.  It’s just not my thing.

I also struggle sometimes with what the tone/voice/feel of the blog should be.  I’m a Christian, and yet I’m ornery/sarcastic enough that the “Hallelujah, Jimmy tied his shoes today!” – “Chicken was on sale at WalMart; bless the Lord!” approach just isn’t a “real” way for me to express myself.  You’ll just have to take my word for it even though I don’t hit you over the head with it:  I do love the Lord, even though I also despise what the liberals are doing to our country/what unions are doing to teaching/what megachurches are doing to christianity … you get the idea  🙂

7 thoughts on “One Year Ago …

  1. Wow, I think I learned more about ‘you’ in this post than any other! 🙂 I’ve been enjoying your blog. I, of course, came over via our two daughter’s blogs, but I’ve stayed because I enjoy it. I personally enjoy most when you discuss projects that you guys do and the entries about books. One of the reasons that I enjoy reading blogs is that it gives me ideas of things to do with my own girls. I also telecommute for my work, so for me it’s also a treat to get glimpses into the lives of other people like me.

  2. I loved this post. I started blogging to hone my writing as well as discipline it. Or rather, me, as a writer. But to my surprise, I found it is a great way to make friends as an adult. Back when we were kids, it was so easy, we were in school together all day, and we were able to get to know each other enough to get past looks and down to the person. Blogging serves the same function. Only the thoughts, opinions, personality shines through. We all seem to kind of gather around us the blogging friends that we would likely be friends with if we had the chance to get to know one another in our physical lives. I never expected the level of intimacy I’ve found as I’ve discovered “real” people behind these computer screens!

  3. I’ve learned more about you and your family through your blog than I ever did in real life. Reading your blog is one of the highlights of my day! So please keep it up. Based on the fact that you’ve now had more than 91,000 hits, I’d say you must be scratching where it itches, since people obviously come back for more.

  4. Congratulations on nearly completing one year of blogging. I actually wish you were a seven day a week blogger. A day without reading your blog is a similar to a day without sunshine! I have read many things you write in utter amazement. I thought I knew the real you, but maybe I didn’t, after all. So here’s to many more years of blogging!

  5. Congrats on your 1 year anniversary!! Mine was in September. I am so glad you started a blog and I am glad I found your blog! I think the Lord did that. I enjoy your point of view and your sense of humor Susan. Honestly, I feel a kinship with you.

  6. Congrats on your one year!!!!!! I’ve enjoyed your blog though I haven’t been around much of late. Surprisingly people love to read the ramblings of other people’s every day life. Especially when they “get to know you”. Then you can write about what you found in the bottom of your purse and they’ll love it. And no, that’s not a suggestion. HAHAHA Or wait, maybe it is. *wink*

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