I love blogging!!!
It's true ~ I love sitting down & composing my thoughts. I love removing the ugly & writing about the beautiful in this precious life the Lord has blessed me with. I love being real with you all & sharing about an issue that has been troubling me. However now & again I feel it is important to reevaluate whatever we are doing. Asking ourselves if this is what we want to continue doing & why are we doing it?
I regularly do this from time to time with various aspects of my life. Sure there are the constants ~ my faith, my family, my friendships, but then there are those other things. It's been over 3 years now of writing here ~ journaling a little of my life here at beautiful Sunnyside. I remember tentatively sitting down & writing my very first post a couple of months after moving here ~ I look back & smile now! But it has been a wonderful place of preserving various parts of our life & our adjustments to life in the country & the many things we have learned along the way.
So why am I writing all of this? Well when I came across THIS post it made me think ~ why do I blog? What are my intentions with this little bit of cyberspace? ~ this one page among millions~. It's not like I'll ever have a big or popular blog, nor do I have aspirations of making money from it. In fact I write for fun and so am pleasantly surprised when the follower count shows that someone else is interested in this little part of my life.
I'll admit I often get frustrated & regularly suffer from writers block. I'm not a big talker & although I find it much easier to talk with my fingers, I still suffer from the blank brain syndrome just when I'm putting pressure on myself that I have to come up with a blog post that will WOW you all !!
It's not like I have a particular blog niche. Sure I write about farming, but I also write about our family, homeschooling, gardening, faith & even give you recipes every so often. I've often wondered where I fit ~ is there a catagory for "hodgepodge blogs"?
Many times I've considered stopping & sometimes I have taken extended breaks ~ not because I want to, but because to me it's more important to make sure my family, real life & friendships come before it and sometimes, well life just happens. Some weeks I can barely get two minutes to sit down at the computer to write (& as for reading ~ I still love you all & will get around to your blogs eventually :) ~ it will be holidays soon!!). But I often realize that it is this season in life & I wouldn't have it any other way. I think it's so important to not allow it to come before your priorities. If you're struggling (trust me I have many times) pray about it & take a break if need be.
From a recent trip to Canberra ~ sitting by Lake Burley Griffin
As I mentioned, I love blogging ~ I love the outlet it gives me. I find it an easy hobby & I love the fact that it brings other parts of the world right into my farmhouse. I love the fact that blogging reduces the isolation of living here somewhere in the middle of Australia where the nearest neighbours is a few kilometres away. I love the fact that some of my old friendships have been able to be salvaged because of the blog world. I just love meeting other ladies from all over the world who have similar interests, desires & priorities.
But as much as I love all that, as much as I thoroughly enjoy every comment that my posts receive, the true reasons I blog is still the original reasons.
* To glorify the Lord ~ if just one person is encouraged by a post, then it's worth it. If my humble writings makes one person think about their relationship with the Lord then sitting down here sharing my heart is worth it.
* To keep our family & friends up to date on our goings on. We still miss them.....a lot. Living this far away is never easy ~ it gets easier with time, but there is always that ache of missing them~ you just get used to it. I love it when my sisters comment, I love it when my Mum knows exactly what I'm talking about because she's seen pictures, I love it when an Aunty talks about something she's read on my blog & I love it when a cousin I haven't spoken to in years says she reads here (HI:) )! Hearing someone talk about what I've written always makes me smile :)
So welcome to my little bit of the world. I may not be the most regular blogger, but I hope that what I write brings a smile to your face & you feel like you've visited with a friend!
So how about you ~ why do you blog?
I'd love to hear...