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Friday, November 6, 2009

Myspace part 1

No, I am not writing a post on the annoying and cluttered social networking site myspace, instead I am writing a post on why I blog.

There are lots of types of blogs. There are blogs devoted to parenting, saving money, reading books, getting healthy, spiritual growth, cooking, photography, music , etc., etc., etc. Most large (read lots of followers or readers) blogs usually have a niche, or a topic they focus on. For instance, "Moneysaving mom" focuses on frugal living, or "YoungHouseLove" and "NestingPlace" focus on home d├ęcor and remodeling, while "Shredheads" focus on working out and Jillian Michael's The 30 day shred. There are everyday life blogs, but typically you start reading those because they have some issue (like MckMama's youngest who has SVT, or Kelly's Korner who had complications during birth). When you go to these blogs, you are expecting something specific. You want a certain type of info.

I have no niche, on my blog or in real life for that matter. I am not an expert on any one area, and I get bored without diversity. This is probably why I follow such a wide assortment of blogs, not just one or two types. I like the change of pace and thinking. Anyhow, my point is I do not blog because I have a lot to say on anything really. I have no wisdom on my own to share about anything under the sun. If you know me you know this is true, I am kind of a nutcase, always trying to do too much or too little (funny isn't it? I am either running around trying to be superwoman or I am being so lazy I make my cat look like superwoman!).

So why do I blog? I blog because this is my space. This is my online journal, if you will, that serves to get thoughts out of my head and onto some "paper". It is a place where I can share stories or thoughts that I might otherwise share with my best friends, but they all live too far away or our schedules are just polar opposite so it feels like they live too far away. I blog to hold me accountable to doing things I desire to do, kind of like one would do with an accountability partner… only we don't meet face to face.

So I post a lot of different and random things. And lately I have gotten slack from several people who read this thing and actually know me about some of the types of posts I do. It has actually made me self conscious about the whole blog. You may or may not have noticed that I have done zero posts since Saturday (except for Name that movie Friday, which I had already written- I have actually written those out till December! Ha). This is because I was worried about my blog being annoying to people. Really? I am now worrying about what people think of my blog? Does the people pleasing ever end??

Too be continued…

11 comments:

  1. I'd like to meet one person in my life who DOESN'T struggle with some aspect of people pleasing. I just try to take Galatians 1:10 to heart. "For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ." Even in blogging, we are to seek only God's approval..

    And I have never seen anything on your blog that would drive me to grumbling. :) I always find it interesting to see how you are planning to feed your family and organize your life and to hear about the things that God is teaching you. It is random, but randomness is your niche!

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  2. Amen!
    I don't blog about any certain thing. I blog about my days, about random things, about my life and just, stuff!

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  3. mandy- i love that you quoted Gal 1:10 bc it is totally how part 2 starts out! how did your meeting with the graves go?

    shay- thanks for the encouragement!

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  4. Seriously, who in the world would have a problem with the stuff you write on your blog?! That thought infuriates me! If they have a problem with it, stop reading. You are not forcing them to read, and I can't even imagine what could be bothersome about your blog. You blog about great things. You've certainly made me think more about my life, how i live it, getting back to church, etc. So, if these are Christians that have a problem with the things you share, then I think they need to reevaluate themselves. Your blog is awesome for people like me who have been out of church a while and for some reason are having trouble making themselves go back. You make me think about things and it comforts me to know that you have struggles too bc sometimes Christians that devote their whole lives, work, friendships, hobbies, etc. around the Church are intimidating to those of us that don't. But your blog makes it un-intimidating and makes people think. So, I guess what I'm saying is keep blogging girl, I love you and don't worry about what some people think!

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  5. I blog for me, and you should blog for you! You blog about life, and life isn't a one-category journey; it is multi-faceted. Thank you for sharing your many facets with us.

    And I do love that we can sort of keep in touch this way. Remember when you were my "Mom"?

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  6. I love the everyday-ness of your blog. I love the random assortment of fun and personal that you share. Keep it up, lady. :)

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  7. I don't know why anyone gives you grief about your blog. I actually can not even fathom what they are standing on? I'd be interested to hear. Anyway, don't hold back on posting what you want. It's YOUR space, like you said. No one HAS to read it. I love to hear about what's going on in your life. Don't let the haters get you down! (okay, yes, I did just use the word hater. I just had to.)

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  8. love you and your blog. it is funny that i was just talking about your blog with someone (Amanda B) and saying what an interesting and dedicated blogger you are!

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  9. who said something mean? I will beat them up!! SERIOUSLY!! I love your blog and love that reading each other's blogs has helped us get to know each other better than we even knew each other when we were actually face to face some in college! and I lovethe random stuff--I think it's nice b/c the niche blogs become too one-track and de-personalized, and if that's all you want just read a magazine!!!

    Love you! and we should hang out again soon!

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  10. Oh, honey, ignore anyone that doesn't like your blog. They can go find another one to read.

    Your blog IS your space. Poo on anyone that doesn't like it.

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  11. thanks for all the encouragement guys! now that i have processed things more I am thinking i was just being overly sensitive about the whole thing. but thanks for all the affirmation!

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