Blogging is a big part of my life. I've been blogging for over three years now, with no end in sight. I love having an online journal where I can write about anything I want.
I can read things I wrote when my oldest son was only 18 months old, and find out what we were doing on any given day. I love having our lives documented this way. That's just one of the great joys of blogging. Blogging has also taught me a lot.
Without further ado, here is my list of...
The TOP TEN things blogging has taught me:
1. The unexpected surprises life throws your way are suddenly great blog fodder - like the time I found two raw eggs, cracked in the bottom of my Louis Vuitton? Great blog fodder. Add that to the copious amounts of times I've had to clean up poo from a bathtub (ew!) or had to clean up vomit (I don't, really - I'm a deer caught in headlights, so my husband does that nasty pick-up), or the mess one toddler can make when left alone for one minute in the high chair - these life experiences become exciting things to write about!
2. Trying to explain your love of blogging to people who are not bloggers themselves is almost futile. I try. And each time, it fails. Non-bloggers just don't care all that much! They don't get the obsession. (Really, what's wrong with these people?)
3. When you're blogging - reading other blogs or writing posts for your own blog - time passes so quickly, you will not believe it's already 1 a.m. Seriously - sitting in front of a computer screen, blogging, it's as if life is in fast-forward mode. That dishwasher you were supposed to empty after the kids went to bed? You put it off for another day. The laundry you were going to tackle? Nope, not going to get done. Blogging comes first!
4. The relationships that are formed are awesome. The blogosphere is filled with talented, helpful people, other great 'mom' bloggers. I've met quite a few bloggers in real life, and they are just as great as I thought they'd be. Bloggers are the real deal! Friendships are formed, and the connections are great.
5. Comments make me very happy - reading comments from all of my readers really puts a smile on my face. Seeing familiar faces and reading what people have to say about the things I write about is a wonderful thing.
6. Blogging has taught my children to fend for themselves, sometimes. "I'm coming!" I'll say, only to seconds later (okay, fine... 20 minutes later) realize that the fight my boys were in has now been resolved. See why me being busy on the computer is a good thing? My boys are learning to interact without as much involvement from me!
7. Blogging has also taught my four year old a lot about the Internet, and about what a blog is. And I get to hear him say: "No more blogging on your phone, mommy!" Which, of course invokes some MOMMY GUILT!
8. There are some seriously talented bloggers out there. I'm really thankful for these great writers, because they make me want to become a better writer myself. Blogging has taught me that it is important to write it all down. Inspiration, baby!
9. Blogging has also taught me that sadly, I have to censor myself at times. There are far too many 'real' people who read my blog, and sometimes, great blog posts cannot get published. I don't need those types of confrontations, you know? Let's take a moment to mourn the blog posts that will never be...
10. Blogging is so addictive, that sometimes, I even forget to eat dinner! That's a huge bonus - easy weight loss!
Thank you Mama Kat for another fabulous and fun Writer's Workshop!