Sorry it’s been awhile since I”ve blogged. I’ve been busy chasing this:
That’s right, my son is now a full-fledged walker, and he’s EVERYWHERE! As you can see from the video, he’s taken over almost the entire main floor of our home (sans the kitchen), and, if it’s even possible, he’s taken over even more of our hearts than before. He’s in a very busy stage — but also a very FUN stage. He’s now saying a couple words (“Hi”, “bye”, and the occasional “mama” or “dada”) and has even begun to follow simple instructions (“Bring me your sippy cup”, “Get your paci”, etc.). My baby’s growing up!
It’s not often that I get picked for things (cue “pity party”), so as you can imagine I was thrilled to see that Rachel over at Badgers on the Loose selected me as a fellow blogger to participate in a “meme”. Now, before you ask me “But Nikki, what’s a ‘meme’?”, know that I don’t really know myself. 🙂 I’m not deep enough in the blogging world to know all the lingo. From what I can gather, though, it involves answering a question, then selecting and challenging other bloggers to answer the same question on their blog.
Here are the rules:
1. Write about 5 specific ways blogging has affected you, either positively or negatively.
2. link back to the person who tagged you
3. link back to this parent post
4. tag a few friends or five, or none at all
5. post these rules— or just have fun breaking them
My first order of business is to follow Rachel’s lead by breaking rule #1. 🙂 I’m altering the question a bit to “Why do I blog and/or read blogs?”.
1. I blog as an outlet. Long before blogs became “the thing”, I would often find myself with a story to tell, an anecdote to share, or a random thought I wanted to communicate…somewhere…not to anyone specific, really; just to “the void” as Meg Ryan calls it in You’ve Got Mail. Before blogging was around, there was no real, practical way to do this. Now that it’s around, I love being able to plop down and quickly type out the funny thing that happened to me in the bakery today, the great quote I just heard, or something that God’s teaching/showing me today as a mom.
2. I blog because sometimes it’s easier than talking. I’m naturally a pretty reserved person (well, usually). Verbal communication isn’t exactly my forte…it’s soooo much easier for me to type out what I’m thinking than to say it. I’m not saying this is a positive reason for blogging, and I definitely try to ensure that any blogging I do is not in substitution of real, live communication with friends and family — but honestly, that is an element of blogging that draws me to it, and I believe is OK, to a point, so long as I hold it in check.
3. I blog (and read blogs) to communicate with friends & family. I’ve always been a fan of Christmas form letters (yes, I’m wierd). A blog is sort of like a year-round Christmas form letter. I can share tidbits of information, both exciting and minute, that someone might be interested in knowing about our family. Likewise, I can keep up with the goings-on of other people I care about — again, not to replace real, live communication — but perhaps to supplement or enhance it. It often provides great springboards for conversation when I do interact with these people in person!
4. I blog (and read blogs) for the community of moms/other women. This was an unexpected surprise of blogging. The stage of motherhood I’m in is one in which I am at home a lot — little boy still takes lots of naps and is still too little to go many places. It’s also a stage where I have tons of questions and uncertainties about being a mom. I love reading about the funny things that have happened to other women, cute things their kids have said, lessons God has been teaching them, and the like. And I love the fact that I can pose a question on my blog (such as “what should I be feeding my 1 year old?”), knowing that I will get a great variety of answers and, no doubt, some ideas.
5. I read blogs because it’s FUN! I blog because it’s fun, too…but I’m MUCH more of a blog reader than I blog-typer. Seriously. You saw the video at the top of this post…I don’t have much time to plop down and type a blog these days! I don’t think I will ever be one of those women that’s super deep into blogging…prepping a post every day. But if I have 2 minutes I can open my google reader and catch up on whatever blogs I want to catch up on (and save whatever I want to catch up on later for later). Seriously, the google reader is a wonderful invention. But I digress.
OK! There, I did it. Now I need to pick 5 people to answer this question, too! Trouble is, I don’t know if 5 people read this blog. Ummmm…Cari, Michelle, Mom, Kim, and…oh, I don’t know…anyone else who wants to do it. 🙂 Just post a comment in the comment section here if you choose to answer this “meme”!