It hardly seems credible to me that I have been doing this for a year.
A whole year.
It is mysterious indeed that I have never been able to support a diary in a book with any regularity at all; a week maybe but no more, and yet, a journal that amounts to the same thing has gone on for a year and seems likely to go on to another… maybe more!!
My friends are fairly mystified as to the appeal of this blogging phenomenon. It has caused me to pause for thought as to why I do it. On the face of it, t is somewhat strange to reveal so much of one’s life to strangers and yet this has felt like a totally natural thing to do!
Over the course of the year I have been greatly encouraged by the support I have received as part of the blogging community, I have made friends, people I would never have ‘met’ otherwise and this has enriched my life greatly… I have explored Orthodoxy along with Ian, I have been prodded to sing more by Semele and I have laughed out loud at Yay’sTales. With honorable mentions of course to Smudgie and Jack… (yes, of course and Everyone Else!!!) It’s marvellous to be part of this community!! Really marvellous. I have learned so much, laughed as we have swapped faith stories, and family stories, and celebrated life… with all it’s perils and pitfalls and tragedy and comedy!! When it all comes down, that’s what friendship’s about isn’t it?
I guess the appeal for me about writing this journal goes beyond the community aspect. I simply write about me. My thoughts and feelings, my successes and failings. So while I have maintained the blog because of the community of the readership I really only write it for me.
That means what I write is simply for my benefit, and I derive a great deal of benefit from writing my thoughts down, it helps me solidify what I am feeling, sifting the good from the bad.
Some process life by drawing I guess, others by playing piano or mowing the lawn… Me? I process in text… So, while you hear a great deal about my life you don’t hear it all, the stuff that doesn’t get processed in public does in fact get processed in text… just in the old fashioned, hand written kind!!! And a lot less regularly!
However as this is feeling a bit garbled.. and not really very helpful at processing my thoughts about blogging (because it’s midnight here…)
What I really want to say is simply: Thanks.
For reading along, for praying, for meeting up, for playing WISE, for the laughs, the tears and for the community.
Because sometimes, even with our brilliant homes and families and church fellowships we need people who are outside of our usual sphere to make us open our eyes to a bigger world than the one we live in.
And better still to help us laugh at it.
Happy Birthday! I with you and Ian on the blogging and diaries.
Happy Blogg Birthday!
I look forward to reading much more (and to hear that you are doing more singing!).
I had a fabulous time the night that we met and heres to many more wibmeets.
PS – Thanks once again for setting up the WISE exchange, it’s been heaps of fun.
Tractor Girl says
Happy Blogg day. Heres to many more
Happy Blog B’day, Dee. And here’s to another year of Singular Scene *raises glass of Lindauer*
As has been said, I’ve found blogging wonderful for the reasons you state. I’ve tried diaries…it never worked.
Here’s to many, many years for your blog!
Miss Lisa says
well said and happy birthday … mind you, being in your regular sphere, I’m quite happy to laugh at you there as well :) …. but I think you already knew that!
i agree. happy birthday. :-)
Jack the Lass (again) says
PS I agree about the writing the blog just for yourself, and how helpful it is to write thoughts down. Though I think the communal aspect of this place also helps that process – even though it’s only for me, and I may be the only person who ever reads it, the fact that the potential is there for me to not be the only one to read it helps me to focus my writing (and therefore my thoughts and musings) even more.
Like you, I keep a (very very sporadic) written journal, which these days is mainly the *for my eyes only* stuff. Which is fine, but if I go back to it and read stuff I’ve written before even I find it hard-going. The discipline of writing knowing there may be an audience, and the benefit I’ve derived from that, is I think one of the reasons why I often put more personal stuff in my blog now than I would have done when I started it.
You encapsulated for me the reasons I blog too. I love reading your blog – here’s to many more years of it :D
(and by the way… thank you :D )
Jack the Lass says
Many happy wib-returns! The year’s gone really quickly, hasn’t it?