So, those who know me know that I love to write (which is just talking on a keyboard) and that I also like to stay in touch. However, I do a crummy job with being consistent and finding something to say. However, one of my favorite blogs is Pleasant View Schoolhouse (yeah! she’s blogging again!!!!) and this woman usually posts pictures with short commentary or glimpses into her life. Occasionally, she will post a nice quote from a book. This is what I want to do. Sure, I still like talking about some of the weightier issues or whatever else is going through my mind, but essentially this blog is for me and my children to look back on and see our growth and development. So, I’m taking the “blog daily” challenge between now and Christmas. We’ll see how it goes.
When I discovered blogging when my daughter was born almost six years ago, I thought it was purely a medium that helped families who were geographically separated from staying in touch. It was a mass email made even easier and you could personalize it to look and feel (and contain) whatever you want. I started to find that women, in particular, were using these blogs to encourage other women, or inform other women, about their social and religious ideas. I read [past tense](and read [present tense]…I love English!) many interesting ideas and I’ve come to adopt several of them as my own. In the last two years, largely born out of reading informative blogs and in turn researching and becoming convinced, I’ve changed churches, changed wardrobes, changed Bibles, and changed my opinion on the fundamental relationships between men and women and their respective places in the world, home, and church. And I am continuing to learn new things or be challenged in other ways.
I don’t dare say that these changes were solely because of a blog, because I believe that these changes were God-inspired and align with God’s will for me in my life. Realize, that I have a set of sinful characteristics that I’ve been dealing with since I was a child, but now that I’ve been rebirthed into the family of God, as a parent, God is going to work on those characteristics that He finds unpleasing.
However, though all this self-revelation over the past few years, I’ve come to dislike blogging, and facebook, and twitter, and even email! What I am finding is that these electronic forums offer you the idea that you are connected-that someone is listening to you and cares, but you have no proof. It takes no effort to stay “involved” in people’s lives on facebook. Have a baby? Post a picture- that serves as your announcement. Big life change? Make a short quip on your possibilities/good fortune/new purchase and you don’t have to worry about calling everyone to inform them personally.
The crux of the matter for me is how terribly impersonal these forms of contact are. Sure, they are great for staying in touch with strangers, one of my favorite authors has a blog that I love reading. I love getting cool craft tips from some of the other blogs and I truly love being encouraged in my more conservative roles by women who have “been there, done that.” Some days it really helps. However, it does cause one to take, but never give. In a normal, healthy relationship, there is always an exchange which is what is lacking in these electronic communications. I feel completely introverted on facebook- the posts require me to find something fun and quirky to say in a way that is out of my comfort zone. I love communication and I am very talkative but I still want a simple group of friends that I write letters to because letters require sitting down and responding. They are cheap, easily customizable, and though the mail is not delivered four times a day like in Jane Austen’s time, it is still delivered daily. You can easily enclose photographs or other mementos and details that you would never post on facebook. You develop a relationship. Plus, it is fun to receive something in the mail that is not a bill.
Anyone want to be my pen pal?
There are quite a few blogs that I read that impress me. Keeping the Home, Making Home, Pleasant View Schoolhouse, Home Living, and The Creative Place are all amazing blogs, for starters, and each for their own reasons. I like how matter-of-fact Candy is at Keeping the Home, she is blunt and to the point. Jess at Making Home is in-depth in her articles and intelligent. It is obvious that something is touching her life when she writes it, but she also takes the time to research, instead of just journal her own struggles. Anna lives at Pleasant View Schoolhouse and she is gentle and crafty. I love reading her blog because it is always positive and always beautiful, the pictures are always stunning. Lydia over at Home Living is one of a kind. She is frugal and feminine and though her ideas are not always in my taste, I enjoy seeing her creativity within her home. And Ashley at The Creative Place is a wonderful, creative homemaker who has a beautiful blog and wonderfully creative tutorials and recipes. She is my newest “find” and I love it so far!
What do all of these blogs have in common? For starters, they are all written by women, notably by women who are making their occupation within their home (or not having a paying occupation). They are all Christian women and they all have a different, yet distinct voice. All of them are creative in their home, but that is not what I enjoy most about these blogs.
What makes them so great in my eyes is their regularity. Anna posts something everyday except Sundays with few exceptions. It isn’t always much, but is always nice to read. Ashley posts a different “type” of post on different days of the weeks, Tuesday Tutorials and Wednesday recipes are my favorites. I think this is the point of blogging, to share something about your life in a regular way.
This is also the strategy for becoming a writer. I have always wanted to write a novel. I write a few chapters and then I quit and start a new one. As soon as it gets rough, my writing gets rough. I am armed with a million books on how to write a novel and how to keep writing a novel and how to get back to writing a novel and (of course) the number one thing that they all have in common is that you need to be dedicated to the task. Carve out a few minutes of writing time and keep it as an appointment for you and your writing. If the appointment is fifteen minutes and you sit down at the computer and nothing happens when your fingers touch the keys, that’s okay, but you still need to sit at the computer until that fifteen minutes is up. If you have longer to devote to your writing, then by all means, take it when inspiration hits you, but you have to be able to write even when feeling uninspired.
At present, I am missing not having a desk to house my laptop. I am writing from my bedroom, while sitting, lying, and slouching on my bed. Ouch. The good news is, I’ve begun writing again. I’ve been enjoying my story because it is an easy one to write. I am not writing about a young single girl as most books do, instead I am writing about an independent married woman who is on the brink of divorce, only she doesn’t know that yet. She is going to have to go through alot of the same issues that I have dealt with over the last few years in learning how to be a wife and a mother, and where to go to get those role models that are so necessary. I’m excited!
I have been struggling with actually getting my homeschooling done these past few days weeks months. Which is why when I popped over to Stay-at-Home Missionary, (which is a fantastic website anyway!), I was super excited to see this contest. I don’t normally like entering contests, because I never win! However, when you enter the subscription giveaway, you get a free issue and that was all the incentive I needed! I love getting free encouragement!
So, check it out for yourself, you are going to love this magazine!
I didn’t really want to change my blog. I hated the process of copying and pasting every single post. I left some of them out because I just didn’t want to bother anymore. I was just about done when I started to look into this wordpress “dashboard” a little more thoroughly and low and behold, I found an “import” section! So, now with a few clicks, I managed to combine several of my blogs, my food/diet blog, my children’s blog, and my completely separate blog along with my main blog! Wow!!! Amazing!!! The only problem is that I was already done, so now I have duplicates of just about everything. What I am going to do is delete everything and do it all over again!!! Hopefully by the time you are reading this, everything will be neatly organized to my liking on my blog. This is exciting!!!
Good-bye Blogger…Hello WordPress!!!
I have been journalling every night in my hardcover book and I’m enjoying it, mostly because it is private. From what I recall, I can post privately here, as well as publicly and therefore choose what information I want to display. I also have a wordpress account, I’ll see if it has similar features.