Friday, September 26

a blogging topic

Recently I was tagged by Amy from Living Locurto and am finally getting around to writing this. She's a wonderfully creative mom who not only has great ideas and an amazingly cool site, but also regularly features free downloads. Be sure to stop by for a visit right here!

So 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

Here we go!

1. *The time factor* When I first found the blogging world, I did a lot of surfing and reading. Slowly as I became more comfortable at various blogs, I'd leave a comment here and there. Blogging is the ultimate people watching tool, isn't it? And the great thing about this form of media is that you can do it at your own convenience. At a moment's notice when there's a break in action at home, I can jump online and catch up with someone. Or after the kids are in bed at night, I can unwind as I read through blogs. It is all done at my convenience which makes it a wonderful media.

2. *Friendships* Because of the above factor, I have developed online friendships. The blogs I keep returning to are ones where I'd love to sit down someday with the author and share a cup of coffee. Each person is so unique and offers something different in my life through their writings from encouragement to spiritual insights to incredible crafts or projects to laughter to homeschooling ideas to amazing photography to common interests to....well, you name it! These friendships have definitely broadened my life :-)

3. *Creative journaling outlet* Before there was internet - yes, there was such a day! LOL! - I loved to hand write letters to friends and family. I rebelled for many years about doing a form Christmas letter until I realized how much easier it would make my holiday. Imagine handwriting unique letters of life over the past year to a hundred people?! Yes, craziness, yet I loved doing it and still like to hand write notes via snail mail to friends and family. Blogging makes creative journaling and writing that much easier and I love to be stretched by writing my thoughts. And perhaps some of my desire to blog comes from reading my own children's hundreds of essays for years....it's finally MY opportunity to write! Of course, I don't seem to follow one of those good blogging tips by keeping my blog to a theme or consistent topic, so I'm thankful for those who do keep regularly reading despite my varied content!

4. *Encouragment* Blogging gives me an opportunity to use my gift of encouragement to benefit others. Hopefully raising a large family, as well as other life experiences, has given me insights to help and encouragement others. Blogging also gives me an opportunity to share my walk of faith in Jesus Christ which is the foundation of my life. We are all at different places in our faith walk and just as I have certain authors who challenge my walk, I hope I do that in the lives of others, too, as I ponder out loud through my posts.

5. *The black hole* I'm guessing that if you followed everyone who has ever been tagged on this topic that they will mention the *being sucked into the black hole* as a negative of blogging. Not only is it time consuming on a regular basis to write a daily post, it is just as time consuming to follow the blogs of others. It would be quite easy to sit here ALL DAY LONG if I wasn't married and had homeschooling children around! Hey, my house would stay spic and span because I wouldn't move from my desk if that were the case. But, it is not my reality and I've had to really monitor my computer time more closely so it doesn't interfere with my home life or other activities I'm involved in outside our home.

Soooo, there you have it! I'm not tagging anyone on this....if you haven't done this topic yet, feel free to do it on your own blog.

Have a great day in your garden!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

1 comment:

Amy from Texas said...

I love your answers! You are right... The black hole is the perfect description for this blogging!! ha.

Maybe someday we can have that cup of coffee:-) Thanks for the sweet words!!

Have a great weekend,
Amy

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