Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Why I Blog

It certainly isn't because my life is so darn interesting and fabulous. I mean, it is fabulous and interesting, but not in the I live in NYC and am a fashion blogger meeting famous people every day kind of way. More like, my 3 year old chasing us around the house with daddy's new leaf blower while I attempt to make a 3 layer chocolate cake and get to the oven before it burns kind of way. And although there are those days where NYC seems really appealing, I wouldn't have it any other way.

So why do I do it?

I blog because I want to remember our experiences as a family. I blog because years from now, the little things won't come to mind so easily and it's those little things that I really don't want to forget.

I blog because I want Ben to have these memories when he is older. And so he can show his children his childhood.

I blog because even though I'm a mommy, I also enjoy a wide variety of things that don't revolve around a 3 year old. And this blog gives me an outlet to write about those things.

I blog because in some part, blogging holds me accountable. To do the things I actually want to do, instead of just writing about them or reading about other people doing them.

J and I had an argument discussion recently where he told me that I was doing something just so I can blog about. My immediate reaction was to shout, "Nu-uh." I'm obviously the mature one between us. But then I actually thought about what he was saying. Am I only doing something so that I have content for my blog? The answer was yes and no.

A lot of the things I do, I would do anyway, with or without a blog. Whether it's a photo album, scrapbook, or a daily journal, we each have our own way of remembering parts of our life. It just so happens that I want to document those memories in a blog. Are there things I do because I have a blog that I wouldn't have done before? Probably. Glow sticks in the bathtub anyone?  After all, I got the idea from a fellow blogger.

Reading another person's blog gives you a sneak peak into their life. It can inspire you to do things you wouldn't have ever dreamed of doing. It means instead of just thinking about the places, and crafts, and recipes to be made, I'm actually doing them. And posting about it. And hopefully along the way my child gets to do a fun project, my husband gets to eat a tasty new treat, and I get to make that book shelf that I've pinned.

The point is this (and what I think J was trying to get at...). There needs to be balance. Do I sometimes get caught up in taking pictures of what we're doing instead of actually doing it and living in the moment.Yes. And that defeats the point. If I'm so busy taking pictures instead of participating, then at the end of the day all I will have are some great pictures but no memories to go with them.

So, my goal as a blogger is to document our life, but not to the extent that it interferes with us living it. It's okay if I want to take a picture of that birthday cake that I slaved for hours over I made for J, but I don't need to do it in the middle of our celebration.

Balance. It's a wonderful thing.

Tell me, why do you blog or read other people's blogs?
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