Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Why I Blog

Laurie over at Tip Junkie came up with this topic for Talk to Me Tuesday, and I couldn't resist writing about it.

I've been reading other people's blogs for over a year now, and I've wanted to start one of my own, but I thought I would have to learn how to make my own web page, get a domain name, and start strategizing ways to place myself in search engines, blah, blah, blah.

I even went so far as to take a class on creating web pages.  Although I did learn a lot in that class, I also learned how much I didn't know and I think that scared me.

So, I had been reading other people's blogs and wishing I had an outlet for sharing all my creative energy and organizing and OCD tendencies, etc., but not knowing how I was going to go about doing it.  

Then Janae came over one day and told me that she started a blog and how easy it was.  What?! There are templates for these things?  And they're free?  And anyone can do it?  Why don't I know this?

So, Janae is responsible for giving me that final push and a whole lot of direction, so really I have her to thank for getting my blog started.

And once I got started, there was no stopping me.  I have so many ideas that I'm constantly jotting things down and taking pictures so I can document things for a later post.

It's gotten so bad, that I've darn near killed my camera.  My friends and family have started saying to me, in exasperated tones, "You're going to blog about this, aren't you?"  Well now that you've mentioned it . . . yes.  Thanks for asking.

Not only has my blog become a place for me to capture all my crazy ideas and projects, but it has actually motivated me to complete projects and do some of the things that I've been wanting to do.  You see, my goal is to have something to post about every day, so I've got to do something so that I have something to post about.  It's amazing how it works.

My blog is also a place for me to document my life and my interests.  It's not focused on my family so much, although they are a part of it, but it is more a place for me to express myself and share some of the ideas that I sometimes feel are flooding out of me.  As I've mentioned before, I'm a big list person, and in one sense, my blog is like my completed To Do List or my in progress To Do List.  In my own strange way, it's my photographic journal of my lists.

My ultimate goal is to make each year of my blog into a book for myself.  I know there must be lots of places that do this, but I've found this site that will slurp my blog into a book.  I envision getting my blog for each year slurped into it's own book so that I have a record of my blog's life. I look at it as a speedy way to scrapbook.

I want to be able to do more with my pictures on my blog, so I've starting taking a PhotoShop class.  I just started, otherwise I would have cleaned up my picture a bit.  Lifted my droopy eyelids and gotten ridden of some of those extra bits on my jawline.  Oh geez, that's a whole other post for some other day.


  1. Blogging is fun! I have to managed it wisely b/c I love looking at everyone's blogs and ideas!
    Cute Blog!
    -Sandy toes

  2. I know a lot about web page design, but I was nervous about starting a blog because of content. Who would want to read what I have to say?!
    I find that it has improved my photography and encouraged me to finish projects, too!
    Great meeting you through Tip Junkie!

  3. Hopped over from Tip Junkie!

    I am teaching myself Photoshop and it is no easy feat. I could take a class, but why would I want to take less time to learn? Then I would have WAY too much time to clean. haha

  4. Jill you are completly inspiring I love that you blog and show all your projects it makes me want to get off my big but and do something as well. We'll see.. ha ha.... mattie

  5. I am so glad that you entered the blogosphere. I enjoy reading your material:-) And, you are like me. I talk about me and not just my kids and so do you. Also, I had no idea you could turn your blog into a book!!! How cool is that!! Thanks for that source:-)

  6. Thank goodness I've fund ur site!! Its a very informative and creative blog!!! I found some good tips from you,, hope you dont mind if I add you on my link for organizer.. More power to you !!!!!

  7. This is my site ... http://whenmomtalks.com
    Thanks !!! I love reading your posts!!!!

  8. Oh - it's my first time visiting, but I know this will be a blog to love. I was like you....signed up with blogspot so that I could post comments, but never did anything with it. Now, I am in!! But still need to figure out the picture thing. It's just so fun, isn't it?

  9. "but it has actually motivated me to complete projects and do some of the things that I've been wanting to do....to have something to post about every day"

    I love it. What a great observation and reasoning. I think you motivated me to do more, work on the list more, and blog more...at least a little.