I've said this before, but I'll say it again: I love blogging! For so many years, I was a frustrated writer--but I was also a busy mom who was raising five sons and didn't feel like she had enough hours in the day to devote to anything so time-consuming. At one point, on March 8, 2001 (when my oldest son was eighteen and my youngest was eight), I began writing an almost-daily "journal" on the computer, in order to get my memories of earlier times with my boys down on paper before I got too old to remember them. Blogging didn't exist back then (heck, I was amazed enough that I could write a journal on the computer in the first place, on this wondrous and magical invention called Microsoft Word, and fix all of my typos without the aid of White-Out!); but in a sense, I was blogging. For myself.
Here is how I began my first entry that March day in 2001: "Well, I have finally decided to do what I should have been doing all these years, while the boys were growing up. I am going to put down some thoughts, to try to remember some of the funny and sweet things they've done, and to describe my feelings about them. I think the reason I never did before is that it is something that could have consumed me--and when they were all little together and keeping me busy all day long, I didn't seem to have the time or the energy to do it right. I used to write down snippets in their baby books, but that's about it. Whenever I'm trying to finish a project or I'm reading a great book, I can't seem to stop--and I'm sure if I'd started trying to do this thing justice, that's all I would've done!" (Let me say for the record here that when I read this paragraph now, I find it needs some major polishing!)
In a way, I wish blogging had existed back then, in the olden days, when I was a young mom. If it had, I think I might have been able to motivate myself to do it. For anyone who finds joy in writing--in figuring out how to construct a sentence in just such a way that it will convey what you want it to (for the purpose of inspiring someone, or perhaps invoking laughter or tears)--blogging is an excellent tool. There are so many young people who are doing it these days--and they inspire me! Two blogs that you simply must check out are: my daughter-in-law's "The World Accordion to Renee" at http://accordiontorenee.blogspot.com; and "Something Ivory" at http://something-ivory.blogspot.com, which is written by the wife of my second oldest son's college buddy. They are both wonderful!
Keep on blogging, girls!