Why did you start your blog? Is that still why you blog, or has your site gone in a different direction than you’d planned?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us BEGINNINGS.
I began blogging one year ago this month. My husband is an over-the-road truck driver, and he only comes home on the weekends. His down time is usually a 34-hour “re-set” period. It’s rough after 20-some years together to suddenly be apart so much of the time. I work full-time myself, I am getting my degree online on a part-time basis, and I have two grown sons (18 and 22) at home. I am not alone, and I am not bored, but I was very lonely without my husband.
A close friend of mine convinced me that I needed something just for me. She thought blogging might appeal to me because I am not an assertive or outgoing person. I am reserved and shy. In social situations, I do more listening than I do talking. It takes a long time before I am comfortable with people. I have a few close friends that I see from time to time, but I don’t go out much – preferring my own home and the comforts within. She thought that connecting with people online might be something that would appeal to me, and she thought I was good enough as a writer to be able to blog regularly.
My first blog was on Blogger. That blog was more of a reflecting or reminiscing-type blog. It was cathartic to get some of my thoughts and feelings out on paper, and friends told me they liked reading me, but there wasn’t that feeling of community or friendship on the Blogger platform. I switched over to WordPress in May 2013. What a difference.
I am so impressed with the entire WordPress experience and the feelings of friendship, camaraderie and community here. I have friends that I talk to on a regular basis. There are blogs that I follow and look forward to reading on a daily basis. I treasure the poems, the photos and the articles. I read what others write or view the stunning art and photos that they create and post and wish that I could do that well. Reading others’ posts inspires me to be a better writer/blogger.
As for my blog, I think it has grown a little beyond reminiscing and reflecting. It’s not always about the past. I try to write about daily happenings and feelings. I share photographs. I chronicle the happenings in my yard at the bird (squirrel) feeder. I also share photos from Rochester, and in doing so, I have learned some of the history of my own hometown. My blog has gone in a slightly different direction than the original version, but I think it has been a positive one.
Blogging has given me a creative outlet, and it has kept some of the “lonely” at bay.