How great that my 100th post falls on "Thank You List Saturday"!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
No, I will not be doing the 100 things post. I think I've been giving everybody's "scroll finger" enough of a workout lately plus, really, there's no way I'm coming up with 100 things about me. Coming up with 6 yesterday just about killed me.
But I am so thankful for the blog world.
I admit that when I first heard about the blog concept I thought it was the height of vanity. I mean, who sits around spewing their opinions and personal details and expects an audience to log on and read it? I might have been struggling with judging people at the time.
But then a friend of mine moved way too far away and started a blog. And it was wonderful because even though we would call and email, the blog was a great way to keep up with her. Later my sister started a blog about her family's journey in the world of autism and talk about a blessing! I love reading it and knowing what a source of encouragement she's being to other families. But I never thought I had anything to write about that would be of any interest to anyone (that's actually still true).
Back in April I started to re-enter the world after a long season of depression and as part of the healing process I started my own blog. I began without any intention of telling anyone about it and was amazed at how good it felt to write again. Seriously, blogging is great therapy. I slowly started telling some family and friends about the blog and noticed an amazing thing: the more I reached out in the blog world the more I reached out in my person to person relationships. Again, blogging is great therapy.
Blogging is also an efficient way to chronicle my kids' lives. I'm not a scrapbooker and I'm terrible at writing in my kids' baby books so blogging is helping me record some of my favorite memories with the kids. I hope that when they are older and read the archives they'll see how much those little moments we've shared have meant to me. I'm sure I'll read over them too with tears in my eyes recalling what a joy my family has been.
Above all, the blogging community has been a blessing. I've met so many women through the blog that I wouldn't have ever had the chance to meet this side of heaven. I've also reconnected with some old friends - what a joy! I love, love, love reading other people's blogs. There are some like It's Lovely, I'll Take It and Cake Wrecks that give me my daily chuckle. Others like We Are THAT Family and Books and Bairns bless me with their honesty and transparency. Rocks in My Dryer, in addition to being just plain great, has a wonderful series called "What I Want You To Know" where guest hosts share their perspective on things like adoption, having a spouse serving in the war, and health issues from personal experience. There are so many others, but I won't name them because my family would stage an intervention when they realize how much time I spend reading blogs. But it's time well spent because these women have taught me so much.
So that's what I'm thankful for today. I love this whole new world that has opened to me and all the wonderful women I connect with through it.
Have a great day and thanks for being a part of my little blog!