Wednesday, May 12, 2010

My 100th Post (insert fireworks and fanfare here)

Welcome to this, my 100th post. I'm not sure I ever had a vision for this blog when I began last October (or November?). I just jumped in and started. I had grandiose visions of being clever and brilliant, and of having a dedicated following who hung on my every word. mom can be counted on to read. And Dad A. And Tiff. But I think Erica is the only reader who is not or will not be related to me. And clever? Brilliant? Not so much. But...does it matter?

I've thought about this quite a lot. Why do I keep this blog? I've come up with three pretty good reasons.

-Firstly, I write for the exercise. Writing, like any other skill, takes practice to maintain and improve. I've been terrible at practicing over the last several years, but I'm starting to remember that I like it and I'm kind of good at it! So when the inspiration hits, you end up with random descriptions of random occurences that happened at a random time in my life. I'm waiting for more of those inspiring moments, but right now they are few and far between.

-In second place, I write to keep a journal of day to day things that I might want to remember. It's a log of family happenings and personal feelings that I don't mind sharing. It's a way to hold memories to share with the kids as they get older. And, it's a way to get the random out of my head. (Sorry about the random. I'm sure it's provoked a few Whiskey Tango Foxtrot moments for you)

-Finally, I write for my mom. I do! Now that we're not so close (spatially), this is a great way to keep her up to date with what we are doing. Simple and maybe dumb, but important! I think she appreciates it.

These are my specific reasons, and I guess you could say that my intended audience consists of myself and my family. Anyone is welcome to read (I still have that ethereal vision of a massive following!) and comment, but this is my space and in here I'm in control. A blog, while public, is not a democracy, after all.

So settle in with your coffee, wine or bowl of popcorn and enjoy the parts of my life that I have chosen to share. And if you think I'm boring, the Next button is located at the top center of the screen.


Mom said...

Your mom does appreciate it. Very much. So much so that she checks it more than once a day if there is no new post and sometimes (like today) more than once. I was rewarded for my compulsivness.

Erica said...

I always feel so special to see my name in writing, LOL! And FYI Brenda, I sometimes check more than once a day, too ;)

Busboy said...

You said some nice things about my blog, and I'm happy to be able to return the compliment, especially on this particular post. You're right about blogging being a great way to exercise and develop your writing skills. I think mine have gotten much better over the life of my blog. Fortunately for this reader, you already are a well-developed writer -- such a pleasure to read!

I also love your spirit. And how you so obviously love your family.

Congratulations on your 100th post. I've bookmarked your blog and am looking forward to the next 100.

Anonymous said...

I know that you have left out some of your avid readers.