No, that’s not a rhetorical question.
I’ve been wondering this since I’ve put my pinkie toe back in.
A lot has changed since I was a serious blogger
and it’s been interesting to observe.
I remember my first blog post back in 2006.
It was awful.
I was nervous.
I was excited.
It was crazy.
Me starting a blog.
I had no idea what I was going to write,
what I should write,
or if anyone would read it.
The crazy thing?
They did read it.
I had 2 comments on that first blog post.
I remember the name of it.
I only had one child,
was pregnant with number 2,
I was still kind of new to
we had done our second PCS
I’m not sure why I created that post,
but I was looking for something.
Shortly there after,
our first son was born and
I had a gnarly case of PPD.
Blogging became the creative outlet
I needed in order to get through.
I was able to connect with other moms,
other military spouses, other women with and without kids
Sure, Facebook was around then,
and we used it,
but there was/is something about
reading someone’s words and being able to identify with that.
It’s the reason books are popular.
We find and see ourselves in others
in that we find connection,
we see we aren’t alone.
That’s why I love blogging.
It’s what I love about blogging
and the community that is here.
Is it just me,
or has that community,
those posts that you could once relate to
This past week
I’ve found myself
reading a lot of blogs.
I could count on one hand
the amount of posts out of the hundreds I
read that made me feel something that I could remotely relate to.
Last time I lived overseas,
was the best time in my blogging life.
I was living in the Middle East,
I didn’t know anyone.
I was lonely
I turned to my blog,
I posted about life, love, travel, the food, the people, all of it.
My words, my feelings, my everything
spilled out there.
I didn’t know if people would read it, but they did.
I had never felt so embraced and cared for.
It was truly amazing.
I also read their stories,
about their lives.
It was a two-way street.
We shared engagements,
weddings, births, miscarriages, losses, wins,
happiest and saddest of times.
We shared life.
We shared life
it was incredible.
I’m feeling myself in that particular space again,
while I want to write about
what I’m going through here,
I want to share my thoughts,
Yes, I know everythings isn’t a word, but you get it. 😉
But I feel like blogging isn’t about that anymore.
Blogging has turned into
I’m not like everyone else.
So, share life here I will…
I hope you’ll read it.
I hope you’ll share life back with me.
Even if you don’t think it’s interesting.
You have someone out there that wants to know.
They want to know that they aren’t the only one.
Let’s not let blogging turn into something it’s not.
It’s a community, sure it’s an evolving community, but it is and always will be a community first.
Until Next Taste,