why blog?

Saturday, December 6, 2008

I've been thinking about this blog a lot lately. Why have I come to love it? I came up with a few reasons and I wonder if you can identify. Don't ask me why I am writing this...maybe it will encourage other young moms to blog?  I don't know.
  • Journaling has always been good for me.  I look back on times that I faithfully journaled, and I can remember more vividly what was happening in my life and what I was learning.  
  • I really like taking pictures and it is even more fun when I can share them.  I won't lie, it feels really good when a friend tells me that a picture of my kiddo made her laugh or one of the grandmothers was touched.  You know how it is.
  • Sometimes it helps to "keep in touch."  Life is consistently busier than I would prefer.  It feels good to reach out and stay connected.  I have the secret hope that it encourages my friends to do it too.  Because I love seeing pictures of my friends kids!  If I could see my loved ones everyday, this desire wouldn't be as strong.  But I still want to be connected.
  • Similar to the point above - I really want other people to share too.  What else would I do when procrastinating from the other things I should be doing?  It's fun.  
My basic point is that a year and a half ago I was really intimidated by sharing about my life over the Internet.  For some reason, it didn't seem authentic enough to me.  Since then I have really benefited from sharing about our family.  I don't really think I have much to say that will benefit other people, most of the time.  But I'm trying to grow out of that.  If for no other reason, it will help me.  Don't get me wrong, I am aware that I am not all that vulnerable on this blog.  I'd like to become more that way, but I struggle with how it is perceived.  It has been my experience, that if I share something pretty raw it creates worry that I am not "doing good," when I was trying to be honest and real.  On some of my worst days is when I'll want to post a sweet picture or an uplifting thought because it ministers to me.  (Keep that in mind, if you look at this site and think I have it together...it is easy to come across that way over the Internet.  And that is one of my biggest pet-peeves.)  I could be a lot more brave in what I record on this blog.  We'll see what happens there.  By the way, if you read all of this I am sure you are among the few.  I'm pretty sure people just look at the pictures, but no judgement there...I often do the same.      


Barie Sue said...

I read to the end - always do! Your blog has definitely inspired me to blog regularly (or at least more than once a month :). Thanks for taking the time to blog and inspiring fellow moms to be creative and enjoy life.

Ashley said...

cuz...your words are priceless. so sweet!

rachel said...

i've wanted to start blogging on my photo website... but i don't think it'd be interesting. and it's work and time consuming. we'll see... it's not as fun or interesting if you don't have kids to talk about. i mean i could talk about other people's kids...but i'm thinking most people wouldn't really appreciate that :)

Meagan said...

Hi Kendall! I don't know if you remember me, but we used to live at Swiss Tower a few years back around the same time as you all. I'm married to David and my kiddos are Micah, Abigail, and Isabel. Anyway, I happened upon your blog a while back...I think I found it through Emily & Mark's blog...but I have so enjoyed reading about your sweet family! You take such beautiful pictures and I think you come across very approachable and real. I feel the same way about blogging from time to time, but it is a great exercise in living more expressively and transparently, and allowing others to get a better glimpse of who you are. I am terrible at leaving comments, but I'll try to leave one a little more often! Take care!

SueSue said...

You are helping to keep me young and trendy and "in-the-know!" I think you are the pretty perfect blogger!! The pictures are a BONUS!! Your creative and photogenic eye makes me very proud but your sweet spirit is the best! xoxo love you, m

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