Thursday Thirteen #15

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Thirteen Reasons I Am Glad I Started To Blog (lovely TT banner courtesy of Bohorap)

 

What amazing timing that today would be my 150th post (fully aware I missed the traditional 100th post celebration, na na na I can’t hear you through the fingers in my ears). When I counted up my posts yesterday, I almost fainted when yesterday’s WW came up to be 149! So I knew I would have to make this one special. I doubt I will succeed, but I will honestly give it a shot. (If I get to 9 and it just ends, forgive me?)

 

1. It is probably pretty common for people to say “ooooh, I have made so many friends online”, but it is true. I have made some really good friends. People that I may not have ever been able to cultivate a relationship with in the regular world.

2. Expanding on that previous thought, I hear ideas, thoughts and positions while reading blogs that I may never have ever been exposed to without my blog world. I have learned more new and different things in the last year, than all of my school years combined.

3. I am more open and sharing than I have been in years. I don’t know why this arena brought out the old less cynical me, but it did.

4. I have always been a journaling kind of girl, I love writing (not writing as in author, just writing to write). But writing your thoughts and feelings feels great at the moment, but looses some of its shine after time. Being able to journal and get feedback I have found is so much more rewarding.

5. I have relearned that people are inherently good. And that community is an awesome thing. The emotional connection and support would be enough, but I have also received help with everything from flea control to recipes.

6. I live a very narrow and sheltered life, due to my lifestyle (kids, working, etc.) and I had felt cut off from altruism. I was no longer a girl scout leader or a catechism teacher and I felt like I needed to do charity. Blogging found me outlets for this.

7. I found there are other people out there who think like me. It is hard in the real world to find people who are just like you. You can go to church, but even there you have a limited field of opportunities. In the blog world you expand your opportunities 100 times and find lots of people living, believing and thinking just like you.

8. I love to share. Pictures, thoughts, poetry. And by share I mean I give and I receive. I like that I can peak into others thoughts and I love sharing mine.

9. Starting this blog spurred me into starting a family blog. Now all my family, some of whom had difficulty downloading and viewing stuff I sent to them, can go everyday to see what is going on in all our lives (its not this site, lol).

10. The enjoyment of this blog led me to more reading/surfing of the internet, which in turn led me to the 365 Project. Which got me started on my own 365 Project. This is really awesome to me. It allows me to do something just about myself and watch how things change for me during an entire year. It is very much like a journal, but because I made it public I am more inclined to keep it up. I like the pressure. (Reminder go there now and check it out!)

11. Laughing. I laugh so much more since I started this venture. Sometimes because of comments to my poses and sometimes reading the entries of some very talented and funny writers who I have found.

12. Comfort. This touches again on what I have listed above, but I can’t even explain the comfort I have received during trying times. To know that people are thinking of or praying for us in our times of need is amazing. Not just people’s thoughts but their input. To me knowledge is power. And when I feel powerless you all lift me up with comfort and knowledge.

13. Now I could have come up with another great one. However, Mr. Vixen insisted I be totally truthful. So, here it goes: This blog gave me something to do while Mr. Vixen, Macdougal and Fishboy played Battlefield 2. Apparently, (although I don’t remember this at all because I can’t remember a time before blogs) I may have resented their time playing together online with each other while I stared at the tv.

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28 Comments

  1. Congrats on 150 I agree on so many of those:>

  2. Wow! Hope I’d be able to experience as much one day too… just re-started my blog…

    Happy TT 🙂

  3. Blogging is great, isn’t it? Congratulations on your milestone! I’ve just checked my stats and I’m sitting at 89 posts, so I’ll need to keep an eye on it for coming up to 100.
    My TT post is up here if you want to check it out.
    Happy TT!

  4. Isn’t blogging fun! I posted my 200th today! (I forgot 100 too. hehe)

  5. What a great list! One of the wonderful things blogging has done for me is that is caused me to become interested in learning how to use my computer. I went from not even knowing copy/paste to designing templates for Blogger, writing web sites and teaching myself photo shop, all in less than two years. Like you, blogging opened up my mind, my eyes and my heart. I’ll likely be blogging until my fingers can’t type anymore.

    BTW, the TT banner looks great!

  6. Great post.

    my 13 is up on Working at Home Mom

  7. I celebrated my 200th post a couple of weeks ago – isn’t it fun to look back? Blogging is one of the best parts of my day. I love connecting with new people.
    Great TT!!
    Mine’s up too.

  8. I love the needing something to do while they played Battlefield. Oh how many internet widows use blogging to occupy them.

    Great TT.

    Cindi

  9. I am new to the blogging thing. I am glad to see that you still enjoy it so much. God Bless.

  10. Happy 150th!!! I love to read your posts!

  11. she

    blogging is my life! hehe.

  12. I’m so glad you started a blog. It’s a delight to get to know you a wee bit.

    Great TT!

  13. I’ve been on the internet for 17 yrs. and I met some truly awesome people. 🙂 I’m glad you started this blog. Heh!

  14. I agree with you 100% about a blog being an “interactive journal.” That’s why I originally started, and that’s why I keep going. And I love that you believe people are inherently good. That’s wonderful.

  15. Sue

    Happy 150th!!! I blog for some of the same reasons especially #3 and #5. Happy Thursday Thirteen, and thank you so much for stopping by!

  16. I’ve never been a person who journals but for some reason I am really drawn to blogging.

  17. I would agree with everything but number 5. I do a lot of my blogging for the same reasons. But I don’t agree with 5, basically because I’m a Christian I suppose, but I think people are selfish and self seeking at heart. At the root of all deeds it’s what we can get for ourselves. And, unfortunately, that means comments or being in the top growing blogs or payments from pay for posts…I hope I didn’t rain on your parade. It really was a good post you gave!

  18. congrats on the 150th!!! I’m with you on many of the reasons. Blogging has helped me in many ways!!! 🙂

    I’m glad I found you!!! 🙂

  19. Blogging is so much fun and I am glad of the friends I met. Great post.

  20. That’s a really great list. I agree with all of those points, well at least 1-12 rang very true for me as well. Happy TT13 😛

  21. I would definitely agree with much of what you wrote. I am at post 76 so I am just over half way to where you are. I started blogging in June, and my comfort level with the computer has sure increased. I am fighting for computer time here sometimes, but now hubby has hooked up the other one to the net so it isn’t so bad. Great list. Happy TT.

  22. Sadly, how easy it would be to also do a TT called “13 Reasons I Wish I’d Taken Up Stamp Collecting Instead of Blogging”! 🙂

    Don’t take my cynicism to heart… my experience has been MUCH more good than bad in the blogsphere and your’s is a goodly list!

  23. Those are all great reasons to blog! I love meeting new people and reading about other’s view’s. It honestly gives you so much insight. Happy 150!! I hope there are tons and tons more!

  24. this is a great TT list!

    note to self – i may do this one sometime soon!

    I love blogging, what a great bunch of friendternets i’ve found since i’ve started. Some of those Friendternets have transfered into real life for which i’m blessed.

  25. Wow, I realize I don’t even know how many blog post I have. I guess I’ll just have to wait and celebrate my 1 year anniversary or some such.

    It’s great that you’ve made so many friends, I feel the same about the opportunities afforded by my blog. So many people, so many thoughts and ideas, and the reminder that I’m not alone in my viewpoints. It all makes blogging and other forms of webpresence worth it.

    Thanks for coming by my blog.

    ~X

  26. Congrats on hitting your milestone! This is a thoughtful TT too. 🙂

  27. I agree with several of those, especially #1

  28. I so agree with many of those points. I’ve been blogging on and off for years now, and whenever I have lost interest and stopped for a while I always came back in the end because it turned out there is something missing in my life without blogging and the interaction with great people online. 😉

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