Wednesday, September 16, 2009

How Many Blogs Could A Blogger Read If A Blogger Could Read Blogs?

Nearly a year ago, I posted a tiny communique about blogging. Not very long and truthfully not that interesting. But I have been thinking again about it as of late and would like to, if you will all indulge, revisit the subject. And I have a favor to ask. The original blog from December of 2008 read in part...
"What an odd phenomenon is the blog world. Who are we to think that we have anything to say that anyone would want to hear? Most of the time, I doubt that my own family (i.e. those obligated by blood or marriage to at least pretend to be interested) particularly cares what I have to rant or ramble about. Are we truly a narcissistic society, so caught up in our own opinions and postulations as to believe that others would want to read them, to the tune of thousands of bloggers, publishing thousands upon thousands of posts each week? Clearly, yes, we are. BUT truth be told...I love it!...I love the sneak peek into the daily (even if mundane) lives of friends and family. Do I think that it would be better for us to bind these ties face to face? Yes, but that is not the reality of the times we are living in. I live 100's of miles from my "hometown". Also true of my college home. My friends and family are spread literally from border to border and from sea to shining sea. We have, however, this place to converge, to rally, to reunite, to associate, to mingle, to share, to connect and reconnect. So, while there may not always be a lot to say, keep saying it. Real people, real lives. Ordinary and humdrum at times. Remarkable and Amazing at others."
I still believe this to be true, perhaps even more so now. I have seen some remarkable things over the year since my somewhat trepidatious entrance into the blogosphere. I have "met" some amazing people, reconnected with old friends and drawn closer to family. I have seen babies born, and couples wed (not necessarily in that order)...birthdays celebrated and anniversaries marked...rejoiced with some friends and cried with others. Am I alone in my sentiment, sickeningly saccharine as it may be? Do any of you have experiences with this medium that have touched, inspired, angered or fed you? I want answers I tell ya! So here is where the favor comes in. I want to know who you are. Am I getting to read all the bloggers' blogs who hit my blog? Please, if you read this...leave a comment. If you have an experience, share it. If not, just say hi so I can go check out your blog! If I already know who you are...leave a comment anyway so I don't look like a big dork standing in the corner all by myself waiting for someone to ask me to dance.
Quote of the Day: "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."--Dr. Seuss philosopher


  1. You pretty much know the basics of what goes on here. Feels pretty mundane- psycho busy crazy mundane. Meaning it feels like the same psycho busy craziness over and over and over. Feel free to check in, though, assuming I've found the time to write about it!

    I love to read your blog, though. Like you said, it gives a tiny little glimpse into what your life is like. Since I think you're pretty neat, I like to know. Keep up the great writing!

  2. this strange blogosphere amazes me as well. i feel like i know some of the writers of the blogs i read even though i doubt they know of my existence, but i love it! i love people sharing what makes them who they are, reading something that broadens my horizons, makes me laugh, makes me think, or just brightens my day.

    i just wanted to write you a huge thank you because of the connection we made. the sweet, sweet card that you sent me after my giveaway was just amazing words of encouragement from one blogging friend to another. i carried that card in my purse for weeks just so i could take it out on a whim to re read & smile all over again. i was actually telling a good friend of mine about your card over the past weekend and how much the Lord used a "strangers" words to encourage my soul... so, thank you :)

    and i'm glad t know that i'm not the only one who sometimes feels like a "big dork standing in the corner all by myself waiting for someone to ask me to dance" in this big ol' blogosphere!!


  3. I love blogging because it gives me a chance to be creative. It also helps me to keep in touch with friends, even the ones that live across the street.

  4. Shan...I love your psycho crazy life...keep up the good work!

    AW--Thank you so much. Every time I wear the jewelry you made, I think of what an amazing, beautiful girl you are and I feel blessed to be even a tiny part of your life. The Lord knows who we are and places people in our path to bless our lives. If you did not live on the opposite side of the continent, I would make you marry my little brother! ;)

    Divine Miss H--Ditto neighbor!

  5. You are not a dork! Thanks for introducing me to the world of blogging.

  6. I always read your blog--and always enjoy it. Partly because of what you write about and partly because of the way you write--which I love.

    I am struggling with blogging myself, however. I love having it for family and for cyber friends I have met through writing, but several people in my ward and stake now have access to it, so I feel I have to be careful what I write about and that makes me more nervous about writing and less inclined. I am not quite sure what to do about it. But, in the meantime, I still enjoy reading everyone else's!

  7. Ok, I may not be a full fledged dork yet, but I am definitely working on it.

    And I find it best to live by the adage..."Dance like no one is watching, sing like no one is listening and blog like no one is reading.

    "You have all heard that one before...right?

  8. Very well said. This has become such a part of my world. I felt that I have made all of these new friendships. Thanks for stopping by to say "hi" at green acres. Have a blessed day!

  9. Hi Leslie, that restaurant is on the left hand side of the road if you are driving in from the Swan Valley/Pine Creek Pass. It really is good food. I am one of your blog-0-sphere junkies. Every morning I check it over my morning coffee. I always wonder who is reading my blog as well! I drove by the new ballet studio the other day and it is coming right along. It is about .5 miles from my house! I am love it! See you at ballet. Malissa.

  10. Oh, yes. I spend wayyyyy too much time reading blogs. I catch myself starting to say to someone IRL about a blog friend and something they're going through, and I don't really know how to start. "This girl I met online..." doesn't sound kosher! It is an entirely different universe out here! :)

  11. Love it. I always love your posts. Guess what we are moving to your side of the state. My hubby is being transferred we hope to be moved by summer... Hooray!!

  12. First, thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog, second, I totally agree with what you said in this post, thare are a lot of amazing people in the blogosphere (like us ;), and third the quote is so meaningful.