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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Why I Blog

This post is part of my homework for Week 3 (yes, it's late!) of Kludgy Mom's Back to School/Back to Blogging workshop. I chose the Idea Bank writing prompt #250: Why did you start blogging?

Before I started blogging, I only knew of a handful other mommy blogs and now, I have several fellow bloggers that I consider friends and have even started meeting in real life!

I truly admire the mommy blogging world and especially the moms with more than one child, that not only post something insightful, funny and/or thought provoking on their own sites everyday, but also find the time to visit other blogs and leave heartfelt comments. Natalie, (Mommy of a Monster) I'm talking to you! Seriously, girl, how do you do it?

I am trying to be better about finding time, not only to write, but visit other blogs as well. It's not easy with a 16 month old energizer bunny, but I'm trying my best.

My main purpose for blogging is for someone who can't even read yet - my son Lucas. These "letters" are a documentation of his life and a way for him to know me better.

I didn't have a great relationship with my own mother. We were never comfortable with one another and therefore didn't know each other very well. I harbor a lot of resentment towards my mother because I don't believe she really tried to be close to me and I am also full of regret for the things I should have said and done to improve our relationship too. When we know better, we do better, right? I never ever want there to be any distance or friction between me and
Lucas, so I hope that this blog will only help strengthen our bond.

I would have loved for my mother to have kept a journal for me, a recording of my milestones and the stories of her life. What insight that could have provided me now, not to mention terrific
conversation starters. I will admit that sometimes, I like to hide behind my words, but I know that face-to-face interaction is best. I learned that from my father, who was a great conversationalist and with whom I had a wonderful relationship.

I blog because it's therapy. Even if no one else ever read my words, I think I would still write them. Writing is a release for me. As well as sharing myself with my son and my readers, it is a great way to clear my head and get all the gobble-dee-gook
out of it.

I have never claimed to be a good writer or very articulate, but I am committed and try to be coherent and I feel like in the 14 months since I started Letters for Lucas, I have only gotten better.

I sincerely appreciate my loyal followers and all of your comments. The feedback I receive is invaluable, reassuring, kind and wise. Now, it seems I write for you too. Please keep the comments coming.

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Blogger Sherri said...

Oh, don't sell yourself short. You are very articulate and quite the draw us in to your world whether it's cute things about Lucas, sad things about family, or just silly Mommy things!! I love that you feel blogging is therapy; it sure can be.

Oh, and I never did last week's homework! So you are a rock star in my book...

October 5, 2010 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger alicia said...

I have always enjoyed your blog and I agree with Sherri. Btw, I also am not sure how Natalie does it. She is amazing. I'm coming to terms with the fact I'm not superwoman. I think that the idea to write for Lucas is wonderful and certainly an excellent way to communicate and develop a great bond. Have a great week!

October 5, 2010 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I know I speak for everyone when I say, thank goodness you started blogging. The blogging world just wouldn't be complete without you in it! Thanks sis!

October 6, 2010 at 11:16 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

I didn't get to know my mom, I mean really 'know' her, until I got into my 30s. So I understand the way you feel about wishing your mom would've kept a journal. That's exactly how I feel, too (I even touched on this in my post today).

Writing has become therapy for me, too. Check out my post today about words - I think you'll be able to relate.

And thanks for the shout out, my friend!

October 7, 2010 at 10:48 AM  

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