Time Travel Tuesday—first post & why I blog.
Annie is hosting Time Travel Tuesday again this week and we are re-visiting our first post and discussing why we blog. My first post:
I am a believer trying to sort out the issues of obedience, dying to self and loving others. I am trying to learn submission with confidence and what Scripture says and shows about parenting. I want to find joy in all things. I believe it is a truth the there is joy in all things and a mindset to allow yourself to see it. Joy is my goal for 2007. I want to trade my sorrows.
I am a wife to a good man who is my friend. We have hammered on things for fourteen years and are still working. We believe our only option is to make our marriage the best it can be. If anyone would want to know why I put up with his “things” the easy answer is that he has always put up with mine.
I am a mother to two young sons. They are blessings and smart, talented, and handsome. And if someone thinks I might be biased…well, YEAH!! We are eclectic homeschoolers. I sometimes use workbooks and sometimes unschool. Sometimes there are areas in between. We don’t fit a mold very well.
I write like I talk, lots of punctuation, intentional misspellings, and CAPS!!! You can’t see me waving my hands around or hear my voice so that is my attempt at internet body language.
I am conservative, traditional legalist, an open-minded, freedom loving liberal, housed in a libertarian body. I don’t like blanket statements or stereotypes, but I do believe that right is right and wrong is wrong. But I am not your Holy Spirit—and no one else is mine. So that is clear as mud.
I believe I use the word “I” too often and would like to see it uncapitalized. Like “you” and “he” and “she.” “i.” I think every Bible should capitalize every name of the Father, Son and Spirit and all referring pronouns.
Having something to say, but not necessarily having someone to say it to, having a running dialog in my head—kind of a life commentary, and the suggestion of a friend put the idea of a blog into my mind. The idea formed in January of 2006 and finally evolved here December 29, 2006.
I actually first attempted a blog sponsored by a homeschool forum and was not satisfied with the results for many reasons. Mainly I felt that there my posts should be strictly be related to homeschooling and I had more to say than just that.
I was under the impression that forum communication was more immediate than blogging, although not as fast as IMing, but I have been surprised how fast blog posts and comments fly across the web. The community feeling that I’ve found blogging has amazed and blessed me. The visibility of putting words on the internet has shocked me.
Initially I naively thought there would be total anonymity in blogging. I thought there would be more opportunity to work through some personal issues in a more open way. While my husband and sister are aware of my blog, they don’t read it. My former pastor is linked to my blog, but I don’t think he reads here. But there has been more constraint than I imagined. My DCG and I have agreed to boundaries in posting that we are both comfortable with, and a stat counter has allowed me to get an idea of who is looking at me.
Joy really was a goal when I began this blog. My IRL persona is more of an Eeyore than a Tigger or Pooh. I don’t know that I want to be as overwhelming as Tigger or as oblivious as Pooh, but the rain cloud was making life just a little damp. Having charged myself to find “joy in all things” publicly has given me a boost. It was the start of “intentional living” that has been on my mind a lot lately.
If you think I post a lot (and I do) you might find it interesting to know that I only post about one third of everything that I write for my blog. I have terrible “foot-in-mouth” disease and have learned that while I can delete a post, my instinct is that once something goes into the blogosphere it never truly can be taken back in. So I have a running file where I type things out in a Word document and chew on them for awhile. Awhile might be ten minutes or ten days or I might come back and say, “Good grief! What was I thinking??”
My goals for continued blogging include more about “intentional living” and more about my spiritual journey. There have been a lot of bonuses by blogging. The main one being the wonderful people who I’ve met that I would never have otherwise. To meet some of them, go visit Annie and the other Tuesday Time Travelers.