The idea of keeping a journal used to bring fear to me. My mother insisted I write and that was a good thing. However, she also wanted to read my thoughts, correct misspelled words, edit, check my penmanship… I balked. Why did I want to have another school assignment? What a shame. Now as an adult I would love to open an old journal to read my childhood thoughts.
Did Mother keep a journal? After she died I found lots of scraps of paper all filled with fascinating memories…tidbits of glimpses into her past. I’ve since spent a long time typing her notes. As I type, I think of questions I would love to have asked.
Fast forward how many years?!! I’m 63 and I have written my own collection of scraps of paper…all filled with fascinating memories! That’s it…no more scraps! I don’t want our children to find boxes of paper pieced word pictures. Several months ago, I decided it was time for everything to go into an official journal. I have chosen to use a three ring binder so it can be organized into sections. And I’ll be able to add what I’ve written on my blog. So now, let’s talk about the joys of online journaling!
The idea of writing a blog was new to me last year and somewhat intimidating. But once I thought of it as an electronic journal, I was somewhat comfortable with the idea. Definition: A blog (a portmanteau of the term web log) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog)
I have enjoyed the concept of expressing my thoughts about a variety of subjects, including memories from pages in our family scrapbooks. Some are of historical and genealogical subjects. Many posts are written about life lessons I’ve learned. I have enjoyed the feedback from family and friends.
The chronological order sometimes bothers me because I tend to want to organize by subject. I am not sure all my readers who are new to “blogdom” know to check the archives or leave comments below the post. When I add a new post, I am hesitant to notify family and friends and thus become a pest. I am learning to add the blog address to everything I write.
Participating in a blog challenge during the month of February has been a real stretch for me. I was surprised to discover: blogging is definitely for me! I also participated in an online marketing class offered by artist Kelly Rae Roberts. She gave me the motivation to sell my art online. So one of my goals this year is to use this site to advertise and sell my handcrafted journals.
One person recently asked me, “What’s the purpose of all this?” My response…even though only a few people might read what I’ve written, the writer in me has expressed myself. And that makes me happy!