I read an interesting post here about mommy blogs and it got me thinking about blogging in general and why I devote time and energy to this one. This blog definitely started as a way to update friends and family on what's going on with the LO and I think that still serves as its main purpose. I've got around 40 readers or so a day (I check statistics through Google Analytics) and I'm willing to bet most of them are people that we know who are just checking in on the haps.
Second, this blog is a record for the LO, in the event that one day she ever wants to read these thoughts. It's nice that there are also pictures to go along with this record of our times. In fact, I just ordered a book of all the entries from 2009 through Blog2Print - I can't wait to see it. The printed books of this blog will serve as the LO's baby book - because along with my own thoughts and feelings, this is where I document her milestones and activities.
An unintended but rather happy consequence of the blog has been friendship! I enjoy getting comments from new and old friends and in April I'm actually going to a baby shower of a fellow mommy blogger. (Well I guess mommy-to-be blogger!) I know her parents but we have never actually met ... we became friends through following each others' blogs ... how cool is that? I feel that the blogosphere is a great support system. I enjoy reading posts of other mommy bloggers and knowing that they can read what I'm up to.
I like being a part of this thing - this blog world - knowing that I said "yes, I will try this". Sometimes it's hard to put myself out there for everyone to see. Not every day is a perfect day and I always try to be honest. I feel like that's what I'm offering here to those who stop by - an honest look at our lives - a peep into what makes our family tick. I also help I can offer some help or even just a few laughs to my readers and also to myself. Having this blog is a haven that I can return to, something that offers perspective. Sometimes I can be really upset about something and then when I go to write it down I realize it isn't that bad.
I know many of you have your own blogs and I enjoy reading them! To me reading blogs is an integral part of this whole thing. To those of you who don't -think about trying it! And if you do... drop me a link!