A comment I made on Betsy's blog the other day made me do a little thinking. Why do I blog? My original intent was to create a blog so that all the friends I left behind in South Carolina could come on here every day and keep up with what I'm doing, what's going on with us. I wanted to post photos from trips, or the new house, the new town. Photos of the cats, of me and James. Talk about what's going on with my job search, my weight loss, my art. For all those friends who asked every month, "Are you pregnant yet?" or the ones who would say, "So how is Weight Watchers going this time?"
I tried MySpace- nice for making albums of photos, but boring for posting and, worse, I was constantly bombarded with Buy our latest CD or Hi pretty lady...when clearly I was happily married. I lasted on there maybe a few weeks. Then I tried Snapfish, to make albums for everyone to look at photos, but that was painstaking to leave comments under each picture. I stumbled onto this blog because of Lisa Nelson- she's had one for awhile now and I would come on here to look at her latest artwork. When I started a blog, I really didn't know what direction it would take, and I didn't expect to enjoy it so much.
The ironic thing is, the only people from my real life who read it are my husband (nothing on here is news to him), my parents (who I email or talk on the phone to every day), and a good friend from Florida I haven't seen since 1989 (but we've been penpals ever since). The friends I intended it for, do not read it. Oh, I've emailed the blog address to everyone, and I've gotten a few responses "I'll check it out", but no one has emailed back to say they've read it. Even my best friend admitted she's only been on here once. But she and I email almost every single day, and talk on the phone every so often, so a lot of this would be redundant for her (I even email her photos here and there). So, maybe I was a little overconfident in thinking that the folks back in South Carolina would give a crap about what I'm doing now! ;)
I am not going to make any statements about any of my friends- they're busy, they all work, have kids or grandkids, husbands, houses to clean, other friends to see, social engagements to go to. I was someone they knew for a few years, then moved away, and I'm sure some of them say to themselves "this reminds me of the time Sandy...blah blah" or they think of me when they see a rat, or a black cat, or a cruise ship, or a photo of the beach. Whatever triggers the memory.
My friends do email me- when I email them first. My dearest friend Nita is the only one who emails me without my begging her! The others only answer when I initiate, and then it's just sort of how are you, how are the kids, how's the job...
So, I didn't want my blog to be anything other than photos and a diary for my friends. I never wanted to be controversial, I didn't want to take any political stands or talk about global issues. Just me, here I am, in Georgia, this was my day. I also didn't want to focus on just my weight loss, although I love weight loss blogs and they are very inspirational. I didn't want it to be about my artwork, because since we've moved I've made every excuse in the book on why I'm not painting right now. I know I'm all over the map with my posts, but I don't have any desire to have my blog be about any one subject.
I've found a lot of new "friends" here in blogland, and it's fun to read not just your comments on my posts, but your own blogs as well. And I check each blog that I follow, every morning and evening. So at this point, I can say that my blog is just for fun, and no other reason than that. I read on a new blogger's first (and only) post that she was starting a blog because she heard it was therapeutic. I would say that is true for me! Some days I have no idea what I'm going to blog about, could be inspired by a photo I took, or what James and I did, or some place that I went. Even if my friends in South Carolina are not reading it, I know there are folks out there who do read it. And that's pretty special to me.
Hope you all have a great day!
(Photo taken at the ferry dock on our trip to Ocracoke Island in 2005.)
My husband James and I moved to Newnan, Georgia in 2008 from South Carolina- due to his career. We both work for the same company- James 15 years and 10 years for me. We love our life, our new home, our six kitties, our family. We love to travel, and put our paid vacation days from work to good use! Most of all, we love to spend time together no matter what we're doing. I have an ordinary life but share it with an extraordinary man. I am so lucky! Life has been great to both of us. I know I started this blog off insinuating that I would be showing my artwork, but I left my muses back in South Carolina when we moved. They haven't managed to find me again so far. Maybe one day.