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The Blog Book

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Lately I've been asking myself why I like to blog? My goal is to be able to blog everyday, but somehow 4 children and homeschooling and a house to run just doesn't figure into my blogging ideals. And sometimes I really don't have anything worthy to say. I pretty much live a boring life just now. Interesting and valuable to me, but filled up with the little insignificant dramas of motherhood, survival and homeschooling and a small community, where the only interesting thing that happens in a day is wondering why the hens have given only 4 eggs, instead of their usual 6.

So I've been thinking about why I blog.
I'm one of those people that like to write. I always have. Since I learned how to read and form letters I have strung stories together. I remember getting really, really mad at my Dad once when I was 8 years old, because as we were leaving our summer holiday at Kaiteriteri to drive back to Blenheim, (three and a half hour drive in those days), he packed my blank notebook and pen in the boot of the car. It's funny the things you remember from childhood.

Writing is my outlet for my quiet personality (although I was gratified recently to have my neighbour shake his head in disbelief when I claimed this), and my inability to voice strong opinions face to face. I may or may not have the talent it takes to be a great writer, and even though I only have one little children's book under my belt, and a few articles here and there, it is a compulsion I cannot help. I was born with the desire to express myself in the written word, and it's not going to go away anytime soon. But I am the type of writer who needs quiet and solitude and the ability to put myself into what I am writing to get anything worthwhile out of it, and in a busy household of four children who are at home most of time, this is near impossible.

The other reason I blog is to keep a journal of this season of our lives as our children are growing up. I recently discovered the value of this when my cousin's wife told me about www.blurb.com. I am pretty hopeless at scrapbooking, and keeping photo albums up to date. When I reached my 100th post recently and remembered that I started this blog around the beginning of the year, I realized how my blog has pretty much taken over this role of albums and scrapbooking for me in a way that is not a chore or very timeconsuming, and how awesome it would be to somehow compile it all into a book as a record of 2010. Then my cousin told me about blurb and showed me a fantastic book that she had made for her son's 21st birthday - a photographic and text record of his childhood in a beautifully bound hardback book. So I talked it over with Robin and we decided it would be worth the money (and it's surprisingly inexpensive) to invest in something like this on an annual basis.

So I downloaded blurb and got started, and even though it slurps your blog automatically into a book, you still need to delete, arrange, edit and change the pages around, and it is strangely addictive. Yesterday I burned a whole batch of shortbread because I got engrossed in my blog book!


There is a third reason I blog, and that is because it keeps me connected with the outside world. On days where I am the only adult I see until my husband comes home it's nice to skip around my blogroll and meet up with my 'internet friends'. It's a strange kind of fellowship, but it's important to me, and I love the diversity of my blogroll and the people I have 'met' and become friends with. We encourage each other, support each other, have virtual laughs with each other and sympathise and bond with each other. It's not the world of Anne of Green Gables or the world my parents grew up in, but it's a new and exciting world with a flavour all of its own, and I love it, and I think the minutes I spend on my computer and my blog are worth every second.

6 comments :

Clara said...

I've thought about doing this too... And like you, often reading blogs is my only adult interaction until my husband gets home from work - and in that sense, some days the blogging world is the difference between sanity and insanity!!

Cottage Tails said...

oh my I have never ever heard of the blog book.

I am soo behind printing it out... I m off with a cuppa to have a look.

Love Leanne

toushka said...

I've been looking for something like this. I could only find US websites that did them. I'll give this a looksee.
I think our kids would LOVE to read our stuff in years to come and what better way to keep it than in a proper book.

Ann said...

Lovely post - again! You do write beautifully and I share the same key reason for blogging too. I don't want to make money, get followers, get noticed - I just like it. And I really like the idea of the blog book. Thanks for the idea, Ann x

Sarah of 'Catching the Magic' said...

Here, here! I love blogging for all the reasons you mention. It's so wonderful to dip back in time and reflect on our memories at a simple click. My husband and I, as well as the children, do this often.

I also love the connection with other parents. I prefer communicating in writing than talking (though close friends and people I meet would probably describe me as chatty!).

I enjoy my own space and find writing down my day (however mundane) helps me make sense of it all and leaves me feeling relaxed.

It also keeps my mind ticking over and able to string a sentence together - I need something to stretch my mind as most of the day is washing, cleaning and facilitation child's play :)

LOVE the sound of the 'Blog Book'. I've often thought of doing it but never found a company to do it. Will have to check this out!

Thanks & happy blogging :)

Cate said...

Great timing as I was about to start searching for a program to help me put my old blog into a book form. I wanted to do it to celebrate the end of our homeschool era *sniff*'

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