Where Everybody Knows Your Name...
1. It makes me feel sane. It makes me feel like I am a grown-up with grown-up thoughts and opinions and grown-up people out there listening. It makes me collect my thoughts and often glorifies the minutia which is my life at the moment.
2. It makes me money. Well, not really. not yet. Well, kind of, if you consider photography, blogging has been very helpful making money. However, I don't think the photography buiz needs the amount of blogging I do. Besides the fact, the photography buiz has its own little blog, and website. So, I'm back to making very little money off this little blog considering the amount of time and effort going into it. So why all the work? I intend to make money somewhere down the road...most likely NOT as a world famous blogger. Most likely AFTER the kiddos are all in school in a few years. Most hopefully working for some wonderful establishment like Fine Gardening or BHG or David Austin. I want to have a portfolio set and ready to go when my time comes to jump back into the workforce.
3. Everybody knows your name. Huh, what? When you are a blogger, you meet friends. You meet new friends and you connect with old friends and you get to know everyone deeply. You feel like you are stopping by the corner bar in Cheers every afternoon when you log in to check out your reader. Especially for we bloggers that hate the phone and are introverts. Blogging is a social outlet for us that we would otherwise not have at all. We would just be writing in our journals. Blogging lets our friends peek into our journals.
...and the old friends? This might be the best part of blogging. The connecting with friends from high school and college...like facebook, except you are fully fleshing out a thought and sharing your opinion, your point of view, your life with your friends. If it weren't for blogging, I never would have gotten as close to Amy or Meg or Jess again. I probably would not have talked to Leah about our gardens so much...(check out these seedlings from Leah's garden, btw...can this girl grow or what?)