It really doesn’t seem like 5 years since i started blogging….sometimes it feels much longer and other times it seems like only a couple of years since i began, but today i actually celebrate 5 years of blogging!
Blogging wouldn’t be anywhere near as enjoyable, if i didn’t have the wonderful and diverse network of blog-buddies i’ve come to know over the years, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for making my experience of blogging so rewarding and enjoyable.
I consider my blogging to be an extension of my self expression, my personal domain, my safe-place, somewhere to express my thoughts and feelings and to share with others some of the things that i find interesting. For a number of years that was the way I blogged.
Unfortunately, in 2008 I became aware that the way I blogged would have to change.
Or at least, one element of my blogging.
The consequence being that I no longer felt i could be as open on the blog as i had been in the past.
Having said that, i found a way around it.
Nowadays most of my ‘personal’ posts are private.
This gives me peace of mind in knowing who is reading such posts, though i do understand that it may not seem fair to other of my readers who do not have access to them.
If you do feel that you would like to read my personal posts and if you are a friend in real time/blogspace then drop me a line and let me know. It’s important to me that I don’t snub people who consider me a friend, but it is just as important to me that i have a place to write where i am able to express myself without fear of recrimination or of being judged, ridiculed or childishly gossiped about.
5 years in the blogging business has taught me that 99.99% of readers/blog buddies have mine and my family’s very best interests at heart, but regretfully there may be a small number of people who don’t, and that is why i like to know who is reading my personal posts.
Anyway, enough with that negative aspect of blogging, because there is much too much good stuff about blogging for me to ever dwell on the less than positive side of it.
So back to the positives.
Yes YOU reading this right now!
You are the positive.
Thanks for sharing with me your thoughts and opinions in the combox (even if they do differ from mine) and via email/Facebook etc…. and most of all thank you for your friendship, support and encouragement. It is very much appreciated. And that’s not just words.
I especially enjoy the stuff that goes on behind the scenes of the blog, the personal contact, letters, emails etc. Much of it has been facilitated via this little blog of mine where we first *met* and for that i am especially grateful.
Thanks too for sharing yourselves with me, through personal contact, letters, emails and of course, your own beautiful blogs. It gives me a lot of pleasure to read about your own lives and experiences, and isn’t it just so much fun watching each others kids grow (albeit online!) and stuff and reading each others blogs for so long that you come to know one another in a really personal way….even though some of us are practically at opposite ends of the earth?
I find it fascinating.
It fascinates me that after 5 years, so many people still bother to visit this little corner of cyberspace and actually care about what is going on in mine and my family’s life etc, and that you are interested in my thoughts and creativity and stuff. This is what makes blogging so rewarding to me.
The bottom line is that strangers come to care about one another in this thing called cyberspace…and that through frequent and sometimes even intermittent contact, the seeds of friendship are well and truly sown.
I believe social interaction has been totally redefined by blogging.
Mine certainly has.
It’s real and tangeable.
The words I write.
The words you read.
The words you write.
The words I read.
on some level or other.
And i dare to call that friendship.
Most of us may never meet (though i so wish we could). But many things are woven into the blogging fabric of our friendships that make it a beautiful tapestry…faith, family, love, seeking to become better versions of ourselves, encouraging one another, praying for one another, supporting one another through times of hardship and times of great blessing.
Some non-bloggers just don’t get it.
Not all non-bloggers…but certainly some.
Many of you, like me, have felt saddened by the recent loss of a well known bloggers’ husband passing away unexpectedly, and for the family now mourning his loss… Amy Welborn blogged so personally as she grieved, both on her blog and on Facebook, and i truly believe that she drew some comfort from the tide of prayers and well wishes that flooded the family, a lot of which would not have come about if she had not sought to journal her thoughts and feelings. And y’know, I really do believe tha even without words and comments of support and encouragement, the very act of blogging as a form of self expression , can assist us in processing what we are experiencing.
And that is the reason why I blog.
If it happens to help others, that’s even better.
There is a lot of good, a lot of very ‘real’ good to be had in this place called cyberspace.
Over the years there have been many, many times when i have prayed for the sick and the dying that i have come to know or know of via blogging …. babies, young children, teenagers, parents, grandparents, the elderly and infirm….and I ask you, who can measure the benefit or comfort gained by praying for and being prayed for in the extensive network that is this phenominal medium called blogosphere?
I pray for my blog friends at Mass and I endeavour to remember their special intentions and I know you pray for me and for my family too, because you tell me so.
I’ve blogged some of the most intimate and amazing moments in my family’s journey to Mother Church and some of you my friends, have been here for me and the kids from when we were neophytes and for both my parents conversion to Catholicism. You’ve shared t this ongoing journey of faith with us.
Over the years we have shared one anothers personal dilemmas and agonies, joys and blessings, we’ve shared about marriages, births, marriage breakdowns, spousal deaths, miscarriages, stillbirths, single parenting struggles, endeavours to live continent and chaste lives etc…all of this is intimately personal stuff we share.
Deeply personal stuff.
And we share it yes as a form of self expression and of trying to make some sense of things, but also because we actually do care about one another and because we choose to reach out to one another both in our times of need, and in our desire to befriend and express compassion to our fellow bloggers.
I think that is pretty fantastic.
So thank you for being there for these past 5 years and i pray that i can be half as encouraging, supportive, understanding and appreciative of all of you, as you have been and continue to be, to me.
Here’s to another 5 years…maybe!
p.s. I want to also say a special thank you to those readers who read my blog but who have never or have rarely commented over the years. I’m sure you have your reasons, but i want you to know that i appreciate your visits and I thank you for any prayers and well wishes offered for me and mine over the years. I regularly pray for all who read my blog, including those i don’t know the name of, so please be assured of my prayers for you too.
God Bless you 🙂