Friday, August 08, 2008

Disclaimer/Explanation:

I've been blogging a lot more lately, or at least trying to. This increase is mainly due to the pondering I have been giving to documentation and it's importance and relevance. While at Shell's house I produced an impressive 25 layouts (30 pages) and was in quite the scrapbooking groove after lying dormant for about a year. (since we moved-) Despite this groove and my good intentions to continue said groove during Timm's 2-week departure, I am not feeling it. Part of it is frustration because I create all these things, but then no one ever bothers to look at them besides me. I enjoy the process (most of the time) even though it's time-consuming and I devote to it money and space which are both in very short supply. Still, I'm left wondering... is it really that important? Is it worth all the time, effort, money, and space I dedicate to it? (sometimes...) I think I'm just in a funk, but regardless of the duration of this funk I decided that more regular blogging was the answer. Even when I am scrapbooking it's not regular enough to document everything, but blogging can capture it all. Plus, when I do have a page that I want to do I can reference my archives for the details or the journaling itself. Ultimately I would love to publish my blog annually and keep all the volumes as my personal journals. So- for the first time, I really am blogging primarily for me. I love comments and visitors, so I am going to make a concerted effort to come out of the shadows and stop my lurking, but still- I am blogging for me. Yes, for my posterity as well since in published form they will be easier to access years from now, but for now it's my journal. That said, I realize many posts may not be of interest to anyone but me or only those very close to me. I realize that sometimes I may sound negative, very often depressed, but always real, upfront, and honest. When I have a record of my life I don't want anything to be left out. I don't want a rosy portrait only painted of me. I want my kids and my future self to know who I really was, and am. So I'm going forward, Doogie Howser- style in an attempt to capture my (near) daily thoughts, failures, accomplishments, and love of those I share them with. Consider yourself warned- read at your own risk.

10 comments:

Karli said...

this is such a great mindset to have. I finally got on the same page and am blogging for me and my family as well. I almost forget to look at the comments now! I made 2006 and 2007 into books that are over 100 pages each and sit on our coffeetable. Now the things I write and pictures I take are there out in the open for people other than myself to look at...and my kids will know me and Zac for who we were before and during our child-raising years. I still scrapbook for me (and like you said-I'm often times the only one looking at the pages & I've gone to digital with a lot of it), but I love the journal space and experience blogging has given to me.

And, Diana gave me your number a while back because I wanted to ask you questions about your dinner routine (the making ahead and freezing for a month thing), so hopefully I'll get around to calling or writing sometime soon!

Hope you're feeling good...sorry about the potty training escapades! You are a sweetie...

Karli

michelle said...

I am feeling much the same way currently. My blog is the first long-term journal I've ever kept, and I love that. I am obsessed with documenting my life and feelings, whether it be through writing, taking pictures, etc. Can you imagine if we had something like this from Grandma or Mom?

marc said...

I just read that only one percent of people who read a blog will leave a comment, so I am determined to always leave comments now. It seems like a pretty easy way to be in the top one percept of SOMETHING.

I think scrapbooking has its place (especially the cool stuff you make), but only when you're enjoying it. As a recent convert to blogging, I love Karli's idea of making a yearly book from the blog.

Jill said...

I totally understand what you're saying here and I feel the same way. I pretty much abandoned scrapbooking as soon as I started blogging. It was bizarre how readily I dropped it, but blogging feels so much more thorough and feels a bit like digital scrapbooking. I love that I work on it every day. I definitely have a way more thorough record of our lives and the little day-to-day details, and those are the things I love the most!

Jill said...

P.S. Great banner!

rmt said...

I'm just excited that you are going to be blogging more-it helps me feel closer to you even though you are far away. And I don't mind reading everything: the good, the bad, and the ugly. It's nice to read people's true feelings and emotions and feel connected in that way. So hooray for you! I 'm looking forward to this.

Denise said...

I really want to start blogging, and you've just about convinced me to do so! I think it is the perfect way to keep a journal, I'm just afraid that I will spend too much time word-crafting, if you know what I mean. But, thanks for the inspiration--and I look forward to hearing more regularly from you!

Serin said...

[unlurk]My blog is my journal, it always has been. I back it up into Folio and then I have it handy when I do my (digital) scrapbooking. I write the good, bad and the ugly and I love the support I get from family and friends. :)

Ooo La La said...

{unlurk, also} Paula Woellhaf here, I confess I drop into your blog from time to time! It only seems fair to leave a comment. I love keepping up with those I care about who are so far away.

Ooo La La said...

{unlurk, also} Paula Woellhaf here, I confess I drop into your blog from time to time! It only seems fair to leave a comment. I love keepping up with those I care about who are so far away.

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