The Story Behind The Blog

fun-monday-thumb.jpgLisa has us answering the question, “Why do you blog?” for this Fun Monday assignment.

So how many hits a day are you getting on your blog now” my beloved asked me last night.  I told him and he merely sighed and shook his head.  Then he looked me in the eyes and told me that I was going to have to do better as that simply wasn’t enough.  He went on to inform me that I had to attract thousands of visitors each day if he was going to be able to quit his job and live comfortably off of my blog ad earnings.  I just gave him the look that he is so familiar with.  The one that says he’s such a goofball. 

I don’t ever expect to make any money off of this little blog of mine.  (Heck I don’t even have an ad…I even find them mildly offensive).  That’s not why I started it in the first place.  I started it because, well…Shaun pestered me into it. 

A few years ago, I got a wild hair and decided to write a Christmas letter to send out with all my cards.  I was prepared to hear moans and groans because that was the standard reaction to those seasonal letters.  Instead, to my amazement, everyone raved about how wonderful they were.   (I still hear  a lot of whining is I don’t send one out nowadays)  Encouraged by this positive reaction from family and friends, I started writing little stories about what was going on in our lives.  Then I would send them out via email. 

Shaun had heard about this new thing called a “blog”.  He wanted me to start one so that everyone could just go there and see my tales.  Of course I, being the one who hates change and anything technical, claimed that  I didn’t want one of those new-fangled things.  Why mess with a good thing? Ignoring my words, my sweet husband set up a blog for me. He even posted several of my past stories on it.  Instead of falling to my knees in gratitude, I foolishly refused to  acknowledge it’s existence.

It took a while, but I finally came around and started up my own blog.  (Yes, I was still too stubborn to use the one he set up for me!) It amazes me that something that started out as a way of allowing loved ones keep tabs on our family has become such a big part of our lives.  The entire family gives me suggestions on what to write.  People that I don’t even realize are reading know everything that is going on with us.  (sometimes it’s kinda creepy!)

Blogging has opened up a wonderful door for me.  I get to practice my writing skills (such as they are), I have an online journal and as a very special bonus, I have “met “so many amazing people. 

It’s highly doubtful that I will ever be able to support my beloved with this little blog, but I think the rewards I do get from it are pretty amazing…

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