Now, if this was a sitcom celebrating our 100th episode, we'd kick back, take a break and let a clip-show do all the work. But No! Because you deserve better! (And by "you" I mean the faithful reader, i.e. my mother, and anyone who also has a blog and knows what it's like to not get any comments. That's pretty much our fan base here. Not that there's anything wrong with that!)
In thinking about reaching triple digits, I started to examine my goals for this blog. We started about a year ago, as kind of a lark, not sure what the point was, or where it would lead. There are a thousand reasons to start a blog, ranging from loving the sound (or type?) of your own voice, to dreams of Internet stardom. I'm not sure that in the beginning, Dus or I had a real plan- we thought we'd try it out, have some fun and see if we had anything interesting left to say after a week and a half. Apparently we have plenty left to say....you be the judge of the interesting part.
So we've got a good start on the longevity aspect, but the real question is: why bother? We're just two of the billion or so people tip-tapping away at their keyboards everyday. Will our little niche on the Internet ever get noticed? Probably not. Will I be remembered as an influential online writer of my time? Not likely. But I think the biggest mistake in blogging is doing it for other people. The times I've enjoyed it most have been when I ignore who might read it, forget the imaginary pressure that I "should" write more often, and just do it for me. So on that note, I give you the top 3 reasons I blog:
- To preserve memories. I love being able to look back on a week, month, or year (!) ago and see what we were doing, and relive memories told in my own voice- it's like a diary but with better pictures. I'm excited to look back in a few years, and see that yes- we did sleep til noon, watch a crap ton of TV, host some sweet parties, and yes- it was amazing. The part I think I need to do a better job of, is upping the honesty, and showing the not so exciting parts of our story. No, I don't want to bore you with the daily grind of our lives, but if I'm a bit more forthcoming about our trials, I think it'll be more rewarding to look back on later. So I hope for many more holiday slide shows, and some frivolous reality TV posts, but most of all I hope to be honest about my successes and my fears, aiming to create a somewhat accurate time-capsule of my life. Even if it's just for me.
- To express myself. Part of the reason I sit down to write every 4 days or so (statistical average, by no means have I been able to create a regular rhythm to my posts), is because it's fun! I like telling stories, sharing things I love, examining my thoughts and sometimes just creating some Internet nonsense. Sometimes I'll sit for an hour searching for the exact right words to express the swirl of thoughts in my mind. Other times I'll post a picture, write a caption and call it a day. But the blog has become a part of my life. During outings I think about how to best recap the action, on special occasions I dream of ways to showcase it here. At it's simplest, it's forced me to take more photos, but at it's best, it's forced me to live more actively. I've made lists as a form of public accountability, I've professed my love for my husband and I've lamented growing older. I've taken my swarm of thoughts and emotions and formed a tangible version, recorded in my own style.
- To connect with others. Despite saying that I keep a blog primarily for personal reasons, one of the big benefits is the interaction with people. I've reconnected with faraway friends through their sites, and I've met new people through an expanding Internet circle. It's been a way for me to update family on our lives, and given them an opportunity to know us in a way they may not have otherwise gotten the chance.