Wednesday, March 09, 2022

Why do I blog?

In July of 2006 my interest was piqued when I read an article in the AARP magazine stating that so few seniors took advantage of this line of communication. I had heard the word, BLOG, of course but I figured it was just another part of the vast internet world that would forever elude me. The amusing thing, to me, is that in my day we would have simply called it what it is...a Web Log.

But, back to the question, “Why do I blog?” I have tried journaling (recording my daily thoughts and feelings), keeping a diary and even submitting articles for publication, but each of these outlets left me strangely unfulfilled.

Blogging, however, is the perfect medium for me and I love it. I have often wondered about my parents as children and young adults. What were their dreams and accomplishments? Did they overcome diversity? Did they seize opportunities or let them slip by? Who were they...other than my beloved mother and dad?

I am hoping, with the help of this blog, to supply my children with these answers about their own mother. This is my personal scrapbook full of emotional history, my triumphs and my downfalls, and how it created the person that I have become today

Why do I blog? Because it is my way to record the emotions and events of 89 years on earth...a journey of self discovery. I find that each article that I write prompts me to remember still more...a great taxing of the mind. It is an exhilarating memory experience and I am so thankful that it is available to me.



Blogger Marie Smith said...

And I am thankful to have found you, my blog friend!

1:12 PM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

So glad you decided to jump into the fray. It is the perfect way to record and explore.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Bonnie Jacobs said...

I'm very glad you decided to blog. Otherwise, we would never have "met" each other.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Terra said...

I am happy to meet you here. I am retired and blogging since 2007, it is fun to connect with folks here and as you are doing, leave a record for others to read in future.

7:46 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I could never journal on my own. I’d stop and start and give up. I honk to have an audience, however small, is a motivation for me. This format has been great for you as you delve into your memories.

5:13 AM  
Blogger Linda P. said...

I, like others, am so glad you decided to blog. I wish I could talk to my parents and ask about their unfulfilled dreams for themselves. I have some inkling. Your children will know you better as an adult and about how to keep vital and engaged as they age, too.

5:49 AM  
Blogger kenju said...

I agree with that reason for blogging....however, my children say they have no interest in reading it. But my grandchildren do....they hang on every word, and report to their mom, especially if they think I said something controversial. It has gotten me in trouble a few times.

9:57 AM  
Blogger troutbirder said...

Very similar to my own reasons and experiencess. I've met and become blogging pals this way with a number of really interesting people who write well often by telling stories from their life. Whether a thoughtful, funny etc. your blog was and is the very best. At age 80 now having to be much more careful and prudent there are limits on my own adventures travel and stories. My beloved Barb passed on a few months before the pandemic hit and many had to shelter in place and live alone. Finally a new girlfriend and companion retired college professor Jean became part of my life and we just returned from a month long vacation on the big Island in Hawaii

10:31 AM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

We all blog for different reasons, and that's a good thing because I have learned much from reading the thoughts of others. Admittedly, some posts are more interesting or informative than others, but life is like that as well. I appreciate reading about your life, Ginnie, and wish so often that I knew more about the lives of my late parents. You are giving your family a good legacy.

Also, thanks for your recent blog visit and comment, it was much appreciated.

1:21 PM  

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