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Friday, August 19, 2005

Why I blog...

Last month Molly asked why we blog. I've been meaning to talk about that for awhile now, even before Molly raised the question. I'm glad that she asked, because if she hadn't I probably would have put off talking about it even longer. Now seems as good as time as any, so here goes...

There have been times where readers criticized me for posting about things other than Dreamweaver. Usually these readers are viewing an RSS feed of my blog and not reading directly from my site. Sometimes my RSS is not properly aggregated or a couple times my RSS was acting up and was not outputting what it should be. In either case, my RSS feed's description says:

"Everything from gushy mom stuff to Dreamweaver related things like conferences and extensions."

That means everything from my life as a mom, which means anything that happens within a 24 hour day since being a mom is not something I can switch off. Surely there are people who are as uninterested in my work related posts as much as those who are uninterested in my personal life.

Either way, I'm going to talk about whatever I'd like. Anyone reading my blog is doing so by their choice and can stop at any time or filter on a variety of categories in order to see only things that are relevant to their interests.

A few weeks ago I posted that I was thinking of taking my medical posts off my home page. I haven't had time to do so, and now I'm not even sure I want to do that anymore. That's because today, all my osteochondroma posts and photos became worthwhile because of a comment I got today in an old post from almost 2 years ago.

Knowing that I've helped someone or made them feel better, even if it is for a single second makes the time it takes to make my thoughts and feelings public worth it.

Sometimes I hear from fellow moms asking for career advice from the mom perspective. Those emails remind me that we're all on the same earth and often have the same concerns, hopes, fears, dreams, etc. I'm not alone. You're not alone.

Often it is easier to type my thoughts than it is to find someone to talk to about them at the time they're in my head. In some ways, blogging is for me, cathartic. So even if my ramblings help nobody else but me, I'll still do it.

So to finally answer the question, I blog because:
I want my son to read it all some day when he's older, it can be cathartic, I don't like writing as much as typing, my memory fails sometimes and my blog has refreshed my memory before on more than a few occasions, I know that there's a chance someone might find it useful, and I can.

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