i’m linking up with “blogtember” this month, hosted by jenni at story of my life.
today’s prompt was to discuss ways that blogging has changed you.
my character isn’t any different because of blogging… and taking as many hiatuses as i do, i guess it isn’t exactly ingrained in me. it has made me learn that “hiatuses” is the word (not hiati). but there are positives to the whole blogging thing. how about i talk about those instead?
blogging has given me a hobby. is it weird to not have any hobbies? i took piano lessons when i was little. but i didn’t love practicing. eating is a hobby. but let’s save that conversation for another time. i like to knit, but it isn’t cold, and i already have too many scarves. i like to go for walks, but i don’t go often (why?? ugh). i like to watch movies. the blog is a hobby, even though i fall out of it. or sometimes need to choose sleep — like monday night, thus giving up my “every weekday in september” blogging, or tuesday night, when i completely forgot to set an alarm for wednesday and woke up already an hour late for work. but i digress…
i love sitting down and typing something out. i’m usually most excited to share my photos (except this time). so that’s given me hobby #2 — taking those photos. i kind of love photographing the mundane, the daily life stuff, and teh food. so, day-to-day hobby.
blogging (sometimes) gets me to remember the good. if i’m having a very bad day, i tend to skip blogging. but on the medium days, the ok days, sometimes it helps me remember the small good pieces. i know this is controversial to some people, only talking about the good, or painting a better picture online than in reality. but i do try to focus on the positives. it’s every blogger’s prerogative. but this is what i prefer. i hope you guys don’t assume my life is perfect when i opt out of discussing my struggles with food, arguments with friends, frustrations at work, overall life worries… they’re there. but writing out the positives leads me to be more positive.
happy blog, happy life. ;)
on an old blog, i blogged “gratitudes.” a friend’s mom said she ended the day writing hers down. she said on the really hard days, you have to dig deep. she’s grateful to have this day on the planet, to have her 2 legs to stand on, her family in reasonable health. i think on most days, barring tragedies, there’s usually a good list of these. it makes me dwell much less on the trivial, and makes me slower to whine. not wanting a blog that dwells means that when i’m writing, i’m not dwelling either.
blogging has led to a lot of new food loves. blog reading, that is, which is what got me into blog writing in the first place. this can sometimes hinder my efforts with weight watchers (i’m looking at you, biscoff spread). but mostly, this involves interesting new veggies, grains, etc.
my entire blog life started with a google search that led me to kath eats’ oatmeal page. so kath eats was the first food blogger i read. and oatmeal was the first blog-fueled food obsession. i learned about quinoa, millet, and farroh. i learned about laughing cow. and i read about baked kale chips, which i hate, but which led to my sauteed kale obsession.
i also discovered lifestyle blogging. blog reading led me to elise + her awesome blog, and my current undertaking of project life, and love of paper source products. i’ve always read the shu box and dig her randomness and love of list making. i discovered living in yellow and recently story of my life, who are showing me that i really dig lifestyle blogging. that writing about the daily life stuff can be good enough, and plenty to fuel a blog. i don’t need a set in stone “focus” i don’t care about, and am good enough just as i am. since i’m always a work in progress, verbs + vignettes will be, too. and that’s awesome.
happy blog, happy life.