I Am A Blogger

I've been thinking about writing this post, or one like it, for a while now. Then, Heather wrote this post, and I accused her of reaching into my head and taking my idea away, so now I'm copying her. I kid. It goes sort of goes along with her post, but I'm taking a slightly different direction with it. Heather, I hope you don't mind me sort of copying you. (Even though you really did reach into my head and take it away. Love ya!)

I remember the first time I heard the word blog. It was on a TV show, and I thought, what the heck is a blog? Rather than get up and walk all the way to my computer room where my ancient desktop was located, I just shrugged it off and stayed on the couch. (I can be lazy, ya know.)

Not long after that, I started listening to some tech podcasts, and of course most of them have blogs, so I found out, that a blog is a place where you write. Oh. Interesting, I thought, but I still really didn't get it.

You see, I'm a math major. There are two reasons why people are math majors. First, we had no clue when we became math majors that we would still have to write papers. Long papers. I've written math papers that could put word problems to shame. Second, we love science, but hate labs. (See lazy.) It isn't that I didn't like to write. I love to write. I've written tons of things, but I never felt that I was any good at it. I know I have great ideas. Clear beginnings. Fantastic endings. But I always felt like I lacked the talent to fill in the details.

Jessie was the one who put the idea into my head to start a blog. So, one night, after a few beers, I made that terrible hike of 15 feet to the computer room, sat down at the computer, and logged onto blogger. And I created a blog. And I sucked at it.

I had a few okay posts in the beginning, but I just didn't stick with it. I couldn't come up with things to write about, and I felt like the quality of my writing just didn't deserve to be published for the whole World Wide Web to see. So, from May of 2008 through December of 2008 I had 7 posts. Go me.

Then one evening in January, I was watching TV with my laptop in front of me. I hadn't thought about my blog in months. I had decided that it was just one of those things that I started, but never finished. (Yeah, sometimes I'm bad about that.) That night, I happened upon Christy on Twitter. Over the next few days, Christy encouraged me to start my blog again. I did, and I finally got what it meant to blog. Things to write about just started popping into my head. Some are pretty good, some aren't. But what I found that's so very important and exciting to me is that I've found just how much I love to write. I love sharing with you all the crazy things that my animals do, or the weird bathroom incidents that I encounter. I love that I can come here when I'm hurting and pour my feelings out. I love that, for the most part, you all seem to enjoy reading what I have to say. The people I have met because of this blog are amazing, wonderful, and inspiring to me, and you really do my heart good!

Very few people here at home (you won't ever hear me say "in real life") know about this blog. It isn't that I don't want people to know that I'm a blogger, it's just that they may not get it. I mean, really, you should see some of the looks I get when I wear my "Born To Blog" shirt. (And it has nothing to do with the fact that "Born To" is written right across my chest, I'm sure!) But I'm finding that I'm sharing the fact that I blog with more and more people. I'm proud of the things I write about. If they come here and don't like what they see, they'll move along, and that's fine. But maybe if they don't like what they see here, they'll happen upon one of YOUR blogs and like what they see there, and that would make me very happy.

So, now, when someone asks me what do I do for fun, one of the first things I say with a smile on my face is, "I am a blogger." Wonder if my math professors would be proud? ;o)

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9 comments:

livinginagirlsworld said...

What a great post. I still don't necessarily broadcast my blog, but that's partly because I'm weird. I can be vulnerable and honest out there to the "masses" (ha!) that read the blog, but I don't necessarily want everyone knowing me that closely. I'm a little guarded with face-to-face relationships. But then again, anyone I've told about it hasn't shown interest in actually wanting the address to go and read.

Heather of the EO said...

I love this blogging thing for the same reasons.

And the "born to blog" t-shirt, oh how I know! :) People really don't get it, and that's OK. You hookers get it, and that's what I love.

Bacardi Mama said...

I for one love what you write. I'm so happy we met in the blogging world. When I stop and think about it, I am amazed at all the wonderful people I have met in the last nine months through blogging. I still suck at it, but I love it.

Mommy Mo said...

I love the world of blogging and I love you, you skanker ho : ).

I just wish I had more TIME for it.

Heather D said...

Yeah, I'm kinda a closet blogger too.
Your blog? Is awesome.
That is all, hooker.

Erin said...

I love your reason for becoming a math major, because my reason for majoring in English was to avoid taking math. AND THEN I STILL HAD TO TAKE MATH AND SCIENCE COURSES. I'm still angry about it.

Susan Berlien (warmchocmilk) said...

Such an honest post. I am getting hooked on blogging too! Thanks for visiting mine. Are you getting ready for You Capture?? Got something red??

Tiffany said...

Being secretive about your blog isn't necessarily a bad thing. My mom and grandparents read mine, so sometimes I have to sensor what I write. I certainly keep the language clean for them and probably don't bitch about them as much as I could. I do love the my husband doesn't read it though, so I can still complain about him if I want to! :)

Brooke said...

my husband is the only person that i know "here at home" read my blog - and he doesn't even do it often.

and i agree - you guys are "in real life" because you've made a tangible difference in my life (on that note - i got measured today. in the past 3 months i've lost 1 1/4 inch IN EACH LEG!)

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