Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Why I Blog

Let me begin by telling you why I haven't for the past week, in case anyone noticed. I am feast or famine when it comes to getting things done. Some days Brian comes home and there is no dinner, a sink full of dirty dishes, and no clean underwear. Other days, most of them, I hope, the house is tidy, a from scratch dinner is hot and waiting, and the blog is updated. Most people would say they've been so busy they haven't been able to post. I've been so not busy I haven't been able to post. Plus I've been a little daunted about all my ideas and how to share them, which is harder for me than writing about our goings on. Can I write about Christmas ideas without any for Thanksgiving? How many recipes are too many for a not food blog?
On to more productive things. Anna suggested I blog for months, but, indecisive and self-conscious as I am, I assumed I wouldn't be able to come up with anything valuable enough for you and I to spend our time on. Several factors changed my mind.
Eli and our far away family and friends. Besides calling my sister, I'm not much of a caller, so it's the perfect way to stay in touch with people and let them see Eli grow up.
Loneliness. Sad, huh? Sandy doesn't seem to be the most personable city and I felt I had tried hard enough with inviting people over and to do play dates that I gave up. (Don't worry, we're going to our first mommy/play group next week).I choose to connect with my loving family and existing friends. If Eli does something cute or I come across a fabulous recipe or money-saving tip, I want to share it. It is always my goal to come up with something good enough to get my sister to comment, so far its only happened twice.
Heart on my sleeve. For some reason, between my big mouth and animated facial expressions, most of my thoughts are no longer personal to me. Don't get me wrong, I'm not tactless, just easy to read and unreserved. I try to give the reader a little something extra, not just a recipe or what we did that day, but some background or thoughts.
Journal with immediate gratification. I don't have to slowly and laboriously dictate ideas and events onto a paper journal that will lay shut until I die when nosy children will thumb through it, I can reap the rewards and hear from others as I go. Especially appealing to me is that every year or so we can make a lovely blurb book with our picture-laden online journal. More importantly, Eli, and any other possible children, will have the highlights from their childhood complete with dates, photos, and their mom's sassy storytelling.

So, thanks for reading and commenting, so I know I'm not the only one here.


Anna said...

I'm glad you blog. And you can post as many recipes as you like :)

kim said...

I love your blog, Helena! It's a great way to stay connected. I'm a faithful reader.

Grandma Corrales said...

ditto! Grandpa and I are lovin' this format, Helena...the more recipes the better (and the same with pictures) keeps the entire family connected. We really appreciate the love you put into each article. You are a terrific writer and a wonderful daughter!

Cristina said...

Oh Helena, you don't need to validate your reason to blog. All you need to know is that you blog because you like to and as an added plus we all love to read what you have to say! =)

Grandpa said...

Helena - I enjoy your blog. It is enjoyable to follow what is going on in your lives. Hearing what Eli is up to is my favorite stuff. He is such a joy to us. I check your blog often, but do not comment as often as I in hindsight would like to have. You are a good wife to my son and a good mother to my grandson. Your blog is a blessing as it allows us to keep in touch with those we love.
Frank (Dad and Grandpa)

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