Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Why Did You Start Blogging?

I've been blogging now for almost a year and a half. I started blogging when Brandie suggested it. I used to be part of a parenting message board and Brandie thought it would be fun if we all started journals to share a glimpse of our lives with each other.

So, a handful of us did just that.

A few of us developed an addiction to blogs and blogging.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. How'd you get started? How long have you been blogging? You know me. I'm curious and can't stop asking questions.


Blogger Eyes said...

I started blogging because I have always been different and I finally wanted to understand why. I think I figured it out and I am thrilled. Now I have to figure out to do with my new found knowledge :)

5:24 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

One day I came across an entry about Blogger in a newletter. I'm not sure if I had ever read any blogs before, but I had heard of them, and I like to be a part of what's going down on the information highway.

6:21 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I started blogging because I could not keep up with the E-mail.
A simpler way to tell the story
But I do miss the full in-box!

8:54 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

I started in December of 2002 after my friend Ron shared his blog with me. Now I don't remember what it was like before blogging.

3:23 AM  
Blogger Wash Lady said...

I've told you my story before so you know I'm not making this up to ingratiate myself with you.
I was inspired by YOUR blog and felt it a valid and appropriate way to unload some of my own baggage. I figured it would and could be a way for me to record my feelings, thoughts, and opinions so I didn't have to hold them all in. At first my blog title was "Just Let It Go" because I was venting. In bed one evening, I was reading a public tv magazine and came across the show of Life's Laundry and had an 'ah hah' moment.
I started in December of 2004 and it has been very beneficial to me. Perhaps the most beneficial is the friends that I have met through readership and thru meeting new blogs.
And just think - I have you to thank for initiating me :)

3:28 AM  
Blogger Marykay said...

Yep, it's because of you :) You were happily blogging away and I thought it would be a fun outlet for writing - not nearly as much editing in a blog as an article! (sheer laziness, I tell ya). THANK YOU!

3:49 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

My husband started blogging first and it was when I was out of the country for 2 weeks. It was so fun to come home and read what had happened while I was gone. That got me started on reading other blogs and eventually I knew I had to have one because 1)Often times there were sites I felt compelled to comment on but was not welcome because my opinion was different and so I needed a place to post my opinion and 2)I've always kept a journal and now I feel like Dear Diary is an actual person or people who I can interact with. I love writing and this is the best way to do it these days.

5:51 AM  
Blogger Cuppa said...

Anvilcloud got me started. After my first few tentative steps into blogdom I took off running and absolutely love it.
I love hitting the "publish button" instead of just "post button" or some other word. There is something about the word "publish" that is music to my ears.

6:15 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

I'm a journaler at heart but had long lost the discipline of keeping a daily hard journal. I think I first tried to keep an online journal at DiaryLand, but then somehow discovered LifeWithChrist and started my first blog over there. I immediately enjoyed the comments and being able to discuss issues and share everyday stuff with likeminded people.
I began blogging in November 2003.

6:35 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

Same as you...I owe it all to Brandie!

6:39 AM  
Blogger Brandie said...

I read an article somewhere about moms who kept journals for a week and then exchanged them to learn about how other moms/families work. At the same time, AOL started advertising their blogs and so I presented it to the moms board that we keep journals and share with each other!
But, you already knew that ;-)

6:51 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Like you, I owe it all to Brandie. :)

And now, not only do I have my own blog, I have blogs for Alison (medical journal and a non-medical special event blog) to help keep family and friends up to date on how she's doing.

7:24 AM  
Blogger Deanna said...

It was in one of the J months of last year that I started... because my friend told me about it. And that was it... I was another follower on the "stories of our lives" trail.... I just hope now I don't lose all those thoughts!

8:35 AM  
Blogger Lizanne said...

A friend I respect greatly posts the coolest stuff on his blogs and encouraged me to start. I stink at journalling but LOVE to dialogue with others so.... here I am. Just started in Dec. and haven't quite gotten the hang of it all yet.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Square1 said...

I got started a few years ago, keeping a journal that I shared with a few select friends. I got addicted to template tweaking and design. It was when I started breaking out of my mold and cruising other blogs that I really got interested. In particular Chuck at What's up Chuck was an inspiration. I originally started my blog as a means of tracking the nature of my intimate realtionship with hubby... but it seems to have evolved and developed a mind of it's own, and that's fine with me too.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Angi said...

I don't remember how I found out about blogs, but I remember why I started. My husband and I were going through a very rough patch, and I needed to vent and cry and whine. I was too worried about a written journal my kids could find, so I started an online one. Now, I don't know how I managed before blogging!

9:10 AM  
Blogger seeker of truth said...

I have always enjoyed journaling and then I combined journaling with scripture and my world has not been the same..I blog because I feel as though somedays I will burst if I don't share...but sometimes when I share I feel freakish and foolish... all I know good things but THIS is safer and my heart gets to just let it all go!!

9:49 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

My blog has been around since July. I started much earlier reading other people's blogs and never dreamed of having my own. Then one hot summer night my oldest son 'instant messaged' me and told me to check out the blog he had just started. I was impressed, and followed the links to start my own.

Everyday I am in total shock that somebody actually reads it.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I started blogging in July because I enjoyed reading them so much. yours was one of the first I found. I love to write. And I have a slow job that provides blog reading time, though I now do my writing in the evening. Trying not to get dooced.

Seattle Rebecca (since there's two)

1:52 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Been blogging for not quite three months. The whys are here.

4:09 PM  
Blogger ilovecheese said...

Hi Mel, I started blogging thanks to YOU! One of my friends asked me to look at photos on his blogsite and then I started looking at random blogs..and I came across your blog!
It was a blog that was really so well written and emphatic - one about feelings and loneliness that I had to comment..I kinda felt the way you did..and to comment I had to be a blogger member and thats how I started to blog!And now its so addictive..I wait to see what Mel's written today!

7:17 AM  
Blogger cackmandu said...

I started in January of this year and have been hooked since. I had read about hopw blogs were the "in" thing and wanted to be part of the "in crowd".

My blog isn't as zany as most but it's the real me. No agendas, no nothing. Boy can I sell my blog or what? I have a slow job as well as Seattle Rebecca so I read and blog. I enjoy it and what an outlet.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I started blogging because I was preparing for a trip to Africa and knew I wanted to journal about it because it would be a trip like none I'd taken before. I wanted a place to collect my thoughts, and it seemed like a good time to make the jump from paper to cyberspace. Now I'm hooked!

6:47 PM  

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