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2 years later and I am still blogging.

March 10, 2004, I started blogging. Chris was away for the week attending his grandfather's funeral and I took advantage of TypePad's 30 day trial to check it out.

In the last two years I have posted: 356 posts, and received 735 comments and average about 47 page views per day.

This post is still by far my most popular post I have ever written. It has taken on a life of its own. The Internet is weird place.  As yesterday it had 300 comments. who knew?

This is what I wrote on my first post, 03-10-2004 at 06:08 PM

I am. Well maybe. Some of my friends have been bloging; at first I really resented it. I was wrong. I was looking at it in a self-centered way. I realize now that I was becoming too passive in my Internet usage. I was turning into lurker when I used to be a poster. I was becoming increasingly dissatisfied with my forum of choice, TableTalk on Salon.com and its backup The Perfect World. My time there had turned into one big timesuck. I would read and read and not respond, I was doing the same to my friends on the email list, and to my family and old friends on regular email. I was fading away. The only other forum I participate in is Captain Comics Forums  at the Captain Comics webpage where I was somehow drafted into being a moderator. I love it there, but it isn’t the place for me to talk about my life as parent or a pastor’s wife. To muse about what I want to do with my life when I grow up or what I doing now, to think back and wax nostalgic about my highschool days (just kidding).

So I have decided to sign up for this blog on trial basis. I am making no commitment to write here forever, but I think I want to write at least once day for 30 days, and see where it takes me.

I think I have been less passive in my Internet usage since then. I hardly ever visit TableTalk anymore and although I am still dissatisfied with aspects of the Perfect World I have become more vocal there. Since I started this blog other friends and Family have started blogging, like Carmen and my mom and others have nearly stopped like Nate Bruinooge. The non-comics forums at Captain Comics have exploded in the last two years, so I do share a lot more of myself there than I did in the past. The one thing this blog has become is a place for me to record my experiences with my children as I learn who they are. I constantly get affirmation from my family for how the blog works to keep them connected to my girls. I do also get admiring reactions from church members who obviously think it takes a lot more talent to blog than it does.

It has been a learning process for me, I am constantly working on what I saw and how to say it. Occasionally I make the wrong judgment call and I have taken a line or even a post down after publishing because it wasn't appropriate or because it was unintentionally hurtful. Because of Chris's position as pastor I am constantly evaluating what I post so I don't give him more work than he already has by having to defend something that I have written. Self-censorship is a discipline, and sometimes no fun, but a necessity.

So I think I am going to stick with it.

thanks for reading and commenting.

Comments

Hoorah for Ana!

A Google search on "Chronic cryptic tonsillitis" puts you at #1. I imagine a lot of people who are looking for further info on a recent diagnosis are finding a lot of worth in what you and previous commenters have said. Heck, I think it's cool that I know the author of the top-rated Chronic cryptic tonsillitis article on the internet!

Hey, your blog attracted my interest when you mentioned about Puerto Rico. My husband Luis is from Puerto Rico. Looking forward to read more!

Keep it up, honey. It really keeps me connected to you and the girls and Chris. Not good English, but what the heck. Love you!

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