When I first started blogging in January of 2006, I had one purpose and one purpose only: to write. I had two toddler babies and lots of rapidly decreasing brain cells and I wanted a place to put my thoughts and know they wouldn’t go anywhere. Not just any thoughts. Not a grocery list or a diary or a commentary of the weather or the days events. Thoughts that meant something. Thoughts that had value, order and some redemptive quality.
So I wrote. I had been writing privately all of my life, but after I had babies, my writing slowed significantly. When I heard about people writing on blogs, my interest was perked and this new writing challenge was intriguing. I came up with a title and was ready to go. My first post was published on January 26, 2006 and I had no idea what I was doing. I posted twice in February, once in March and April and twice in June. Six months into it, I had seven blog posts. It wasn’t until June of 2007 that I began to get into a groove of writing on a regular basis.
Over the years (years!), this space has taken different feels and forms. A purpose has begun to bloom beneath the stories and snapshots of everyday life. I take great care thinking about how much to share, how to say the much in as little as possible, and most importantly, how to create soul space for you without it being all about me. I believe it’s important to know why we do what we do.
My dad just wrote a post about his bloggy purpose. He didn’t necessarily start out with the same purpose he has now, but he says “do it regularly, keep at it, mess up, refine refine refine, repeat, and maybe after awhile you become one with it and you’re making music and not just playing notes.”
There are a series of questions Nester and I shared at She Speaks that have helped us define and refine the purpose of our blogs and I’d like to share those with you tomorrow. But first tell me: Why do you do what you do? Do you have a blog for a reason you can articulate? Can you describe your bloggy purpose in one sentence?