WHY I BLOG AND WHAT IT MEANS TO ME

I’ve been thinking about this for a long time.

I’ve been blogging now in a really serious way for about two years.

I want to tell you what blogging has meant to me and what it has done for me.
More than anything else it is a community.  I never, ever imagined that there were so many people out there who liked the same kind of things and who were as design and color and detail oriented as I am. We really, truly speak the same language. 
I work at home, alone. Many of us do.  Through blogging I have come to feel part of
 a large community. I have made so many new and wonderful friends from all over the world. Occasionally I get to meet a new friend, in person, and I have yet to be disappointed. That moment of face to face meeting never fails to exceed my expectations. These are women to whom I feel a very deep connection.

 I know other bloggers out there who are reading this feel just the same way. We read and comment on each other’s blogs. Then we may take it a step further: we begin a dialogue through email. We become friends. 

 Along the way we discover we have this shared passion.

I have blogger friends who have helped me in so many ways; I would love to name each and every one of you but the list would be too long.  My “blogroll” over there on the right contains some of my new friends’ names and blogs. That list is dynamic: I’m always adding more as I make new friends and discover blogs that teach me, that inspire me and that connect me to the blog community and beyond.

What is it that happens when you blog? How is a post created you may wonder. From where do we all get our inspiration? It’s different for everyone, naturally. I am always on the lookout for new “whatevers”: products, ideas, people, ways of using color, details of any kind, something quirky and unusual. I read other blogs voraciously, I follow links right and left, I use Evernote, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter, and I have Google alerts coming into my email. I am fascinated by it all.

How do I narrow it all down and decide what to talk/blog about? I have certain subjects I love to show and talk about: flowers and gardening are an all time favorite as are my house, travel, and new products, to name a few. Sometimes I will have a marathon post-writing-day and do maybe three or four posts. It all takes time:  the research, looking up the links for visuals, and putting it all together. But there are also other weeks where it’s tough going and nothing seems right; when there is no new news (or so it seems), or I am busy or I am tired.

But the most important part of blogging is the connection.
 For all of you reading this who are bloggers: you know just what I mean. And for all others I simply want to say: blogging is the best use of my time that I can think of!

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  1. Well I am awfully glad you explained it all to me as I sometimes wonder why I do it. There is no question that the community of friends one builds is worth every word we print. On the other hand, the "obligation" to blog when I don't feel like it is what gets me. But then I think, my audience is waiting! and the blog goes on…

  2. I want to thank you Libby for doing this. You are a fine model. It is hard but it is interesting this virtual journey.

  3. Libby, great post and you are so right about the connections, that was a complete suprise and delight to me. I have had so many connections that I call precious!! In fact next week I have two blogging friends staying with me for 5 days of fun. One I have met in person and the other I have communicated with for almost 3 years and have never met in person. WE are all beyond excited. I have loved my

  4. Bonjour Libby,
    Great post, you are so right, the community is wonderful. I too was so surprised when I first started about 2 years ago.
    I love all you do to bring us all your news and interesting posts!
    Safe travels this month!
    Mimi

  5. I couldn't have said it better! Blogging has done the exact same thing for me. Feeling connected to a community of like minded, supportive people has been a pleasant surprise.
    Have a fabulous trip and I look forward to your posts.

  6. Thank you for your comment Libby and you have said it so well! Hope all is well in your world and maybe we will meet up again one day. Much love XO

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