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February 9, 2010

On blogging

Filed under: Personal, Pregnancy — Tags: , , , , , — llcall @ 9:17 pm

I never thought that I would be a blogger.  I was a little slow coming to the internet in general.  Not that it existed in my most formative years, but still I resisted its place in my life for quite some time.  I remember the first time I heard the word blog was in early 2005.  I remember because I wrote about this discovery in an email to this really cool, starving artist-type guy I had recently met named Neal, and I confessed that I didn’t “get it.”  Why did people want to write meaningful, personal things and put them on the worldwide-web-internet-blogosphere for everyone to see?

It still surprises me how integral to my life blogs, both mine and others’, have become.  But it seems now like part of some grander scheme than I ever could have foreseen when I sort of stumbled upon creating this blog.  From a purely logistical standpoint, blogs have become one of my key channels to the outside world since I can’t get out much and Neal’s work schedule necessitates him having the phone most days (we just have the one).  But more importantly, blogging has become this critical part of my internal processing mechanism.  I have these million thoughts everyday because mind work is all I have energy for much of the time, and most of them should never see the light of day.  Is this blog-worthy? has become a useful question to help me sift through and determine those things better left unexplored.

But even more transcendent than those advantages is the relational aspect of it all.  Over the course of the last few months, as I’ve written  about so many personal things, I have been amazed by the comments I’ve received.  They have been affirming, inspired, loving, kind, everything that all our relationships ought to be all the time — but too often fall short.  I think about the fact that some people who read my blog and send timely thoughts are people that I haven’t seen for years, some that I may never cross paths with again.  And yet, they’ve strengthened and succored me through the bad and rejoiced with me over the good.

I’ve thought often about the first very personal post I ever wrote about my miscarriage and how long I wavered about whether to actually put it out there.  But then how swiftly I knew that I had made the right decision; that feeling heard and understood by other women would prove an integral part of my healing process.

All that is to say that it’s a humbling thing to realize just how many paths God will use to send help when we need it most.  And this path, this blogging thing, has surely been a godsend for me.

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3 Comments »

  1. Your blog is one of the few I really look forward to reading– precisely because it is so personal and meaningful. I really appreciate you taking the time and energy to blog about things that matter, and I hope that you will find the time to continue blogging even after the baby is born! 🙂

    Comment by Jenn — February 9, 2010 @ 11:58 pm

  2. I enjoy reading, too. …of course there is always the option of getting another cell phone. 😉 but of course we all know how much you love those.

    Comment by Audrey — February 10, 2010 @ 3:02 am

  3. Amen!

    Comment by Vickie Blanchard — February 13, 2010 @ 1:25 am


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