I came across THIS article recently. It got me thinking a bit about blogging and why *I* do it.
I have another blog, one that I started when my older son was about 6 weeks old, that is a doting, dripping-with-pictures baby blog. Some comment that I am an incredibly prolific blogger. I blog about 3 times a week on that site, depending on what is going on from day to day. I cherish that blog. It is a record of my little family which I love more than anything else. Many family members read it almost daily. It is a way for grandparents in other states to remain up to date on the boys. I'm not sure I quite fit into the genre of the blogs mentioned in the linked article, but on my other blog, I have written about everything from explosive baby poop (my youngest was famous for it) to mourning the fact that the economy tanked thus forcing me to quit my job. I had to quit my job simply because there was no work for me to do and the people I worked for were too nice to formally let me go (or rather, I had a skill that was in demand even if they weren't currently using it, and as a part-time employee getting no benefits, I wasn't costing them any money). Quitting my job was very seriously the hardest thing I have ever had to do. It felt like I was walking off a cliff. I've been a dedicated stay-at-home-mom for almost two years now. I now have two children and they keep me busy enough that most days I don't spend much time thinking about the job I don't have anymore or the life I used to lead.
Sometimes, though, I very much miss adult interaction during my days. I miss feeling important. I miss being an expert (I was an early-adopter of a building-information-modeling software - a skill that is still very sought after). I often wonder if I'll ever be able to rejoin the architecture profession and how does one re-enter a field that is very technical that they've been out of for an increasing number of years? Sometimes I think about how I might possibly reinvent myself when my kids are in school and I need something to do. I don't see myself as a future PTA president or the mom who plans parties in her son's classroom. Maybe I will evolve in the latter, definitely never the former. Who knows? The thing I do know is that I like feeling like I am a part of a community. I like feeling like I add value and can make important contributions. I have also discovered that I like to write!
So, I started this blog as a way to post the little things in my day-to-day life that feel like triumphs (even if they involve sparkly hearts and recipes - the general thought of which sometimes makes me shudder since I like to think of myself as at least half-way progressive). I also wanted to keep appreciating and noticing architecture, now that I am not immersed in the creation of it every day. I am still working on the focus and direction of this little blog.
If there's anything you would like to see more of (or less of), do please let me know.