Someone asked me today while I blog... and once I got to thinking about it I realized that I wish I'd been blogging years longer.
Why do I blog? well, folks - without sounding mushy or gushy... (because I'm neither... really - you won't see THIS girl melting into a puddle when Mighty Joe Young rescues the toddler from the runaway ferris wheel - and don't believe anyone who tells you otherwise!) Crud, can't a girl have ONE pregnancy meltdown and not have to be called a crybaby for the next ten years?
anywho... without the gushiness - I blog for YOU - my loyal readers. I blog for your witty comments, I blog for your encouragement, I blog for your understanding... but most of all I blog for your entertainment... hoping thereby to glean just a tiny bit of glory out of my day. I've never claimed to be a "writer" - at least not in those terms... but I do like to put my little piece of wit, wisdom, or whining out there for the world to appreciate (or hate) because that's just how I am.
Let's rewind life about 20 years whilst I admit what a HUGE mega-geek I was in High School. Okay - I was actually a total closet geek because I actually had some pretty cool friends and I hid well the fact that inbetween school and work I would often turn on the computer and sign in to a BBS. See - only a true 80's geek will even KNOW what a BBS is! Basically it was the precursor to chat rooms (which I totally abhor... so why did I BBS? Let's call it peer pressure - family can be "peers" too right?)
I would check in with my "friends" Miss Scarlett, Cappy, and Brave Little Toaster - who knew me as Gidget (yes, the Girl Midget... shut it, I'm only 4'11'') and we would exchange witty repartee in a VERY basic way. I actually met some of these people once... and felt COMPLETELY out of place... like a Cheerleader at a Trek Convention... but as long as the screen names were in place, I was one of them.
that didn't last long - college, marriage, kids, etc... happened and my life was full - and crazy.
So nearly 20 years happened in between the BBS and my discovery of blogging. Don't get me wrong - I think I managed just fine "on my own" but there are times where I think blogging would have been a helpful outlet.
Take Kansas for instance.
Now - I know I have one wonderful Kansas yoga guru follower that might take issue with the fact that I hate that state. I still do, I can't help it. We lived there for two years... two years full of illness, marital discord, small children (some of whom were mine), working too many hours, a miscarriage, lack of friends, lack of money, and even me DREADING going to church - which has always been my save haven... I won't go into detail because I don't want this blog to become another Mighty Joe Young moment... but I hated it. Every. Single. Day. I have one or two people who I still love dearly that I'd love to see... except they live in Kansas and you couldn't get me back there for under a million bucks (okay, okay - $20,000 but that's as low as I go!).
I think if I'd had a blog - and been able to VENT my frustrations on someone other than the ManOfTheHouse... I think there might have been a little more peace and harmony in our home... or at least that's what I tell myself!
(with sincere apologies to ALL Kansas bloggers... I wish YOU had been my neighbor...)