Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Weirdness of Blogs

My husband looked at my blog the first time last night.  As he was reading the "Productive Day" entry, he got this odd look on his face.

"It's weird that people like this - the little details of someone's life."  I think that was his nice way of saying that my blog is boring.

Clearly, he hasn't explored many blogs - I, personally, love to read to the minutiae of other people's farms and lives.  But it got me to thinking about blogging as phenomenon.  On one hand, it is precious to me to "meet" other people who share their lives with farm animals and work to be more self-sufficient, but at the same time, it's amazing to think about  talking to people so instantly from all over the world - and to people who don't always comment but stop in to visit through reading.  

My first foray into talking across oceans to a stranger was a pen pal I had from New Zealand when I was 17.  We're still in touch, actually, but it isn't letters anymore - it's email and Facebook.  I actually did meet her several years after we'd started writing when she came to visit when I was newly married.  Although I kind of miss letters, I adore my email, I must say.  And I enjoy comments on my blog very much, too!

Thanks to everyone who stops by and for those of you who take the time to leave a comment, too!


Ruth @ Hope, Joy and Faith Farm said...

I have found a whole new world through blogging. I have "met" people who share my interests and understand my thoughts. I am grateful actually that my husband doesn't read my blog, as the times that I have "complained" about him would probably irritate him a bit. I enjoy reading about other peoples lives and I learn a lot. Thanks for sharing your life with me!

NancyDe said...

I know what you mean about a whole new world. It is a little daunting to start sharing, but then you meet great people - like you!

Rae said...

My guy says a lot of the same regarding why someone would want to read about what other people are up to. The way I see it, it's a bit like catching up with coworkers on a Monday, talking about what you did over the weekend. In addition to that, I get to read about different ways to grow things, raise animals, etc, and network with folks that have interests similar to mine. Good stuff!

Renee's Reality said...

I agree with Ruth and Rae. I LOVE reading blogs and commenting back and forth on what's going on in our lives. I feel like I am building some great friendships :)
Reading the blogs about homesteading give me great ideas and motivation. I appreciate you sharing your life with us.

Chai Chai said...

I have learned so much about animals and homesteading from blogs, I'm not sure we could have made this place run without them.

Last Christmas the Commander had all the blog posts made into a book and gave it to me as a gift, I loved it. It was like getting a pictorial history of the last year, just wonderful.

NancyDe said...

Renee, I agree with you there about building relationships.

Chai Chai, that sounds like a nice gift.