Monday, May 4, 2009

Why I Blog

In the year 2000, I read an article about a journalist who had taken to the internet and had created a web log....then shortened to 'blog'.

And I, being the joiner that I am, was intrigued.

I set myself up on the internet and became an official blogger in May of 2000.

I have always been a journal-er, a diary keeper, a writer downer of all things important to me...for as far back as I can remember.  So blogging was a natural thing to do.

My blog back then was about my life as a stay at home mom with 3 boys, one church worker husband and 2 pet guinea pigs.  

My life is much the same as now, though the guinea pigs have (thankfully) passed on to wherever guinea pigs pass onto and instead, we now have two cats.  I still have 3 sons, though one is away at college.  And, most importantly, I still have one church worker husband.


We spent 3 months (well, actually it was 11 weeks and 5 days, so not quite 3 months) in Italy that year, pulling our boys out of school, buying a car over there (a really cute Peugeot, which we totally smashed up), and driving from one end to the other in a country that felt more at home to us than anywhere else we have ever lived or visited.

And I blogged the whole. entire. journey.

Back then I didn't tell anyone I had become a blogger, so many of those journals were cut and pasted into bulk emails that we sent home to a group of people who honestly believed that we were crazy.

And we much so that we did it again 2 years later.  And I not only blogged that whole.  entire.  trip....but I filmed it, too.  


But back to blogging.  The original server I was using back then was fine...not glamorous in anyway, but it did the job.  It held my thoughts and hopes and prayers and dreams and memories.

And one morning, 4 YEARS (yes, YEARS) into my blog, I sat down at my computer, clicked on my blog and it was gone.


I cried.  I wailed.  (yes, WAILED) I called Michael at work.  I called the 800 number and waited 4 hours (yes, 4 hours) on hold only to have them tell me that they were sorry.  The server crashed.  And did you back it up?

Back it up? would've taken up too much (if not all) of my hard drive.   It was gone.

So I stopped blogging.

And then I realized that I blog for me.  That I missed it.  That whether or not it's backed up or not...that I blog because it is something I like doing.   So I started again.  

And here we are.

And yes, my blog is 'kinda' backed up.  Kinda.  Meaning, some of it but not all of it.   And that's OK.


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