Saturday, March 29, 2008

saturday reflections

I'm tired and I'm sore. I feel old. Yesterday, Don and I traveled south to move Danielle into a new house. All we had to move was her bedroom stuff; bed, dresser, shelves, desk, tv, clothes, and various other miscellaneous items. We also had to put together a couple new items and clean her old room. Needless to say, when we left late last night, we were all exhausted. We were both up early this morning for different reasons and the tiredness has carried over into today. And we're thinking we're just too old to be moving furniture anymore. Here's what her room looked like when we left last night.

Karen, of Write From Karen, has an open mike, um... I mean, blog, the last Saturday of each month. She literally lets you sign in to her blog and write a post. I think that's so cool. So, I took her up on her offer and posted the following. Thank you Karen for such an opportunity.

There's a lot I like about blogging.

I enjoy writing. I have so many thoughts rolling around in my head so I enjoy the process of freeing them from their confines and putting them in a forum where other people will read them. I like it even more when I hear other people’s opinions on something I write. So I love comments.

I enjoy reading other blogs. I learn so much about life through other people and their personal experiences. I like exercising my voice by putting in my two cents, or lending what little support and encouragement I can through a simple comment.

I like having blogging friends. Those who visit my blog, and I visit theirs, on a regular basis. Even though I don’t know these people in person, I have got to know who they are, what their lives look like, their joys and their struggles. I’m a relational person and I enjoy the blogging relationships that have been formed.

But what I love about blogging is reading about amazing people – and there are a lot of them out there. A person’s blog is usually their personal voice. Everyone has a voice; a story to tell or a cause to promote. Many blogs are specifically designed to raise that voice. In other blogs, you can hear the blogger’s voice more in their regular posts. You can hear their challenges, passions, desires, and wounds through their everyday living. Either way, the blogging world affords me to meet (in a blogging sense) some awesome people and to hear their voices.

I came across one such voice just this morning. It’s the voice of a 12 year old young lady who has started blogging about the loss of her brother, who died from a heart defect after only a few weeks of living. Even though he lived for a short time, he had a great impact on Hailey, who is now performing random acts of kindness and paying it forward in his name. I think you will find her story inspiring. You can visit her blog

I know blogging takes time. Time to write, time to visit other blogs, and time to comment. But for me, the time is worth it because my life is changed by the voices of so many wonderful people.

I encourge you to visit Hailey at her blog. She truly is an amazing girl.

link of the day:
(thanks Spilt Milk)


carrie said...

and can I just add...that you are an awesome commenter! You are encouraging and complimentary and I love hearing your 2 cents on my posts!

Barb said...

I bet you and Don are tired. I got an email from Dani today with her new address.

You will soon have Jake to move! Or will he do that all on his own?

Heather said...

I remember those days of moving - it seemed like SO much stuff. Then I look at what we have now, which has tripled in the last year because of the addition of one SMALL person!

And I love blogging for all those reasons too! It's my "down" time now, to read blogs and leave comments. The only real books that I pick up to read are my Bible and Bible study book! And I don't let myself blog until those are read! Otherwise, I would totally skip over it!

Have a blessed day!

Penless Thoughts said...

Great post and I agree so much with your feelings. I truly count many of your "friends" of which you are certainly one, Diana.

Maureen said...

Wow, well said! I agree wholeheartedly with your views on blogging... I see your comments on so many blogs, I knew I had to come visit yours.

Well done. I am off to read more of your "voice".

Anonymous said...

You my friend are awesome!! Love your writings:)Hope you get the rest you need and deserve, God Bless your giving heart:)

MightyMom said...

I love comments too. "a relational person" I've never heard that before...but it fits!

Lori said...

Great post. I sure have enjoyed getting to know you Diana.
Sorry I haven't been around much lately. I miss you.
It's all still a balancing act with me going back to work right. When I'm at home here I'm spending time with the kids, catching up on housework, and resting.

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Oh I love this information about blogging! I so agree with what you said - I feel the same way! You wrote it so well.