Monday, April 7, 2008

blogging answers

Thank you to everyone for your questions and helping me celebrate my one year blogging anniversary. It will take me a few posts to answer all the questions, but I will do my best to get through them this week.

There were 23 of you who asked at least one question. I am disqualifying one - my brother (sorry, bro!), therefore 22 names went into the hat. And the name drawn was Amber @ Crazy Bloggin' Canuck. Congratulations Amber. I will email you today and get your prize out to you this week. And I will start with your question.

How did you choose your blog's name? My very first post explains my love for the sun and how I've always equated the sun with God. It also answers this question in more detail than I'm giving here. Shorter answer; from the first time I heard the John Denver song, Sunshine on my Shoulders, I felt a connection with the words. In a way, I took on this song as my personal anthem. So when I started this blog, it seemed like a natural name for it. Added note; I want this song played at my funeral.

Just Mom asked: Why do you blog? I've always said that I blog for two reasons. One, to allow myself a place and opportunity to voice all the thoughts that ramble around in my head and to record interesting things I come across. Two, by doing the first, I'm hoping that the generations that follow me will be able to read my words (I plan to publish it on a yearly basis) and know who I was and what life was like for our family.

Those are the main reasons. But I have come to enjoy the friendships I've made and therefore have found another reason to blog and comment others, and that is to grow and nurture those friendships, as well as make new friends.

Heidi Jo asked: Do you ever question whether or not blogging is a 'good' thing? Yes, I do. I can see where one can get addicted to it and I don't think addiction to anything is good. As in everything, balance is key.

I think for moms with young kids it can be a double edged sword. I think it's a great thing because they can record their everyday life for future reference and enjoyment. How I wish I had the opportunity to blog when my kids were young. I would have taken more of those random shots and included them with a short bit of how my kid flushed a toy down the toilet or drew a pretty picture on the wall. Last July I wrote a post that explains exactly how I feel on this topic.

I would encourage any mother to have a blog for this reason. But if a mom doesn't set limits, she could spend too much time on the computer and then the kids, family, and home suffers. Obviously, that's not good. I've admired moms who have openly said that the blogging was taking over and they needed to pull back.

I also think blogging is a good thing because it give readers the opportunity to learn about, and from, fellow bloggers. The more we understand or can see things from a different perspective, the more compassionate and understanding we are of people in general. How can that be anything but a good thing.

more answers to come....


Just Mom said...

Happy Blogoversary!

Amber said...

WHAAAAAT? I won? I never win anything. Oh, the honor. :-) And such great answers to your questions!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Amber!! Great answers, Wow you have a lot to answer:)Have a great Monday:)

Pen of Jen said...

Well I think that I love posts like this most. I get a peek into what you think, by questions from the average me...

You are always a delight to visit and I look to the next year with you!

Momma Roar said...

People get addicted to blogging???? HUH???? ;-)

Happy Blogoversary!

Heather said...

Wonderful answers!

I'm with ya on the addiction to anything is bad. And I am glad that I have a baby who reminds me when I need to pay attention to her, so she helps me keep blogging in moderation!

Penless Thoughts said...

Oh this is such fun to read the answers to the questions posed to you. Happy Blogoversary!!!! And many more, my friend.


grace said...

Happy blog anniversary. Sorry I was late for the giveaway but here's to another year of blogging!

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Happy Blogoversary!

I enjoyed your answers and agree. I love having my blog to record moments, but have had times I have had to back off, especially from reading blogs. That can get addicting. When I find myself "running to the basement" any free moment...I know I need some time away ;)

Can't wait to read more.

Melissa said...

I suppose I should congratulate Amber... sigh... :)
Can't wait to read more answers to the questions asked!

Steve said...


Now I know for sure that you like Karen more than me! Where in the rule book did it say family was disqualified? Can I see the rule book? The youngest sibling never gets a break.

I'm telling mom!

MammyT said...

Good questions. Good answers. When you talk of posterity, it makes me think I should probably address some deeper things than I usually do. I've never been a faithful journal-er, though I've tried. I know I have thoughts and principles and life skills I want to share with others and with my offspring. I'm going to think about blogging some of the more important things.

Barb said...

I enjoyed reading the questions and, of course, your answers. I'll be looking forward to reading the rest of them.

You would certainly have had a lot to blog about as your kids (and animals) were growing up.

It's neat that you do a give-a-way.

Huckdoll said...

Great answers, Diana! Of course, I'm one of those moms that had to pull back...I bet you there are so many others out there, but they haven't realized it just yet.

Happy 100th!