Monday, May 11, 2009

why blog?

My last post had not one comment. Now I don't get a lot of comments on my little blog and that is fine, but no posts at all left me feeling somewhat low and this led me to wonder why my self esteem would take a blow from such a small thing. I had had the most marvellous day walking in the mountains with a friend and our small people, yet I could come home and check my computer and suddenly feel alone.

I had to ask myself why I blog (amongst other questions). I am sure we all have lots of reasons for this little habit - mine are simple. It is a fun way to keep a record of our lives and what small achievements are made and I feel part of a community. Blogging is being part of a culture of women who are creative and inspiring, because, while all of my close friends are creative and inspiring none knit or have the need to make things as I do. And, of course, we all want to be appreciated and noticed in some way don't we?

So expect me to me visiting a few more blogs I like and making sure I do my bit in spreading the love and appreciation.

I could also write a whole post on my ambivalent feelings about mother's day but I won't. I will, however, tell you I did make it a day. I informed the pirate he had to let me kiss him as much as I needed to because it was my day - he reluctantly obliged. I dragged him even more reluctantly to the hills with the promise of a cave (of sorts) at the end. He walked the most he ever has in one day and I am proud of him. Here is a little taster of what we saw.

Rock art - between 800 and 10,000 years old.
Rock art at Yankee Hat

Magic mountains

Soooo many roos.

and my favourite - wrinkles on a Eucalypt's branch join. Love it.

The pirate made it all the way back to the start distracted with a search for bigger and better bones. Here is his stash.

I think Harry Potter looks afraid.


twitchy fingers said...

I know that feeling! And I too have been asking why I blog. I don't know the answer, but I know that if everyone is like me then you have lots of readers who often get time to just read - and not much time to comment... Doesn't mean we don't love you!

Anonymous said...

It's a feeling we all get. But we do read your blog, and I'm still trying to catch up on posts I missed.

Anyway, we're here!

And Lovely photos. HP really does look mildly terrified, doesn't he?

Sarah said...

Ah it's a funny thing blogging isn't it? I think it has to be for you first and foremost but I suspect I would blog much less frequently if there weren't any comments - the connections are very important.

Please keep on - you write a lovely blog - your mountain photos are fabulous, great to see some Aussie countryside and I love your tins of treasure now I've seen them.

Bells said...

It's a question I have to ask myself from to time. Keeps me focused. When I feel like I don't know the answer, I take a break for a few days.

I love to comment and do it a lot but somedays when I'm faced with 60+ unread posts, I comment less.

I think unlimited kisses is about the best thing I've read in all the mother's day posts. I just love it. And your lovely boy has such kissable cheeks, I reckon!

dr k said...

you know, i admired your tins last time but couldnt think of anything clever to say! i do always enjoy your posts tho, i hope they keep coming. fantastic rock art!

Leonie said...

you blog because you get something from it. The comments are validation of you and your thoughts. It's nice to have other's appreciate you, we all love to be appreciated.

Bec said...

agree (100) with what everyone else has said. A while back I made an effort to comment on every single blog post I read - will have to try and re-instate that.
Have you ever taken the pirate to Wombeyan caves?? It's amazing - well worth it for little people!

Rose Red said...

Love the wrinkled tree and look at all those roos!

I'd feel the same if I didn't get any comments on a post, so don't feel alone there! I try to assume that everyone is too busy to comment (rather than me being boring!!) Heh!

Anonymous said...

It's an interesting question, and one that I also ask myself now and again. For me, writing my blog is only part of what I think of as the process of blogging, which includes reading (and commenting!) on other's blogs. What it gives me is a feeling of interconnectedness with others who share my interests, all over the world. I love that sense of community with other creative (mostly) women.

But, as Bells said, I sometimes go too far in my enthusiasm, and if I miss a few days or a week, I can be faced with over 100 unread posts. At that point I tend to just run away from my computer!

Michelle said...

Aw, I'm sorry I didn't comment. Normally I do - just been a bit too busy with the domestic goddess duties ;-) And of course with a BUTTON post, I would have for sure anyway!

It's good to look into the reasons for blogging every now and then. It took me 6 months of thinking about it to work out, but I blog because it makes me more motivated to start, finish and show off. And it also holds me accountable fo how much time I can waste in a day.

Hope you're having a great week!