Passionate Blogging

This post is my contribution to the Green Moms Carnival, hosted by Karen at Best of Mother Earth.

I’ve been honest in sharing that I started this blog out of boredom.  It was at the end of a long winter in March 2008.  We had finished building our house and moved in during the previous fall, after two long years of working nights and weekends.  I had also just finished my MS degree and found myself with an inordinate amount of free time and cooped up in the house.  So, I started blogging.

I may have started blogging out of boredom, but I soon discovered that I love to blog.  I have a passion for it.  I always enjoyed reading and writing, contributing stories or poems to my school’s literary magazine.  I particularly liked to write satires and read the American classics.  In my undergraduate work, I was part of an honors program that was writing-intensive.  I fondly remember the semesters that I spent studying Puritan and Native American literature (in a course called “Religion and Sexuality: Male Spirit, Female Flesh”), and analyzing Greek and Roman works.  At the time I would have said my true passion was anatomy and physiology of the vertebrates, but I knew reading and writing were a close second.

When I graduated from college and started my career as an educator, I missed reading because I had little time to read for fun.  I later realized I missed writing as well.  In my second year teaching, I completed an evaluative portfolio and discovered that I really enjoyed the self-reflection process.  I was also thankful for the writing training I received in college and from my mom, a former editor. 

Over the past three years my blog has evolved to be a place where I can share my thoughts, photos, recipes, gardening and parenting stories.  I’ve found friendships with kindred spirits and branched out into writing for the Breastfeeding Diaries, the Green Phone Booth, and (coming soon!) the Natural Parents Network

I love that my blog has become a written record of my life.  When I think of how much I have enjoyed looking through my great-grandmother’s recipe journals, my mother’s photo albums, or a volume of my family’s history, I like to imagine that someday my children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren will feel the same joy through reading my blog. 

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  1. I am glad to hear that boredom has turned to passion for you.

  2. Abbie,

    I think your blogs will make a great family record; the contemporary woman’s “keepbook.” I would like to print off and bind my Quiet Country House blog, for the same reason, though I am on to a different season in my life and a new blog!

  3. Lovely post Abbie. I’ve wondered quite the opposite. Will our children say, “Oh, my mother was a blogger…” in the same vein that women used to host Tupperware or Bridge parties in the ’50s….blogging will be part of the Zeitgeist, and I wonder if our old blogs will need to be upgraded to be readable!

  4. I didn’t put much thought into starting my own blog, either, to be honest. But it’s been such a rewarding journey all the same! :)

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  6. I started blogging during a time of grief. It filled in some of the empty spaces. I was surprised when something so vast was much more tangible. I got hooked for sure!! To Lynn’s comment, we wrote about green burials a few months back and I actually have thought that my will might want to have all my passwords in it – to alert my blog following!! That thought actually boggles my mind!

  7. I absolutely agree that one of the best things about a personal blog is the record is leaves for your children and grandchildren. They will love it. I treasure my grandparents’ journals too. And, as I think I commented here once before, I just love your blog title. My husband says I romanticize farming. . . When I feel ready to start a garden, I know where to turn to.

  8. Thanks to blogs like yours, in 10,000 years, no one will ever hold a petrified keypad and wonder what life was like in 2011. Thank you for the wonderful moments that you serve up.

  9. Jennifer Hamilton

    Not only is there a record for your children and grandchildren, it offers open dialalogue with other moms around the world. How neat is that?

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