I started blogging quite some time ago with the idea that I might pick up my habit of journaling again, after something of a hiatus. It has turned out to be something a little different than I expected.
Blogging brought new friends into my life. I’ve written before about how much they mean to me. Some of them have become a webring and then a 501(c)3, and I’ll be meeting with some of them for the next few days in Atlanta, planning the Big Event to be held by RevGalBlogPals in 2008. It’s strange, but the ones I have not met in person yet are almost as real to me as the ones I have met. And the newer additions to the ring have also become friends, some very quickly, as it happens in "real" life.
Maintaining a blog has become a hobby and a commitment (and perhaps at times an obsession). I learned how to do it by wanting the things I saw on other people’s blogs and figuring out how to install them myself. This is why I tell new bloggers that they can learn this, too, for I am middle-aged and self-taught.
Most of all, blogging gets me writing more often and in more ways, and each type of writing feeds the others. It led to writing for the local paper, and that led to re-connecting with my childhood friend, Ruby, who is a blogger now herself! Sermon writing flows in a way it never did before because I am writing all the time. Some days I get home and MUST write before I can do anything else. It’s become clear that writing is my deep gladness; I hope it’s also true that it in some way meets the world’s deep needs. As I consider the next step of my life and ministry, more time for writing would appear to be a necessity.
Writing for the blog, even deciding which aspects of my life to disclose and which to cloak to some extent, makes me more conscious of who I really am, pushes me to be clear about what my life and my experiences are saying. It also points out what I don’t want others to know, usually the things I wish I did not know myself.
In honor of this post numbered 1000, I hope you’ll say hello, especially if you’re a lurker. We’re approaching the neighborhood of 9000 comments since I came over to Typepad, so there may well be a little souvenir of my trip for commenter #9000. Thank you for your feedback, your friendship, your love. May the next thousand posts prove as fruitful.