September Goal Wrap-Up

I did decently well at accomplishing my goals. They were a bit of a stretch, as I’d like them to continue to be, so I won’t beat myself up for what I didn’t complete.

1. Blog at least four times a week.

I’ve blogged every day this month except for three days which is really quite amazing now that work has really ramped up again and I’m having to pay much more attention to Squirms now that she’s crawling.

2. Go on two photo walks.

I only really went on one and it wasn’t that planned. We went into DC to go to the Turkish Festival and, like always, brought a camera with us, just in case. We wound up taking a 3 or so mile walk to see the monuments. I’ve got a bunch of photos between the ones I took on my phone and the ones Matt took using his camera that I still need to go through. It’s still September so maybe I’ll take¬† Squirms for a little photo walk around the neighborhood while Matt’s making dinner.

3. Spend an hour a week commenting on others’ blogs.

I was great the first two or so weeks of the month then my commenting (and blog reading) fell to the wayside as life got busier. I chose to use my free time to read or knit rather than comment on blogs. Hoping next month to get back to it by setting aside some time on weekends.

4. Decide on whether to start a Facebook page for this blog. If so, start one and tell friends and family about it.

I already talked about the page I set up and asked you all and some friends/family to go like it. I’m at 17 likes at last count – no mega following or anything but, hey, everyone starts somewhere.

Questioning the Blog

Why am I here? Not in a philosophical “what’s the meaning of life” sort of way, but why am I blogging? I’ve got a million other hobbies (and, honestly, worries) to keep occupied, places to record my thoughts, ways to keep friends and family informed. Why here? Why public? Why now?

I answered a bit of this in my first post here but thought, perhaps, I’d expand a little. Plus, my mind is basically mush this morning (Squirms was up from 1:30 to 2:30 with teething pain) so I have nothing more entertaining or enlightening to talk about this morning. The questions are swiped directly from one of the blogging courses here on WordPress that I couldn’t find when I tried.

Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?

I actually blog publicly and keep a personal journal, though the later hasn’t had much that “here’s what happened today” type entries in quite awhile. My blog is to share things that are happening that I want other people to know about or otherwise feel I can write publicly about (think book reviews). My personal journal is for those things too crazy or not thought out enough or need to be held close for whatever reason.

What topics do you think you’ll write about?

Anything that comes to mind, really. I used to only talk about school and vacations and knitting, maybe venturing into other things. Well, I’m no longer a student so the topic of school will only come up when I reminisce. And vacations and knitting are very likely to appear. But also posts about Squirms (duh), living a DC suburb, food, books, memories from when I was little.

Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

I want to reconnect with friends and family who I don’t see as often but also connect with folks who are not yet friends but are at the same point in their life as me or also love to write or craft. I think we could also use new friends and a connection to old ones.

If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

Mostly a record of what happened over the last year, but also having a dedicated set of folks who I know are out there, reading my posts. The blog is equally for my benefit and for the benefit of others. If I don’t think people are out there reading, I’m likely to quit blogging entirely, losing the benefits I get.

So, fellow bloggers Рwhy do you blog? Fame?  Trying to sell something? Recording your life? To practice writing?