Wednesday, March 27, 2013

On Blogging


The other day someone left a very unkind comment on a post and it really got me thinking about blogging and why I do it.  I began blogging almost five years ago at the suggestion of my friend Kelly and quickly discovered that I really loved it.  It was an outlet for me and a way to record the many facets of our lives.  Before blogging, my Mom and I used to scrapbook and that was very gratifying and fun to do together but it took up vast amounts of time and it was difficult to keep up.  It was really appealing to me that a blog post can take as little as five minutes to put together!  Blogging was also a (sadly, most often one sided) way to keep up with family and a few friends.

Through the past couple of years, I've discovered that I really love to document the details that make up our life.  I want to have pictures of what our house looked like at a certain moment in time, what some of our favorite things were at various stages, favorite recipes and things that we did together as a family.  And I believe that my children will too.  Finding the beauty and joy in our every day and our special days is an important part of this blog.  Blogging has allowed me to keep a record of those things, even if they only represent a very small part of our day, in a way that I never would have been able to do otherwise.

What I also love about blogging is that one must choose to visit, and because of that choice I think that most of us only visit those blogs that are of interest to us, those that we might have a connection with or those that we might learn something from.  If it were just my best friend and my Mom reading the blog that would be ok too, but blogging has opened up new friendships that I never would have been able to make and for that I'm so grateful.  I'm continually struck with what genuinely nice people visit this space and it's honestly like the icing on the cake.

As the children have gotten older, this blog has naturally changed and morphed.  I'm not sure where the blog will head in the future, or even if it will head into the future, but I do know that I'm proud of this space.  I appreciate those connections that I've made and those memories that I've recorded, no matter how small, big or even a bit silly they might be.




22 comments:

  1. I can't imagine how anyone could be unkind about this blog - I read every post and I genuinely adore it!
    Please never stop! xxx

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  2. you don't know me, but I happened on your blog from a post on Design Mom. Your blog is perfect! I so appreciate every post. You have inspired this mother! Thank you, thank you!

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  3. I cannot imagine anyone having anything negative to say to you. I love your posts, ideas and the way you raise your children.

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  4. Thank you Emma, you are always so kind!

    Anonymous and Amy P.- Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement!

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  5. I hope that you will keep doing exactly what you've been doing! Your blog is perfectly you. Although we knew of each other for years, we have gotten to know one another through our blogs, yet we've never spoken a word. Thats pretty neat!

    Holly

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  6. I cannot imagine why anyone would have a reason to leave an unkind comment on your beautiful blog! I have been a reader for quite a while now and I have been inspired to incorporate many of your ideas into my life. I think I found your blog when I was googling science parties, as my about-to-turn 5 yr old son wanted a science themed party. I was delighted to find you and have been a regular visitor ever since. Don't let it get you down (I'm sure you won't!). Unfortunately there are some sad, bitter or jealous people out there who feel the need to inflict those feelings on others.

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  7. Your blog is one of my favorites and I'm so glad that we have become blogging friends too! I have been going through a blogging identity crisis lately. I blog because I want a space to record all of my ideas. Now with Pinteret I wonder if its necessary......

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  8. some people are just mean.. ignore them.

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  9. I, too, read each and every post and hope that you will always continue to write about the happenings in your world. Thanks for your generous sharing! - Cares

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  10. Our family appreciates your blogging, tho most aren't letting you know. Wonderful this post shows so much support.

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  11. How disappointing! Please don't take it to heart. I always remind myself that critics tend to speak louder than fans. I adore your blog...and I never comment, despite all the compliments I could post. I simply check in each day and enjoy the posts. Oscar Hammerstein II has a wonderful "This I Believe" essay, and he says, "It is a modern tragedy that despair has so many spokesmen, and hope so few.". It's really the same for complaints versus praise. Keep writing, Anna. Your supporters may be quiet, but we are there.

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  12. I also adore your blog! I don't even remember how I first happened upon it but I am so very grateful that I did! Please continue...it is always a sweet place to visit!

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  13. I also adore your blog! Since you moved away from the Atlanta area, this has been a wonderful for me to keep in touch, even if I don't comment often. :) I have thoroughly enjoyed watching your children grow up and I have gotten so many recipe, craft and decorating ideas. Do what is best for you, but please know you have many followers. :)

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  14. I enjoy your blog, I think you are a real lifestyle guru! Don't let the turkeys get you down! People can be so hateful when the a jealous. I have had some try to completely destroy me professionally, someone I considered a friend just because she was so jealous of me. I'm just living life, nothing glamorous, not over the top. Just people in my life who I love and love me back. That's what you have and people who are so messed up in their own head can't understand you get the love you give.
    You ROCK!!!!

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  15. Hi Anna,
    I am another fan that has never really commented..I even thought of you when I saw a Tiffany blue sweater with a big white bow on it at the Ann Taylor Loft store!!..I am so sorry to hear someone was negative here!! Your posts, parties, gifts and favorite things are just so special. Thank you for sharing your ideas and family with us. I too think I found you when looking for birthday party ideas and I always look forward to checking in to see your new posts. I am sure we would be GREAT friends if we lived close. I try to do special stuff for my kids and family and I know they'll cherish these things when they are older..oh and I adore PEONIES! (now aim starting to sound like a stalker!)
    All the best to you and your family!
    Kristin

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  16. I have enjoyed your blog for many years. We have a mutual friend who I taught school with years ago, Kelly W, who I believe introduced me to your blog. You have so many wonderful and real ideas that are so very refreshing. You are an inspiration to so many! Thank you!

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  17. I have been reading your blog for a couple of years. I have never commented before but feel the need to do so at this point. I truly enjoy your posts and have borrowed many of your ideas. I hope you continue to blog for many years, or else I will have to find a new "place" to enjoy my morning coffee :)

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  18. Another long-time reader popping up to say that I think your blog is lovely! I used to read A LOT of blogs, but now keep up with very few. Yours is one of those that I continue to check regularly because there's something unpretentious and understated about the way you write about your family, and I like that. Even when you're posting about the super creative projects/meals that you do with your children, it very much feels like you just wanting to document your (and your family's) creative work rather than trying to be self-promoting. I really appreciate your willingness to share the beauty and joy and love and creativity in your family with others.

    Keep on keeping on, Anna. :)

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  19. I agree with all the wonderful comments. You have one of the best blogs out there, you have no hidden agenda and you stay true to yourself. You are an inspiration to me as a mother, wife, teacher and entertainer also. sometimes we all need a little appreciation and encouragement from others :)

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  20. I also rarely comment, but I keep up with your blog almost daily, so I feel I must speak up to say what a wonderful blog I think you have. When I think about the overall "feeling" of your blog, thankfulness comes to mind. It reminds me of the verse from Philippians that says "Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Not that you can't or don't ever write about the less pleasant things in life. But it seems like your blog is a place to celebrate and share the special moments of your family. I'm glad you do!

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  21. this is shocking! I can't believe that anyone, anywhere would have anything negative to say about your special place on the web. I know you to be over-the-top kind, generous, creative... YOUR beauty and zest for design, love and fun stand out in every single post. thank you for blogging and thank you for making this world wide web a sweeter place!!!!

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  22. I love your blog...I love you...your an amazing mother, wife, and all around woman! I'm glad to be able to see all the magic you create!

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