I'll be the first to admit that blogs are incredibly self-centered, but here's why I do it.
As a stay-at-home mom, most of my conversations are with a two-year-old. Day-in and day-out I must constantly repeat myself and simplify my language. I have to explain a lot of things. I'm ignored, sometimes I'm spit on, I have to clean up a lot of messes. I watch cartoons. I read childrens' books. I can't have a drink for myself. If there's a story time within a ten-mile radius, I'm there. Don't get me wrong, I love staying home to raise my daughter, but everyone needs adult interaction. Blogging helps me to articulate some of the thoughts that I have throughout the day, and also encourages me to use my brain once in a while. Here I'm able to express my thoughts as though someone is paying attention.
This blog is also for sharing family updates, no matter how mundane. I enjoy keeping up with people on Facebook, but sometimes friends' postings are completely irrelevant to me. And I can't help but to see all or nothing of a friend's updates. Just as I couldn't care less, I won't bore people so much with the ordinary goings-on of my family. On Facebook, that is. If you're reading this blog, you're asking for it.
Reading others' blogs has also inspired me to treat the ordinary like it's extraordinary. I hate that I didn't keep a baby book for Joey, a choice I made because I feared that I wouldn't keep up with it like I should. And now I can't keep a baby book for our second child, due in January 2011, because I didn't do it with our first. So this blog keeps a record of our everyday life. When the kids are grown up, it won't matter that my daughter said a dirty word at the tender age of two, but it will be fun to reminisce.
This blog is very random. For those of you who know me, you wouldn't expect anything different.
Thank you for reading.