When I started blogging, well – quite frankly – I didn’t know what I was doing. I had experience with ONE blogger and that was it. All other blogs were new to me and as foreign as Lithuania. So I tried to model that blog, but make it my own. Ya know? I really fumbled that. At that time, I didn’t know what my blog was about. I didn’t know what I wanted out of it. One thing was for sure, I just wanted to represent me.
The other thing I knew was – I thought I could blog. Hence the URL (above) youthinkyoucanblog (after so you think you can dance, but so was taken- right?). When I began to write, many things came out. My original header was of the mountain peak in Utah outside Salt Lake City. My title was – Just this side of a God Breathed mountain top. I could practically smell the fresh air when I read that. But it also pointed out to me – I’m not ON the God breathed mountain top. I am to the side of it, because I will never be perfect. I am just me. The beauty of God’s work is not lost on me. The mountains, the oceans, the sunsets, and the plains. Truth is, we are all just to the side of any amazing portrait God has painted. To be just to the side and possibly breathed on? Well (maybe I was overthinking it), but I didn’t feel my blog was worthy enough. Scratch that, I didn’t feel it represented what I wanted. A mountain is incredible to look at but what about relate to? I didn’t want my blog to be an unreachable peak.
As time went on, I changed it again. I don’t know. I made many mistakes in my life. Even some of my first blogs have more negativity than I’d like. I’d like to think I’ve grown and reached beyond some of those issues. I have. I’d like to think, my blog wasn’t just about what I was next to or what wonder I would gaze upon, but about everything – from past to present. The good, and the bad. The growing, and the learning. The lessons, and the risks.
One thing I knew for certain was that I blogged about life. And the second thing I blogged most about – was love. And if you know me at all, you know I can’t live life and love without great laughter. It’s usually at myself. Because I’m a goof, a dork, and just all around a crack up. Doesn’t seem to matter if anyone else gets it, since it sends me over the edge of hysterics. The wise old saying that goes,
“Happy is the man who can laugh at himself, for he will never cease to be amused.”
Yeah, that one. That’s me. A constant source of entertainment and delight. I can’t help it. I was the youngest of four. I got lost in the shuffle. I had to entertain myself and I did. With pennies, with M & M’s, straws anything I could pretend were people. They were usually skating. Couple skate and one picked someone out of the line on the wall, usually they were favoring the girl with the pom poms on her skates, but I digress….
I thought LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH. That’s me! Then I realized, it’s a present thing with me. Not just doing it one time, but my life is a constant flow of it. Living, Loving, Laughing…..
The NAME of my blog was born. Wait, I should say the permanent name of my blog was born. And no, it doesn’t match my URL. But I sorta like that. It keeps me grounded to the fact of WHY I started. Because I could. To WHY I continue. Because my life means something and I want to record those moments, and those memories from my heart and soul. Not just for me, but for my family. And maybe to help someone else out, by inspiring or just being real.
I’d like think in the last 100 posts in the last seven months – my blogging has evolved. I am more experienced. Creativity bloomed. And most importantly, I learned to let my guard down and reach out. I comment. I link. I join. Not because I want a gazillion followers who hang on my every word. Not at all. Actually, it’s because I am enamored by the bloggers out there. I am fascinated. I love to connect. I love to meet. I would spend all day reading about their lives if I could. It wouldn’t matter to me if they returned the favor or not.
Of course, if they did, then I might actually get to know them which would be super ideal because that is my ultimate goal. To know you. I have seen God put very significant people in my life. I know they are there for a reason. I wouldn’t have met them otherwise.
It is truly amazing. Like I said in my about me, I am just happy to be here. I hope you are too.
This post was previously written a few weeks ago. My daughter Sydney and I are currently at Camp Hoblitzelle for a womens retreat. I HEART iPhone. This is a great campground. We are in a hotel room type building. Our room holds three other women besides us, another mom and her two daughters. I can’t wait to take pictures out here. It’s incredibly gorgeous. I’m looking forward to talks and walks with Sydney as well. Although, I may not agree with everything presented and talked about here……I have great people to openly discuss and hear different sides in peaceful ways. I have uplifting women all around me. For now, I bid you adeiu from the chilly countryside, wishing you the best weekend ever. Enjoy!
27 thoughts on “A little post about my blog”
I went through the same sort of transitions in my blog since I stated. I knew that I wanted to share my writing, but I wasn’t sure how to make that relevant to anyone but myself.
The growing pains and changes are all a part of the process, but I’m glad to hear that you stuck with it to share and get some of the bogging goodness that comes along with blogging.
Thanks for sharing your story….and Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!
Enjoy your retreat!
I loved hearing how your blog has evolved, especially since I am a new reader.
Our writing evolves just as we do. Our lives continue shaping every moment. I am so glad you decided to continue blogging because I sure enjoy reading your blog! Hope you and Syndey Have a great time at the retreat!
Aww! I don’t even know you, having just found your blog, but I love your writing style and this warm, friendly post. ^^ Great writing. Great blog.
I have found blogging to be an evolving journey for me too. Know that I find much hope when I read your words, and they touch me deeply. I come here and am reminded of what is good and right in this world.
Enjoy your retreat with Sydney…
Enjoy the time with Sydney!
I’m just so happy and thankful that I found your blog so many months ago! As I said in a comment before, Reading your posts is one of the things I look forward all day…
Great observations on a blog well done! Have fun on your retreat.
I hope you enjoy your retreat and I look forward to getting to know you!
It’s funny how one’s blog changes and grows hopefully as we do!
I read your blog entry and as so many other bloggers, I can relate to your words. I read them with a smile on my face. Have fun with your daughter and look forward to the pictures and your stories!
I can rarely blog lately but when I do stopping here is always a joy.. Enjoy your time with your daughter and please tell about the fun you’ll have.
Hope my condition will allow me to blog more
You know what I love most about your blog? Uninvoked nailed it when she said “warm and friendly”. Your blog makes me feel like I just walked into a friends kitchen for tea and a chat. You have a delightfully inviting tone that makes it seem like we’re old friends instead of new ones. I’m glad you decided to make this journey!
We’re glad you’re around, or at least I am 😉
My blogs have been all over the place, it is an evolution and it is fun! (and seems to be a lot of work, too) I enjoy keeping up with everyone as well!
Enjoy your retreat & yay for iphone!
I always wondered about the “youthinkyoucanblog” and the “Living, Loving, Laughing..” connection… now i know 🙂
My daughter is 15 and has dramatically taken a step back from me… it has been really hard for me and after reading that you were on a retreat with your daughter i thought how wonderful that would be for us… to reconnect… not sure why you are at your retreat but i hope you get exactly what you need from it… 🙂
I’m coming up on my 1st blogiversary and I’m still evolving and trying to find myself to some degree. I can tell you one thing though, I’m closer today than I was when I first started. 🙂
Thanks for visiting me on my SITS day!
I love to read about how people’s blogs evolve. I know I’ve gone through a couple of small evolutions in just the past few months, and I’m sure I will be doing more. Thanks for sharing with us!
Have an Extraordinary Day!
I’ve given you an award over on my Chez Aspie blog.
Hope you have fun on the retreat! 🙂
being yourself is so important – don’t lose that
As so many of the other commenters have said, I think all our blogs have gone through some type of evolution since we began them. How on earth can you predict how your life will go, how you’ll become obsessed with HTML and graphics, LOL?
I wrote a post like yours just this week. Must be something about the last week of January that has us being so intro-spective.
Confessions From A Working Mom
Oh Angelia, from reading some of your special blogposts about the Christmas tree and how you found people to adopt the ones that were left behind, your story about jason and the girls, everything about those posts do have living, loving and laughing written over them.
I also sooo resonate with this; “Actually, it’s because I am enamored by the bloggers out there. . . that is my ultimate goal. To know you. I have seen God put very significant people in my life. ”
Angelia I adore to live, love and laugh with you well into your 1000th post.
Enjoy! Have fun! Rest! You will be busy when you return with this great blog of yours! 🙂
You’ve answered a lot of questions in a beautiful way with your post. You know I found you by way of your name spelling. It was meant to be, I guess. I love reading your posts. You’re so warm and honest with your writings and I feel like I’ve known you for ages.
Continue to live, love, and laugh. (I have a plaque on my dining room wall with that very phrase on it). Stay warm on your retreat and we’ll all be here when you get back.
i hope you had a great time with your daughter on retreat. What a great blog post…i love the way you share…
i also love how you have great clarity…
i am trying to find it…
congrats on your 100th post too
You are one special person I always seek out, I think I feel closer to you by every blog you write as they detail your everyday life. You are wonderfully honest and have a knack for subtle humor. You are a non-quitter, so a blog this great is born from where many can gather inspiration.
Good luck and have a wonderful retreat with Sydney. It’s not a time-wasted one, it gives you more insights on people you meet the first time. Can’t wait to see your photos over there. Take care!
I hope you had a wonderful time on the retreat! Stopping by from SITS!
That was a beautiful post, I felt the same way starting my blog. I would say your posts capture your title and express it in a lovely way! I tagged you for a 10 things that make me happy meme on my blog if you would like to join in! Oh and I was a 5th, the M&M’s, Ever use a plate and make a face out of them? We knew how to entertain ourselves back then:)
What a thoughtful post!
Definitely interesting to look how far you’ve come and how many changes you’ve made. I like looking back and taking account of that as well. It’s an eye opener, isn’t it?
I’m glad your here too. Sometimes it’s just nice to look back and see how far we have come. Great post!