Why am I starting a blog?

Do I think people will want to read my blog?   I hope so, I mentioned yesterday that I wondered if anyone would want to read anything I wrote….my life really isn’t any more interesting than anyone elses.   But I think that is the secret to success….people like to know what other people are dealing with.  They like to know they are not alone.   They want to hear about other people’s issues.   Our grandparents watched soap operas and listened in on party lines, our generation watches reality tv shows and reads blogs.  In both cases we compare our lives to others.  Sometimes we look better, sometimes worse, but it gives us some comfort in knowing others deal with the same issues.  But bottom line…I’m writing because I want to and I’m sure some of the things I write about will be enjoyable for my son to read in the future!
Do I think that I will someday be famous because I’m writing this blog?   NO, but I do think I will make some people smile, I will make some people shake their head, and some might even get mad at some of the things I write.  There is always the chance that I could be like Ree Drummond of the Pioneer Woman Blog and get tv and book offers.  But that would be a surprise to all and not the reason I am blogging.  I do think I will reach people outside of my little Saxton/Hollidaysburg world.  I think somehow, someway I will make a difference with this blog….if no where else, at least in my own life.  And I’m happy with that.
What are my goals?  My goals are simple…to record our history, the goofy things and the happy times as well as the sad times we share, to make you smile, to make you laugh, to make you think, to inspire you, and to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone at times.
Our family (whatever yours may look like) are the most important people in our lives. This blog is a way of honoring those people who matter most.

How long will the posts be?   Some days posts will be about this length, some days maybe a few sentences, some days a picture, some days, when I’m on a roll, the posts might be longer.  Feel free to comment if you think they are too long!

How often will I post?   At least once a week.  Hopefully at least 3 times per week depending on what is going on in my life.
How will you know when I post something?  Several ways….you can sign up to get a copy via email.  You can sign up for RSS feed.  Or sometimes I will post on facebook.  Or you can just look my page up when the mood strikes.
So tell me….do you think I’m crazy for starting this blog?

New Blog……Finally!

Can you believe this……a blog.   I’ve finally bit the bullet and started a personal blog.  This was one of my New Year’s Resolutions and here it is, the year is half over and I’m just getting this thing started.   But that is O.K.   The important thing is I’m started!  Woo Hoo!

So now you are probably asking yourself WHY?  Why would she want to do this?   That is sort of hard to answer.  My mind works in mysterious ways at times.  I guess you could say, this is a challenge.   I have wanted to do this for several years but wasn’t sure how to go about it.  I had lots of questions.  Would anyone want to read something I wrote?   I wondered if anything in my life would be interesting enough for someone else to read.  Would I be disciplined enough to commit to writing when I needed to?   Could I find the time in an already busy schedule to write?  Would I even know what to write?   Then I realized I didn’t care if others read what I wrote.  I wanted to do this for ME!   I wanted to challenge myself and grow.   This was a way I could do that.   I also have a long list of other things I want to accomplish while I am on this earth and blogging may help me to finally get to those things.  (More about those things in other posts!)
I started with a work blog on technology and found I could easily keep up with 3 or 4 posts per week.  Yes it took time, but it was manageable.  Many of the people that read my tech-bytes blog were encouraging and that gave me the courage to move forward with this more personal blog.  
I knew I wanted to start a blog, but wasn’t sure what to write about.  I thought about lots of things…parenting, technology, social networking, recipes, relationships, family, eating, losing weight, fun things to do, etc.  But had a hard time settling on just one.  So I decided to start with a family blog and I would be able to write about lots of things.  Whatever inspires me each day.
Then, deciding whether I wanted to write my blog on a blog hosting site, and if so, which one.  That decision seemed to take forever.  So I decided to test two systems and this one is part of the test.
Then trying to figure out a name was the next challenge….every name I liked was taken!  Smith is a popular name.  But used our first names to get the web address.  Seemed fitting.

I will be writing about my family, the silly things that happen to us, the boring things, our travels, what inspires us, what makes us mad at each other, etc.  This will be a written record of our existence. Hopefully I will have some entertaining and interesting things to write about so you keep coming back.  Check back tomorrow to learn more about my goals for this blog.
So lookout blogosphere….I’m here!