Sunday, May 26, 2013

Monday Listicles: Why I blog

This week, Stasha at The Good Life is celebrating her 100th listicle! Woo-hoo!! This week's listicle is why we love listicles or "freestyle." I'm going to do a combo of both. 

I love doing Monday Listicles because:

1. I have always loved making lists...just ask my husband! I recently watched "I Don't Know How She Does It," and at the end of the movie, Sarah Jessica Parker's character resolves to stop making lists...and that thought made me panic! I guess I'm a listaholic.

2. It's been an awesome way to connect in cyberspace with other bloggers, a few with really spectacular senses of humor.

3. It makes me post every week and write about topics that might not have occurred to me otherwise. 

And furthermore, I love blogging because:

4. It's a great creative outlet for me.

5. I've never been able to stick to journaling on a consistent basis, but blogging allows me to chronicle much of what happens in my life or my family through words and photos.

6. It allows me to promote great books, theater, music, travel spots, restaurants, or people and pass on the good word.

7. It enables me to blackmail remind my husband and kids of things they've done over the years...such as convincing Kieran that he once made a love machine for a girl in his preschool class and also once dressed up as the Wicked Witch, both of which he completely denies ever having done.

8. It gives me a sense of accomplishment...I've been blogging for over 6 years now, having written 1,655 posts on this primary blog alone...that doesn't count posts on Marie's Book Garden, Confessions of an English Major, or One Year to an Organized Life (currently inactive). Given my record of starting projects and not always finishing them, it's good to have an accomplishment I can quantify!

9. I'm not much of an arguer--in fact, I really dislike arguing--but I'm passionately opinionated. Blogging allows me to express my opinions without getting in anyone's face. I have had some heated discussions--the one that stands out for me most of all is when some Orthodox Jews visited my book blog to complain about my book review of Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of my Jewish Roots

10. My memory is fading! When I did my recent A to Z Blogging Challenge on my overseas travels, I had great fun poring over my travel journals from my 20s...and I was stunned to learn how much I had forgotten. When I'm old and gray, I will have something to look back on and remember.

Thanks, Stasha, for creating a great blogging community and prompting us to think more creatively! Cheers to you!!



17 comments:

  1. SIX YEARS!! Wow...just wow! I agree it makes you stretch and write on topics you might not otherwise write about.

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    1. Thanks, Robbie! It's been so much fun to get to know you!

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  2. Congrats on six years! A fun list and aren't all of our minds getting a little more foggy over the years, Happy 100.

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    1. Thanks Wayne--glad to know I'm not alone!

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  3. Congratulations! :) I'm a list-maker too, esp. when it comes to moving and/or travel.

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    1. It's invaluable, isn't it? JoJo, you should join Monday Listicles.

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  4. I am just under 6 years myself. I had a break in there for a over a year when I was pregnant and then just after baby #3. something had to give, ya know?
    But I just missed it too much -- for all the reasons you've stated - and could not stay away.

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    1. Whoopee!! I do find myself blogging more at certain times...that's for sure.

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  5. Okay I am also saying WOW to six years!! It goes by fast though. I think I've been blogging for three. But I haven't written half of what you have in six. Congrats!

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  6. Six years?! I'm really impressed. Blogging consistently is very challenging for me.

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    1. I know--that's why these blog hops are so important.

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  7. My name is Diane and I'm a listaholic too. :)

    Holy-camoly...6+ years! Congratulations!!!

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  8. Oh wow - you've been blogging for 6+ years - nice! You might hold the record (amongst all the bloggers that I've come in contact with) - that's very impressive because I've been seeing a lot of people dropping out from blogging burnout.

    Blogging is a really cool way to express yourself creatively! I love it - and I'm a visual person so I love when blogs share photos!

    BTW - really cool Wizard of Oz costumes! That looked like a lot of fun!

    Happy Listicles Monday!

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  9. Six years! Reason to celebrate! Whoo hoo! How has it changed since you started?

    I love blogging. I don't do it enough, but still. I love it.

    Great list!

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  10. Yay for list-making! How do people stay organized without them?
    Blog hops with prompts are great ways to expand our writing and push us out of any rut we may get ourselves into. ("us" means me, really)
    I'm with you on the journaling. I used to keep one for each of my kids, but with each child, it just got harder to do. Now, I can do it all in one place, with photos, and grandparents can see it, too.
    Good for you, keeping your family honest with the blog! :)

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