Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Why I Blog

The other day my son, in my presence, jokingly told some friends, "My mom is toddling down the information super-highway with her walker!" Gee, thanks Grant.

Actually, I thought it was very funny. He is so right. Having been called to be my tech support on several occasions (and Grant, I will master hyper-linking soon, I promise!) he knows that it is only my bull-headed determination that has gotten me this far with blogging. Once I start trying to learn something new, I just can't quit until I have it figured out, whether it is something that comes naturally to me or not. It's kind of a curse.

I hadn't touched a computer until about six years ago. PCs came out the year I left the workplace to stay home with babies. We didn't have one in our home for probably another eight years after that, and I didn't need to learn how to use it to wash dishes or wipe noses. Then, when Paul was going to India, I thought I'd like to learn how to use e-mail. That was my initial experience. Since then I've sort of accidentally by-hook-or-crook learned how to do a few other things, but there is still a loooong way to go!

Pastor Randy encouraged the church staff to think about blogging as a way to communicate with church members. So, dutifully, I gave it whirl. I'm not so sure that anyone from church reads my blog, but, whatever, I'm doing it anyway, and I've found out that I really like it. I love it as a form of self-expression. If you want to know what's on my tiny little mind, this is a good place to look. And I really love meeting and communicating with people in the blog world. There are gardeners, bookworms, green activists, and Christian homemakers from all over the US and UK that I have exchanged comments with, and I think that has been the real benefit.

Some of you may wonder at the, um, "eclectic" mix of material that shows up here. Well, here's the deal: I'm a wife and mother, so I write about my family; I'm a church musician, so I write about music and worship; I'm very interested in environmental stewardship, so I write about that; I'm a Master Gardener, and if it ever gets warm, I might write about that. And, first and foremost, I'm a follower of Christ, so I write about that. I am who I am and I write what I write. I'm not here to rant or preach (at least not more that the average blogger!); I just enjoy writing. And I love hearing from all of you. Please drop in and comment! You don't have to agree with me, and you don't have to think I'm cool. I'm 52, and I'm so over that. But it never hurts hear opinions and exchange advice and ideas. That's why I blog.


CindyW said...

Good for you, Joyce. Keep doing it. Every generation faces their unique technological challenges :) My parents are now finally comfortable with email, though they still prefer phone calls. I have been in the computer and hi-tech industries for a while, but I find a lot of new techs unnecessary for me, like text messaging, twittering, etc. I am sure when my kids are at the age of using technology, they will laugh at my outdatedness. Oh well.

I've been enjoying your writing...

Joyce said...

Cindy, my daughter and her friends text message until I think their thumbs are going to fall off! But when it comes to family, I would still rather have a phone call and hear their voices. Now that they are scattering to the four winds, I am so glad that we have all these ways to stay connected!

matt said...

You get the gold star for the day!

I actually had more the image of holding on to the tailgate of a pickup with feet flying out behind you as it tears down the information superhighway, but hey, walker works too, eh?

Actually, I think u have come up to speed on this stuff pretty well, all things considered. Now, it would be REALLY handy to be able to send you txt messages sometimes... lol.

Keep up the blogging!

Joyce said...

LOL-You boys! What about that commandment about honoring your parents? Matt, Matt, Matt, you are a pastor?

Green Bean said...

Joyce, I love the fun mix of your blog and in particular love hearing from parents with grown kids. BTW, I have a son with the same name! Keep blogging - you have lots to share and we enjoy reading it.

Joyce said...

Thanks, Green Bean. I have plenty to say; the trick is making sure it's worthwhile!

Super B's Mom said...

I love this post - you are so matter-of-fact! I can't wait to talk gardening with you - if Spring ever truly arrives in Alabama too! :) We got a frost Monday night and we're holding our breath that the blueberries won't die out again like last year.

I am dying laughing at your wedding slide-show comment you left on my blog. You are SO right! I've also got a good one of him driving his John Deere tractor - naked. HAHA

Hope you're having a great week! :)

Becky @ Boys Rule My Life said...

I love blogging, too, for just the reasons you said. Expression, communication, and sometimes just to get things out of my head.

Moms do so much... of course we have eclectic thoughts! You put it so well.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. You also stated very well how Satan works - as a beautiful deceiver.

It's nice to meet you!

Joyce said...

Hi, Becky! I love your blog because it reminds me so much of my life with three little boys. And then, we had a girl!

I really appreciated the video clip you put up. It's almost chilling.

C. Marie Byars said...

Thanks for coming over to my blog again. I believe the comment I was responding to was a perfectly harmless person who may have disorganized thought processes---if you catch my drift. Even in the cyber world, there are so many people needing love!

Joyce said...

I had the same impression, Marie. I appreciated your loving response.