Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Blogging...for better, for worse

Jennifer of Snapshot (and Managing Editor of 5 Minutes for Books) has tagged me for a meme (and in the interest of full disclosure, I borrowed her post title). Here are the rules:

1. Write about 5 specific ways blogging has affected you, either positively or negatively.
2. link back to the person who tagged you
3. link back to this parent post
4. tag a few friends or five, or none at all
5. post these rules— or just have fun breaking them

Okay, so five ways blogging has affected me...

1. I think, probably too much, and blogging provides an outlet for all my ponderings and wonderings. From the time I was a girl, I found release in words as an occasional journaler. Now, I'm a blogger.

2. I learn. About html and other computer techy type stuff, yes. But I also learn from the observations and writings of many wise bloggers. It's a whole new world of ideas and opinions and convictions out there in cyberspace!

3. I've discovered a community. I often refer to this blog friend or that blog friend in my conversations, and I admit, it feels a little weird to count someone as a friend whom I have never met and in some cases have no clue what they look like or what their last name is. But friends we are, dear friends and sisters, and all because of blogging.

4. A negative effect: Blogging, both the writing as well as the reading, takes time. Sometimes too much.

5. Something I've mentioned before: Blogging has revealed to me my own mediocrity. There are so many smart and talented bloggers truly gifted with the keyboard and I see my own ordinariness in comparison (not to mention in my sitemeter stats--smile!). Lest you think I am feeling sorry for myself, I see this as a good thing! It does not fall to me to be the smartest, funniest, most fashionable, craftiest nor the most theologically profound blogger on the block, and I am grateful. It is my privilege to be the ordinary wife, the ordinary mom and the ordinary blogger making much of an extraordinary God. It is my desire that His glory and His worth be revealed in my ordinariness...

Anyone else want to play along? Consider yourself tagged! Let us know in the comments so we can see how blogging has affected you...

13 comments:

  1. I did this meme today, too. I'm glad to know you through blogging!!

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  2. You have a new look! I like it.

    I love your points here, and can agree with most of them. I have enjoyed learning to work my way around a little HTML and the community of course, and the time-sucking aspect of it.

    But I had never thought of your 5th point quite in that way. Yes, I had thought about the fact that it always feels that I'm NOT measuring up to someone -- in stats, popularity or talent (is this high school?) -- but you're right. It is a good reminder. Thanks for that.

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  3. I like your new look, too!

    Jennifer tagged me for this, too...but I haven't had time to think on it yet.

    I've learned techy stuff, too (though not much). I just recently changed the time-sucking part of it though.

    And, like Leslie, I'm glad to know you through blogging!

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  4. You changed yourself up again! coffee beans! ; )

    You pretty much summed it up for me! : ) It's convicting, challenging, humbling, consumes way too much time (but not lately!), and I love it! ; )

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  5. Like the new look.

    Think I'll tackle this meme tomorrow. But I have a feeling your answers are very similar to mine.

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  6. Great to read this. Oh, and I totally relate to the bit about being humbled (#5). But I'm thinking that's a blessing in its way.

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  7. Well, look at you! So spiffy!

    I totally agree with you on so much of this. especially #3. And you are one of the reasons!

    And regarding #5, you are not near as ordinary as you think!

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  8. I am SO GLAD you are a blogger! You got a makeover. I almost didn't know I was in the right place. Very cool.

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  9. I agree with every point...and like the others I am so glad to have you as a bloggy friend. :)

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  10. Lisa, I did this meme on my blog the other day. I mentioned your blog in my meme. Thanks for being yourself. You are a blessing.

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  11. I love coming to your blog. You are wise and witty and full of deep thought at just the appropriate moments it seems.

    So glad to know you, blogging friend!

    peace~elaine

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  12. Great to read this. Oh, and I totally relate to the bit about being humbled (#5). But I'm thinking that's a blessing in its way.

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  13. I like your new look, too!

    Jennifer tagged me for this, too...but I haven't had time to think on it yet.

    I've learned techy stuff, too (though not much). I just recently changed the time-sucking part of it though.

    And, like Leslie, I'm glad to know you through blogging!

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