Why Bother to Blog?

Here we are, 13 weeks into a new year and I’ve got over 100 people following this blog!

I love when my friends comment and I love reading their posts. I’ve gone on emotional journeys, cheered weigh loss and steps walked, sat in amazement over a renovated living room, viewed babies, cathedrals, puppies and desserts.  I’ve read about loss and recovery, despair and hope. I’ve listened to Snow Patrol, seen spring flowers and mountain vistas.

Why bother to blog?

I started blogging as a way to put words into a post. It was hard for me to define my ‘niche’.  I don’t sew, quilt, paint or design.  I don’t lift, run, ride or twirl. And sadly, I don’t strum, fiddle, rock or roll.

I volunteer, play with my grandson, read books, take photos, walk, hike and engage with a wide range of family and friends. I learn, teach, listen and seek out new information through a variety of venues.

I love writing and this blog is a wonderful platform for me. Perhaps my NICHE is being me. Can that be a niche?

I didn’t envision my blog posts to be a ‘no holds barred’ type of place but instead a place where I am sharing bits and pieces of my world, my past and hopes for the future. A place where my humor is able to shine and when I feel down to be able to write freely about that as well. I’ve made friends here and it’s a fun place to be.

Why bother to blog? It feeds my soul, it helps me feel connected, I learn so much, I grow and I enjoy the process.

So tell me, what is it about blogging that you like so much? Why do you do it?

That No Comfort Zone Thingy (Week 13)

The last few weeks have been doing things out of my comfort zone as I embrace Lent.

I was raised Catholic and I went to a parochial school my entire school years. Yes, kindergarten through graduation … so I was a totally immersed catholic girl. (Though I’ve only entered holy doors for weddings and funerals these days!)

During Lent I always gave up something for Jesus.  Lent is begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter. As an adult, I still love this rit

Blue Mountain Vineyards, Berthoud Colorado  - Pinot Grigio wine
Blue Mountain Vineyards, Berthoud Colorado - Pinot Grigio wine

ual and think the time frame of 6 weeks is perfect to make a habit or break a habit.

For Lent this year, I went totally out of my comfort zone and gave up wine, toast and TV. The hardest of the 3 is toast. I begin my day with a slice or two of toasted bread. Hot tea and toast. It’s like brushing my teeth –you just do it.

Now, I have to find substitutes. Cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, eggs, fruit … it’s all good for me but it takes work. I want to be simple in the early morning but alas … where’s the challenge in that?

The other two are not as hard for me. I put the box of wine (yeah, really classy huh?) in the basement and only bring it out for book group gatherings. The easy part was always reaching in the fridge and filling my chilled glass with some nice cheap white zinfandel wine or opening up a ‘good’ bottle of Pinot Grigio or Riesling and savoring that for a few days. A glass in the evening is a nice way to end the day – but not anymore.

As for TV – I only break my fast on Sundays. I figure that since I make the rules, I can break the rules.

Marge and The Good Wife have a date every Sunday night.  Good Catholic Girl + The Good Wife… no surprise there, huh?!