August 26, 2007

Fun Monday: Why I Blog (And My Super Secret Diaries)

Fun Monday is here!! Lisa has asked, "I’d like to know more about you, what makes you tick. I’d like to know how you started blogging. Did you keep a diary under lock and key safely hidden as a child? Do you still? Do you share the same things on your blog that you would have, or do, in your diary? Why did you start blogging and why do you continue? May as well throw in any roadblocks you have run into while blogging. If you still have your old diaries we’d love to see them."

I bet the first blog I ever read was Dooce. I then moved onto a long list of bloggers, starting off with personal finance bloggers. One of my favorite things was when someone commented on a site I read, I would click the link and read their blog. While I really don't know where I found most of my favorite bloggers anymore, I bet this is how I found a majority of them. I currently have 25 blogs on my favorites list that I go through each day to read about their lives.

I started blogging earlier this year, I believe, out of loneliness. I had various random thoughts that I wanted to tell someone, but I don’t have any friends here, and I didn’t think it was fair to call my friends that are scattered around the States every day to tell them one small inane thing that happened during my day. Further, many of my friends and family did not agree with the path I took early this year, not working and selling on Ebay. I was tired of hearing the various biting comments from these folks, so I decided it would be better to throw up all over the innernet what my loved ones didn’t seem to want to hear.

I have only been here for a few months and during the past few weeks have run into my first problems. I am generally a positive upbeat person, but the last several weeks have found me to be unhappy and just in a negative state of mind. I haven’t posted much as result. Not posting at first, was disappointing to myself until I loosened up and remembered that this here thing is for me first. If I don’t want to write, I don’t need to. I hope to get back in the groove soon.

As for my written diaries, pulling these out has been a delight!

I had many forms of diaries as a child, and of course, pre-teen to teen years. I apparently destroyed these over the years. Man, I sure wish I had these still!!

This is the oldest "diary" I have. This notebook....I scribbled all over it.

And the most important thing. I wrote "Stay Out" on the cover. I am sure this kept my nosy sister out of it.

The notebook doesn't really contain personal entries, but tons of poems. Most I found, some I wrote. Yikes.

The one above was written by one of my best friend's older sisters. Awesome.

I wrote this one. It is dated January 7, 1992. I would have just moved to Texas. I have an idea who this was written for, but that story really isn't worth writing about.

However, I am so proud of myself!! Look at the last paragraph. I was a stupid high school sophomore. And had enough self-worth to write that. I may not have always acted like it, but at least I wrote it!

For a couple years, I kept daily entries on my oh so busy life in calendars like these.

Here is an entry . I was in school at the time. Check out the highlighting. I was so organized.

Here is a year or two later. I must have just got my cat, Daisy. She ultimately lost the cat lottery. Those numbers are from when I was bartending. The first number would be tips, the second tipshare. Not too shabby.

I have had this notebook for many years. I handwrote many of my favorite poems in here.

Look at the lowercase. What a dork.

Now e.e. cummings, that should be in lowercase.

This is my latest diary. (And Cass' feet, it just seemed wrong to crop her out of it) I don't write in her frequently. The first entry is dated during Dec. 2004. The last, November 2006. And only 12 pages have been written on.

This entry has to be my favorite.

This was written just a few days after I left my ex. I had been hurt by other people's reactions to my leaving him, my so-called friends. However, I knew I had done the right thing.

I found another item that isn't necessarily a diary, but it has a ton of memories in it. It is definitely an insight into my younger self. However, it is huge....and will have to wait until another day this week.

Go see everyone else's reasons for blogging! I love this topic and can't wait to read everyone's entries!!


Kaytabug said...

I loved this topic too! I am curious about the HUGE thing with all the insight! I loved your post! I fond my folders too with all my favorite poems in them!!

her indoors said...

i feel i have really missed out now on not keeping diaries when i was younger, or even now! great post

Beccy said...

Like her indoors reading and seeing all your old diaries makes me regret both not managing to keep my diaries going and not keeping the little I did manage to write!

Steffi said...

Great post and it´s interesting to see your old diaries!

nikki said...

I love the cover of your first diary notebook! I wished I would have kept the one I had when I was 8 or so. Great entry!

ChrisB said...

Oh how lovely to see another set of real diaries, unfortunately anything I recall is from my aging memory. The 1992 poem is impressive :)

lisa's chaos said...

I LOVE that you took photos of the pages containing your writing too. :) I also love you didn't crop out little kitty feet.

I never really thought of my calendars as my diaries but you're right, I love to write little notes and I always keep the dang things. Why do I need to know when my dog had her shots five years form now?

susan said...

I used to use spiral notebooks in hopes that they would blend in with my school stuff. I learned the hard way that writing keep out was an invitation to snoop.

I love seeing all your old journals.

Karmyn R said...

I have kept all of my old journals too - and am debating whether or not to burn them. Some things in there I'd hate for my children to ever read....BUT - when I am dead and gone, I suppose I won't care if my great-grandchildren read it. HA!

Blue Momma said...

I love that you still have the journal with "keep out" on it! It's so something a kid would do.

I had several diaries during my childhood, but don't have any of them anymore. I'd love to read them now.

And I think the kitty feet in the photo are really cool!

Tiggerlane said...

I had forgotten that one way I found out about blogging was by clicking people's comments on dooce.

I actually kept some of my calendars like that - it's fun to look back and remember things that way!

mjd said...

Thank you for sharing parts of your diaries. I did not keep diaries or journals in my life, but I still find other's thoughts interesting.

In your post, I like this attitude, "If I don’t want to write, I don’t need to." This is your blog, and you get to write and say what you like. And, you get to post when you want. Take care.

Robocop said...

Twenty Five different blogs?!? My God. But you know, if someone enjoys something like blogging, and has the topics to post, more power to you. I, on the other hand, am a walking writers block.

Pamela said...

Your notes/diaries/journals etc amaze me.

I go months without even knowing what day it is - much less what I did during it.

Those will be priceless to your grandchildren.

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