For The Love…Of Blogging Top Ten Tuesday

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Usually Tuesdays in Sluiter Nation are Top Ten Tuesday…and today is no different!  However today, since it’s our blogging love week, I am going to focus on the Top Ten Reasons I Love to Blog.

Make sure to go check out Miranda‘s Top Ten today too and then link of your own Top Ten Reasons to Blog!

So here I go…

10. My friends and family know what the heck we are up to. I know this one sounds lame, but it is the reason I started the blog back in 2007…so the people I love would know about our lives.  In fact, I always had to email the link once every couple weeks to everyone because I had NO idea how to do RSS or email subscriptions let alone tell people about them.

9. This is MY house. I know it’s been said before, but your blog is your house.  You can have your opinion (not that I do very opinionated stuff, really, but the OPTION is there).   I like that one day I can write a letter to my son and the next day I can talk about my depression.  And I can say what I want because it is MY space in this world.

8. Blogging it out. Time and time again I have come here or to twitter to just pound my feelings out onto my keyboard…into my screen…and out into the interwebs.  And you know what?  You can read or not read, but I feel better getting it out of my head.  That is something I didn’t know my blog could be when I first started it.

7. The Other Blogs. Part of my love of blogging is YOU.  reading YOUR blogs.  Finding women people who I can relate to…whose words touch me.

6. Community. This one is going to be on here twice…because there are two kinds I have found.  There is the community right here…in Sluiter Nation.  You.  You who come here and support me and love me and converse with me (and those of you who don’t, you’ll notice that your comments do not show up…see reason #9: MY HOUSE).

5. Community. I love blogging for the communities that have been formed here.  I have found PPD communities here and here (amongst others).  I have found writing communities like this. And I have found places to safely publish stories that are very sensitive to me with the security that only positive, loving comments will be let through.

4. A Creative Outlet. I had NO idea…NO IDEA…i could write.  I mean, I knew I could write essays and teach the basics of grammar, but to actually put something together with voice?  that could move someone?  No idea.  Blogging has challenged me to be a better writer…something I love.

3. Friends. If you told me a year ago that by February 2011, I would have a whole slew of new best friends…and that i would have only met a teeny tiny few of them in real life?  I would have laughed at you and called you ridiculous.  No one meets people online (no one that isn’t a little weird).  But it’s true.  I have met women here who I consider extremely close friends.  And I have never met them. well, in real life.

2. Showing Off. I have made a point of always being honest.  And honestly?  I like to be the center of attention (just ask my mom).  Blogging is like my own personal spotlight.

1. My Life: In Writing. Someday?  I will be old and not so typey typey on the computer.  My children will be grown and gone.  Some day I will be gone.  And my children, my grandchildren…they will have my words.  They will have pictures of us.  They will know what life was like through my eyes.  Think of how precious of a gift that is.  Can you imagine if you had a book handed to you of what your great great grandmother had written?  For the good and the bad?  These are my words.  My experiences.

Now it’s your turn!  What are your Top Ten Reasons to blog or to love blogging?  Share with  us!  Link up!

ps. since this is a blog hop and we are loving on blogging, please try to comment on as many people in the hop as you can…even if it’s just the person ahead of you and after you in the lineup!  WE LOVE BLOGGING!

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About Katie

Just a small town girl…wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.

Comments

  1. I love number 1 and number 3 and number 6… I really just love all of them and could not agree more. This blogging world is an amazing place and I am glad that we both have found it.

  2. I love your #9. And #4. And #2. So much more proof of our twin-ness.

  3. #3 is a crazy and fascinating thing! It is amazing and wonderful how close we can become with people online, especially bonding over something that’s taboo to talk about IRL!

  4. I love your #9, #4, and #2. Number 2 might be my favorite. Great list!

  5. Excellent reasons!! And always sending us to fabulous resources!
    I couldn’t agree with you more!

  6. Great list. I would switch blogging it out to tweeting it out. I often go to Twitter when I am in a funk and it nearly always lifts my mood.

  7. Thats a great top ten, thanks for sharing. And thanks for hosting once more!
    XxX

  8. I love your list. I’ve been blogging for only five months, and once a week at that. I’m so new to this world, but already see so much of what your top ten celebrates happening for me.

    Number 1 resonates with me. My children are now 11 and 13 and I feel like if I’d had a blog when they were small, I’d have a written record of my love for them. Of our experiences together. My fears and joys and …well…all of it.

    So good for you for recognizing everything blogging has brought to your life.
    And I hope you know how much your blogging brings to everyone in yours.

  9. Great list! Couldn’t agree more with #3. I can’t believe all the amazing people I’ve met through twitter & blogging. And, like you, a lot of them I haven’t even met in real life but still turn to for a laugh or support.

  10. I would never have believed there was such an amazing community and that I would grow to become such close friends with people I’d never met in person. In fact, I’m closer friends with my online ladies than I’ve ever been with an “IRL” friend. Pretty sweet, if you ask me!

  11. Girlfriend you rocked it outta the park! I can’t even begin to tell you which of your top ten I agree with most… just hen I think I can pick one the others shine just as brightly! Right now, COMMUNITY is my number 1. It’s so nice to be able to share with others and know that when you need it most, someone will let you know that you are not alone. Thanks for ALL you have done to inspire me to be a better blogger! Rock on Mrs. S.!!!

  12. Loved this! Funny, I’ve been thinking about blogging lately and why I do it, and really if I should continue doing it. Sometime I wonder what I’m “looking” for.
    But then I read a post like this, and I’m reminded of what a terrific outlet it is. And yes, I love that you refer to your blog as your “home!”

  13. Great list! 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. You had no idea you could write? Really??!!! I’m shocked by that – I look up to you as a writer, and to here you say that is just crazy 🙂

    • really. I didn’t know. I have spent so long teaching writing and reading other people’s writing, that I really never did any of my own. This past year has been me starting a new hobby…with lots of lovely ladies pushing and pushing me!

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