Friday, November 15, 2013

I've Told You a Thousand Times!

Well, today is the big day! I've hinted at it all week!

OK, it is not that big of a day, but it is big enough to me that I feel I should mention it...

It is my 1000th post!

What?! That's crazy! I would never have started out with a plan to write 1,000 posts.  That is like giving myself 1,000 assignments. I'm way too busy to do that! What was I thinking?

When I realized I was nearing my 1000th post I actually felt kind of upset with myself. You see, one of the biggies on my bucket list is to write a book. I've actually got it started but I really don't often work on it. Yet, I find time to write a daily post. Sometimes that takes just a few minutes of my time but often I mess around at it quite awhile. I've also written quite a few posts that I discarded before I actually published them. I told Mike it made me sad that I'd used up so many precious hours on my blog instead of working on my novel. Mike said the nicest thing. He said, "Maybe this is more important."  It was a surprising comment but maybe he is right. It made me try to think of reasons my blogging may be worth the time I've spent on it.

1)  I documented bits of our family's life. I'm not very good at journalling and I do not keep up with our photo albums very well. Maybe this makes up for it a bit?

2) I get to show off photos of our beautiful grandchildren. That may seem pretty self-serving, but those girls have other relatives who live out of town and I know a couple of them look for those photos nearly every day.

3) Maybe someone read one of my efforts to inform regarding medical conditions. Perhaps someone I don't even know, after reading my blog, decided to get a life-saving colonoscopy. Maybe that didn't happen but maybe it did.

4) I've made new friends through my blog. Really! It takes the whole penpal idea to an entirely new level. 

5) It makes me exercise my brain a bit. Sometimes (often) I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to post about but I just start messing around and something comes out. At other times I see or hear something that makes me start mentally writing future blogs.

6) I've become much more interested in taking photographs. That leads me to seeing more beauty in my day. Really. I find myself "framing" visions as though I would photograph them, even when I don't have a camera with me.

7) The most important thing I try to do with my blog is to share my faith. I realize a lot of religions are not about evangelizing but Christianity is very much about sharing. When you are a part of something that brings such order and peace in the midst of such a chaotic world, why wouldn't you want to share it?

8) I look busy when I am writing a post. It gets me out of housework for a bit.

I don't write this blog because my life is so fascinating. I am fortunate enough to lead a pretty calm life. Many people have more interesting things happening in their lives. Many have deeper thoughts or more entertaining ways of expressing their ideas. I know this. I'm grateful, though, that blogging is available to all of us. All you need is internet access.  Oh, that just made me think of important reason #9!

9) I can encourage others to blog! You don't have to do it every day and you don't even have to tell anyone about it. If interested, just go to blogger.com and follow the instructions to get started.

You, too, could have many mornings that start like this...



See what I did there? I shared my faith with a photograph. 

It seems weird to stop with 9 reasons so let me think of a 10th....thinking...thinking... oh yeah!

10) It is fun!

So, to celebrate, I will do a little more of #2 before I close and get on with my day.  Enjoy!
















14 comments:

Michelle said...

Cute photos of the girls, and I love that mug--its message, its decoration, and its shape! And I do look forward to your blog each day. Congrats on reaching 1000 and please keep on keeping on!

Susie said...

Thanks, Michelle. You, too!

Allen said...

I have not read all 1,000 but a lot and enjoyed everyone.

Lisa (aka Mollie's mom) said...

They are beautiful. Blog in.

Pam Brewer said...

Congrats! I enjoy your titles. They're usually very creative and witty! I love double meanings and you come up with some wieners!

Valerie Van Voast said...

I love reading your blog. Please don't stop. I often get a good chuckle. Also love hearing about your family and seeing the pics. I've tried to blog and it ain't easy. Right away I figured out I really didn't have anything to say, dang it. You inspire me. Keep up the good work.

Sue said...

Thank you, Valerie! I enjoyed your blog and hope that you will continue to add to it from time to time. Ha! I often don't have anything to say but I just babble anyway.

Sue said...

You were part of my inspiration!

Sue said...

Thanks, Lisa!

Sue said...

You have been a loyal follower and friend. Thanks Allen!

Cindy Decker said...

Hey Sue, my brother, Larry Morris, started the same way but he wrote free flowing verse. He posts one everyday and now he has published a group of them in a book. You should check it out. It's on Amazon and the book is called Among Us. He has also published three books that came out of a writing club he sponsored at his church. He would be a great resource if you were interested in making a book from your blogs. You certainly could organize the chapters based on your top ten reasons you write a blog..... You're a great writer!

Sue said...

Thanks for telling me about that. I just went on Amazon and ordered it. Your encouragement is quite kind! I can't wait to read his book.

Sarah Purdy said...

Congratulations on reaching 1,000! That's a big accomplishment! I agree that blogging everyday has really made me be more present in my life and I also take a lot more pictures - especially when there's extended family around. You know, if you printed your blog posts, you would have a book! I've printed two volumes of my blog so far (I'm doing it every 6 months) and it's really simple and pretty inexpensive. I've used Blog To Print and it just imports everything right in and you get a bound, professional version to keep and thumb through at your leisure.
Congrats! Here's to the next 1,000!

Sue said...

Thanks, Sarah! I think I may have to look into that.

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