One of my newer young blog friends, Jennifer of JRU Studios made a post about Blog Reading Habits last week. I found it very interesting and have continued to pond-er (ha!) my own habits, while becoming more curious about other's. Jennifer is a wonderful and artistic soul. Please treat yourself to a visit.
It is no secret that I started blogging as a way for my daughter and I to keep up with each other's lives after she moved away. That remains one of my primary motivators. But, blogging has grown to mean more to me than I could have imagined.
My choice of blog reading is very eclectic. I enjoy a variety of types that range from far left to far right, from country to city, young to old, decadence to simplicity... my own interests and some I'm not at all interested in ever doing. LOL! I like photography and knitting and art. I love creating a home and all that means (though I am not a decorating person, I do like to watch others do it. ;) ). I love food for the soul and food for the body. Family is important to me; which can look many different ways, but you know it when you see it.
I asked myself what the common denominator was... and it goes back to a recurring theme throughout my life: the fascination with the human spirit and those who desire to live their best and fullest life. There are as many venues for that as there are blogs.
My dearest favorites are blogs (and the comments between the two of us) that have become a long conversation between friends... A place where I have come to know and appreciate this person as a part of my life. I stay engaged and continue commenting with people who respond and seem interested in developing that kind of connection. Though not always the case, I will most times disengage if that does not seem true.
My reading habits vary with my schedule. Most often, I read with my first cup of coffee. I will read anytime I have a moment to take a break and sometimes at the end of the day. Some days, none of that happens. I prefer blog posts that aren't too long (Ooops!) or too frequent. It becomes harder to keep up with everyone.
I enjoy commenting. That has deep roots in my marathon running days. I LOVED the encouragement I received from spectators on the sideline; that encouragement could lift me and give me new wind.
And, I discovered when I would finish my marathon and could go back to encourage and cheer for others, that I LOVED CHEERING OTHERS EVEN MORE!! After I stopped running marathons, if I was anywhere near one, I would go to cheer. To see a tired and almost spent soul's eyes light and their step get a little stronger as you offer them encouragement, well you should give it a try sometime. The gift will be yours to receive. I will tell you I have shed many tears of joy as I cheered runners along the sidelines. Oh, the beauty of the human spirit overcoming!! Simply breathtaking. Food for my soul.
A side note on that: The really fast runners never really seem to notice the encouragement offered to them. It is the mid-packers to back-of-the-packers who need that encouragement most. I keep that in mind, too.
My peeps are little different that Jennifer's. I would love to hear from you on this topic.
- What makes you choose a blog to read?
- What are you reading habits?
- What makes you leave a comment?
- Do you read without commenting (guess that one may be hard to get an answer for!)
- What does blogging mean to you?
blessings ~ tanna