Why do I write a Blog? That is a good question, one I often ask myself. “Why am I doing this?”, I say aloud as I pull at my hair. I struggle to write. So much time and effort goes into every blog I post. It is a love/hate relationship and I sometimes wonder if it is worth it.
I don’t think of myself as a writer. I know very little about proper sentence structure and composition. Noun and verb are just four letter words as far as I’m concerned. Perhaps, you wouldn’t be too surprised to learn it took me five attempts to pass freshman english. Yet here I am, years later, writer of a blog.
I recently had a chance to sit down and talk to a fellow blogger. I have been following Betty’s blog, Chambers on the Road, for more than a year. It’s an informative account of her and her husband’s camping experiences, as-well-as some light-hearted everyday adventures when they are not on the road. She is a very talented crafter and shares a number of her projects. An on going post about a dollhouse restoration is a favorite. I am a big fan of Betty’s blog. She is funny and witty and her blog is a good read. I imagine she is a natural born writer. I encourage you to check it out at Chambersontheroad.com.
Betty reads my blog. She is one of just a handful that comments on my posts. When I started blogging, I never thought anyone other than family and a few close friends would be interested in what I was writing about. I have to say, I was surprised when others started reading. I appreciate Betty’s comments and the encouragement it gives me.
When I told Betty we would be camping near her home, she suggested a meetup. Her and her husband Dan would come to our campsite and we could sit outside for a chat. That sounded like a great idea to me. When they arrived, Betty had a big smile and an enthusiastic wave. She was outgoing and I immediately felt connected. My introverted soul did not feel the uncomfortable awkward feeling I usually get when I meet someone for the first time. It was like I already knew her.
Betty brought a cake and fresh sliced strawberries. Grammi had a peach pie. We were all set for a wonderful evening chat. We talked about a lot of different things. Betty told us about their recent camping trip. She also shared some big news. You will have to read her blog to find out what that news was. Here is the link. Mostly we talked about our blogs. We talked about the time and effort we put into writing our blogs. We talked about some of the difficulties. When the subject came up as to why we write our blogs, I learned we have similar reasons.
Basically, there are three reasons I write a blog. The first reason is to share Grammi and Grampa’s adventures with our family and friends, to let them know what we’re up to and where we’ve been, to show them we are doing well and having fun. I had a friend ask me to send updates while we were traveling. That lead me to consider a blog as a way of doing that. Even though we post to social media, a blog allows me to go into more detail. The majority of those who read our blog are, in fact, our family and friends.
The second reason I write a blog is to document our travels, to make a record for posterity. Sound corny? Maybe, but someday the grandchildren might like to read what Grammi and Grampa did while we were traveling around the country. In previous years when we traveled, I would keep a hand written journal detailing our daily activities. Those journals sit on the bookshelf in the office at home. I will occasionally pick one up and read a few pages. So it was just a natural transition for me to learn how to blog. I still have much to learn but I’m getting by.
I’ve taken our past blogpost and had them printed to a book. In my mind, it’s a tangible and more permanent record. I found a company online called PixxiBook. The quality of the book is very good. They look professional. My only problem is they move the photos around for easier printing. Obviously, they don’t understand the effort that goes into picking the right photo to go into the right place and in the right order. I feel they mess up the relationship between the story and the photo. I may look for a different option moving forward.
The third reason I write a blog is to share what we have learned during our travels. We go to a lot of places. We’ve had our ups and downs and we’ve learned a thing or two. Sharing our experiences may be of benefit to someone else. Little things like how much does it cost us to travel in our camper, did we like the places we stayed, or even a tire buying experience can be valuable information. We hope that sharing our experiences encourage our children, friends, and others to go RVing, to live life and seek adventure, not vicariously, but by doing it, because if we can do it so can anyone else.
That’s pretty much it. It’s not too complicated. I write to share our adventures with family and friends, to document it for posterity and to share what we’ve learned along the way with others. I know our family and friends look forward to reading every post. I am especially pleased there are people, like Betty, who enjoy reading what I write, too. It’s a gratifying feeling.
As the evening with Betty and Dan came to an end and the brisk cool breeze began to take a toll, I had a warm feeling. I enjoyed getting to know them more personally. It was good to chat with another blogger. I was a bit relieved to learn she experiences some of the same hurdles as I do. Knowing she has similar reasons for writing her blog was reassuring.
To answer the earlier question…Is it worth the effort? Yes, at this point I still think it is worth it. I will continue to write this blog for my family and friends, but I will keep in mind that there are others, like Betty, who read too. Although now, I can add Betty to the list of friends who read the blog.
Be sure to check out Betty’s blog at Chambersontheroad.com.
So until next time… Happy days and safe travel.