Ramblings of a Novice Blogger....
A friend called me today to encourage me about this blog. I cannot tell you how glad I was to hear that. How glad I've been each time any of you have told me the same thing! I said from the start that I need encouragement and I really did mean it! So thank you...to all of you! And please, please comment from time to time! Otherwise I have no idea if anyone is really even reading or if the number that's showing viewings on the stats is really just skewed from all the times I refresh my own screen in hopes that maybe this time there will be a comment! HA! (I should note here that I feel so silly for just admitting that!)
Tonight I was nursing Little Bit at bedtime (don't worry, I won't be doing it til he's like 48 months or anything, but I'm just not done yet!) and when i finished praying for him, my mind started to wander onto all the fun things i want this blog to be. And all the things i don't want it to be too. (I'm thankful for good friends who will probably take me out if I inadvertently venture into being a blogging bummer...or worse, if you all become privy to what should really be a super personal journal with a lock on it! )
And if you'll let me be honest with you (which actually I'll always do anyways) I'll tell you why I've never done this whole blogging thing before.
I was scared.
When it comes to this sort of thing, when anyone can read what you write, I honestly think to myself "What on earth could I write that people would want to read...or much less follow?!" And part of me is still a little uncomfortable with that whole notion, because honestly it feels to me somehow...
arrogant. (And isn't that a dirty little word that noone wants said about them?!)
But here's what I've been learning about myself and I think maybe about other people too. People love when you pour yourself and your gifts into them. And don't we always inadvertently get filled up some too when we can do that for others?!
That's what I want to do here. And I hope...truly hope, that by trying to recognize areas that I may be good at something, or willing to try but fail at, or just by being authentically me...that you'll all feel poured into...somehow. Because doesn't it feel good to walk around with your cup a little fuller?! And if I can do something like encourage you to feel more confident in who you are... by making you feel more confident in the kitchen... just by sharing something like "How to cut an onion"....then count me in! And I know, by sharing and loving on you all in ways that I actually do know how...I'll be somehow better for it too.
And I LOVE time with my friends...I mean, I LOVE IT! So ,here we are...friends!
I have a favor to ask of you too. Please comment and tell me things that you think would be fun to read about...your own ideas too! If I know about it, I'll do my best to do your topic justice, and if not, then I'll do my best to find someone who can and have guest posts. ( Well, for that reason and because even I don't want to hear my own voice all the time!)
And just a taste of the list I've been keeping on my fridge (still too nervous after the dog bowl incident with my last phone to keep something important on it!)
Drum roll please.... Get out your dessert plates friends...the cart is wheeling by!!!!
*My favorite cookbooks...that I (and now you) shouldn't live without
*Some kids books that I really think deserve some public love
*Recipes galore...easy, fancy, easy and fancy, ones for company, ones for leftovers, ones for you to sneak down and eat a snibble of in the middle of the night (those are my personal favorites!)
*How To...do things like...arrange flowers, time a meal, cook for food allergies, makeover a room for $200 or less
* Gifting...ideas (I LOVE to give gifts...and if i had enough money to do it all the time...i would. You'd all open your mailbox tomorrow and find presents! Even though I hate going to the post office with 2 small children...really, it's the worst place to go with kids i think...well, there or the OB.
*Parties - some I throw, and some I go to (because I have some pretty fun party throwing friends too!)
*Probably I'll drop some Food for Thought on you from time to time as well...because if I've paused to think about it, well sometimes it's just nice to have some company in your pause.
Hopefully we'll just keep on trucking with loads of fun new stuff too. Sometime, when I think of something good, and I'm sure enough people are reading to make it fun, I think it'd be a blast to do a give-away. I don't know what I'd give-away or what for yet (doesn't that sound wildly enticing?! LOL), but I read about it on someone else's blog one time and like I said before...who doesn't love getting presents in the mail?!
And I'm gonna tell you now, and I'll do my best to fix it, but I am horrible about these stupid capital "i's." I must not hold down the shift key long enough or something, but they make me crazy...and apparently make my friend L crazy as well, because she told me there are too many lower cased i's in my posts! ( Love my friend L...you know who you are...because really i have lots of friends who's names start with L!) See there...just happened again! Dang it! So, I'm sorry...spell check misses them too! (the only reason there aren't too many in this post is because I manually have changed them...it's taken forever...I probably won't do that much more!)
Ok friends! Thanks for letting me into your reading list! Or your drab cubicle, or your cheery cubicle, or your kitchen table, or your favorite chair. I hope this adventure is as much fun for you as it has been so far for me!
PS. Tomorrow I'm going to teach you how to make the MOST AMAZING shrimp and grits. (If you are from up north and can't get grits...you have to let us know...I'm sure with enough southern people on here, we can get you some grits!) Hello...do i hear my first give-away?!
Why yes I do! Hmmm....but what for? Ok, whoever has the post idea that makes me so excited that I have to do it immediately... wins! Grits! And i'll mail them to you! From the dreaded post office!