Monday, December 31, 2012

This Year's Experiment

About 6 years ago I discovered blogs, and I absolutely loved the medium.  Loved the pictures, the personal touch, and the way I could be connected to real people, not just celebrities.

I started my own blog soon after.  Finally at the beginning of last year I decided to give an honest year to it as a business endeavor.  To me an "honest year" included posting every day.  I'm not sure if that was a good choice or a bad one, but it let me really share a lot.

I had several reasons to really do a lot of blogging.  One was business, but the other was a personal scrapbook of our journey/adventure of buying this home and attempting to make it livable.  It is definitely that...even though there are lots of detailed projects still to do.

Another reason was as a form of therapy for some intense pain and trauma I had experienced the year before.  2011 was horrible for me.  Even in my youth I had never experienced the level of bullying, betrayal and social isolation that I experienced.  Oh, and the manipulation into a bad building experience.  Thankfully God swooped in and rescued me before it went too far.  But knowing it almost/could/did happen caused  a host of things I needed to heal from.  So I thought this blog could help with that.

Conclusion?  Public forums aren't really the best therapy.  Face to face time with a counselor is awesome.  Talk time with real friends is awesome.  Personal spiritual time is awesome.  And journaling is one of my favorite helps.  But public blogging lacks a little.

So my conclusion for myself, and advice to you if you want some:  is keep a personal journal.  I've returned to mine the last few weeks and I realized how much it helped me.  I keep many of my prayers in there.  It's easier sometimes for me to write than try to express those feelings and questions in my head.  When I write I can also clearly express the experiences and moments that happen later when my prayers are answered.


  1. Public forums lend themselves to far too much misunderstanding. I'm glad that you are finding outlets that help. I'm working on my own outlets.

  2. I'm glad you have found an outlet that works for you. I may have to try writing down my prayers. That sounds likea really good idea!

  3. I tend to agree with you regarding personal journal.
    I'd find it hard to discus my problems on public forums

  4. I also keep a journal (several, in fact--a normal, everyday journal where I write down all my thoughts and prayers; a birthday journal, a new year's journal, a gratitude journal), and it is the best thing for helping me identify, sort, and deal with feelings, attitudes, and desires!

    2011 was my worst year for a variety of grief-filled reasons. I got back into writing and started the blog in 2012 because it was a good outlet for the writing. I find I can't write about something until I've gotten a good grasp on it through my own journaling first. Glad you have also found journaling to be helpful.

    I found your blog through the Find a Friend Friday link on the Sew Many Ways blog.

    Deb Weaver

  5. Bobi~
    Great post. I've only been following you for a little while so I haven't had the opportunity to catch up on all that has happened, but I will say a prayer that 2013 will be a wonderful blessing of healing and spiritual growth and renewal for you.
    I've been blogging for about 8 years I think and I too quickly found out that putting everything out there for the cyber world to read and see isn't all that great.

    Blessings to you my blog friend..


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