Wednesday, January 14, 2015

::Blogging among Friends, Family and Strangers-

 

When I began blogging I had no idea what to expect.  I certainly didn’t think I’d land in the midst of such good company! At the time, I didn’t want to put myself out there so plainly—So, I blogged anonymously and that was SAFE,right?  

Better to be judged by a few strangers, than open yourself up to ridicule by your family any day!

I truly have no idea why I thought that—but I did.  I threw out the thoughts on unconditional love, Blood being thicker than water and HOME being a refuge—safe place.  I knew I was different, a bit quirky and an outright throw-back to another time and place.  

So, I came here and I blogged.

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But from the beginning::

I’ve actually been blogging much longer than Corn in My Coffee-pot—when I first started blogging I was on a homeschooling platform and mainly wrote about my teens, school, and life in a FULL HOUSE!   A DULL-ROAR—that was the name of the blog.  It’s no longer there—I moved the files to blogger and resumed writing with a similar URL, different blog name – about spiritual matters, Faith in God, and my personal bible studies.   I began studying things with spiritual eyes—I had things opened up to me, that I hadn’t understood before.  After a short while—I was overwhelmed with the responsibility of the Gospel.   Some of it pretty deep.  In fact, I was in new territory for myself.  

I was dealing with the scriptures in a way that was relieving but at the same time, I had wrong doctrines so ingrained within me—that it became a struggle.  Anyone that knew me and knew about my THEN blog—often told me it was deep or over their heads.  I closed it. I keep it private. 

Not out of fear of people or shame—please don’t mis-understand; but out of Reverence for God.  What He has shown me in my quiet times—was for THIS WOMAN.   Maybe in another time;  I might be to a point of sharing it.

Instead, I moved on an decided to let my light shine in other areas, doing what I love, chatting, sharing about homemaking and being frugal and making do;  I began sharing about the resources God has blessed me with here in our home and becoming the best steward I could be with what we are blessed to receive.  I truly thought, I’d be sharing all this with young moms!

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And NOW::

Well, guess what?!

While I Do have some young moms that pop in on occasion—usually they write me directly instead of comments; I mainly have an opportunity to talk with women my own age, middle-aged women, older moms, early Grandmas and Retirees or close to it!  YOU!

I still share all the ways I make our “fixed income” stretch! 

Is that where I thought I’d go with this little blog? No! I don’t blog a lot of recipes, but instead how to stretch the food budget, gardening, and raising chickens and crafting; sewing, crocheting, re-purposing, etc.

Am I a mommy blogger?  SURE! a grand-mommy blogger. Do I blog about raising my kiddos? No. instead I write about having our Littles be a big part of our daily lives!

Do I blog about magazine worthy rooms?  No, instead I blog about making our home comfortable.  Though, eclectic – it is suited to our tastes and our needs on a budget.  A small very limited budget.  But we are comfortable with that. 

I had my ‘blog-iversary’ for this blog in September—I began it about 6 years ago. Couple that with the previous 2 blogs and  I’ve been blogging almost 10 years!

You’d think I’d be further along this avenue.  Here I am still trying to figure things out. As to the ANONYMOUS  blogging—I recently, connected my blog QUITE openly with my  Instagram account—adding the blog link to my profile.  I have family and friends that follow along there—mostly blogging friends, but some close relations. Anyway--

--the Cat is more or less out of the bag, as they say. 

My life is an open book really.

When I sat down to write today, I really had no idea what I was going to write about—I just knew I felt a little bit chatty today.  I suppose I felt like saying--

If you, my family or friends (new and old alike)  have come here from Instagram… Say hello!  Leave me a comment.  No LURKING ALLOWED Y’ALL!

To my regular readers--- Thank You, really.  For always letting me share my heart—for your kindness and encouragement!  It really does feel like HOME here. ;)

 

‘Til next time, Be Blessed~

      Patricia



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“ Whatever you DO, do your work heartily as for the LORD, rather than for men, Knowing that from the LORD you will receive the reward of the inheritance.  It is the LORD Christ whom you serve.” ~Colossians 3: 23-24

15 comments:

Nancy Mahlendorf said...

Interesting about your blogs. Oh I like the old pencil sharpener in the photo.....sometimes I think I share too much but I am known to babble. I really enjoy your blog and yes it's like friend and family...now wipe yer feet and shut the door lol!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Good read and thoughts today Patricia.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Is that your pencil sharpener on the wall? I love it, would like to find one myself! There are some things that were so common not too long ago that you just never see anymore.

Kristina said...

We too have a hand crank pencil sharpener. Keep writing Pat! I think we all somewhat change here and there with our content. This winter I am struggling to find a topic or anything exciting.

Shug said...

I enjoy blogs that are just open to life and you do just that.....you share challenges and you share ways of surviving life. You also share a lot of joy and happiness... I enjoy visiting and will continue to do so....Have a Blessed Day, Friend....

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Blogs are always evolving...and I think they work best when we share what we do...and we tend to attract readers interested in the same things!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I have been blogging about 6 years too! I am hooked. I have my blog friends who I feel like I have known all my life. Blogging is so much more than pretty pictures. It is penpals all over the world!

holli said...

I've always enjoyed your honesty and I've followed your blog for the last 3 years.

The Boston Lady said...

I remember when I first started blogging, I didn't want anyone I knew in RL to know! LOL. Then I slowly told people or they discovered it. I thought I'd be blogging a lot about my dogs and cats, which I did, but it ended up being a place where I could share my family's ups and downs over time, as well as document Mr T's and my journey in life. Now I'm not sure where my blog will take me, but one thing I do know, my blog somehow connected me to YOU! I'm not sure exactly how it happened, but boy am I glad it did! I've enjoyed hitching a ride on your life's journey and I appreciate how honest and true to yourself you always are. Big Hug! Ann

Michelle Hillard said...

I don't remember how I found your blog, was it a Linky party? I do thank God for it, though. It looks like my life experiences are just a bit behind yours. I am so hesitant to link my blog up to Pinterest, not because of family, but because of the last few friends we have from a church we left a few years ago. We've had our first peaceful, drama-free years since leaving there, and I just dread the thought of any of them back in our lives in any way! It has been encouraging to have a few women like you to slowly start sharing with. I think eventually sharing myself will get easier as good relationships grow!

Kris said...

I am one of your newer followers. Very well said blog post!
xo Kris

A Daughter of the King said...

I'm so happy I found you, Patricia.

Gail Wilson said...

I've been with ya so long, I feel like we're "old friends" Patricia!

I'll be sure to watch for you in IG (when I'm there)

as a good friend tells me often "I appreciate cha"

gail

Susan said...

Okay trying again to comment. I have been following you for years. I don't comment very much so guess that makes me a lurker;) I started with A Dull Roar. I loved the spiritual side. You caused me to dig deep, grow and be encouraged. I lost track of you blogging after you stopped A Dull Roar. Found you again by accident through Pinterest. You have a real gift Pat, I mean Patricia:). Reading your blog is always a blessing! Can't wait to come and see your floor!

Debbie said...

I'm a newbie to your blog and am enjoying it a lot!! Keep up the good work :)