To all of you who so often include the phrase Blog Stalker in your comments:
This is a public blog. While I spend a lot of time talking about my family, it is not a typical online scrapbook kind of blog. I spend some time reviewing books, but this is not a literary review blog, nor is it a design blog or a cooking blog. All of those things are a part of any mother's job description and, as the MotherShip, I blog about my job.
In the same breath, however, it is not a publicized journal. I do not tell you everything that happens and you do not get a blow-by-blow account of the day's events. You know a lot about me, but you don't know (at least from this source) my children's names or my location and I try not to reveal other information that could compromise my security. (Yes, I know that if someone was really intent to find out that information about me, they certainly could; I want to make it a little harder, at the very least.)
There are pictures of my children for the grandparents and the aunts, but this blog was not intended to be just a watch them grow montage. Even though we are far apart, if I relied on a blog to keep us connected, I would certainly be failing my children. They would get nothing out of such a one-sided conversation.
I write a blog because I am interested in a conversation. Because we home school and I do not work outside of the home, I have limited adult interaction. I discovered that the blog was a way for me to connect with like-minded people the world over. I put my thoughts, discoveries, and frustrations, as well as the funny or trying moments out on the web all in an attempt to see that I am not alone and to show others in the same boat that they are not alone. We gain strength from each other and, even though I don't know you in real life, your comments strengthen me and help me grow. If I have given you courage to try sewing without a pattern or making bread, well, that is a big bonus.
I am nearing 500 posts, over these two and a half years, and have come to understand myself better. My semi-regular writing has helped me work out thoughts, struggle through problems and organize my mind. If those ramblings help someone through a similar situation or even if it just gives someone something to smile about that day, I have achieved one of my blogging goals.
There is one other reason I blog: to set an example. My chosen method of home education is heavily influenced by the mentor. If I want my children to read, I have to read. If I want them to learn geography, I have to learn it. If I want them to write, they have to see me writing. This isn't exactly pen-on-paper writing, but I am still making use of grammar, am trying to improve the clarity of my written communications and have drastically improved my spelling (a bane to me my entire school career).
So, please don't excuse yourself for visiting my blog. I want you here. If you didn't come and didn't read and didn't comment, blogging would lose most of its appeal.
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