Monday, July 05, 2010

It was 5 Years Ago Today . . .

Happy Blogiversary to me!

How has blogging changed my life for the better? Let me count the ways . . .

  • My writing has improved. 
  • Being able to articulate ideas (my own original ones and the ideas of others) in writing has helped me dump bad ideas, solidify good ideas, and create new ideas. 
  • Having those ideas explicit and ready in my mind helps me live a better, happier life overall. I can work through bad things in a better way, and enjoy great things even more!
  • I understand myself better, and that's a good thing. Highly recommend that.
  • Getting all that practice in articulating ideas--especially Objectivism and Positive Discipline--has opened up so many career possibilities for the future.
  • I have connected with so many other people who share my ideas about different topics--philosophy, homeschooling, Positive Discipline, parenting, food allergies, politics, and even sense of humor. I LIKE THIS. 
  • I feel like I have created my own little network of people who add value to my life. I can turn to them with a question about a food allergy, or a musing about a homeschooling challenge, or a particular philosophical issue. We can connect here (or on Twitter or email, etc.) and discuss real ideas and make our lives BETTER.
  • And sometimes, I can connect with those folks IN REAL LIFE, too. I have learned that I'm much more social than I'd ever given myself credit for. I'm still an introvert, yes, but I want friends and experiences with people who add value to my life. And I find myself in the center of events (certainly this past weekend!) where I'm able to do just that--spend time with great people who share my values.

All because my sister suggested I start a blog. Thanks, sis!

And also because people started reading it and commenting--so thanks to you, too!

And because of my hard work. So thanks, me!

PS: I will write about MiniCon very soon--it was a huge success, no matter how you look at it. So many people told Kelly and me that they enjoyed it. The PD classes went well, and I discovered something: I enjoyed teaching them! (I wasn't sure how I'd feel about that.) The social events were fun. The kids had fun. The fireworks were fun and train-filled. Our house guests were fun. So, generally, "fun" seemed to be the consensus. Thanks to everyone who worked hard to pull this off, and to everyone who came!


Darren said...


Marlis said...

Congratulations! That is an achievement.

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

And it goes both ways--your blog has certainly enriched my life by causing me to think about the world differently. Thanks for expanding my world!

And soon I will be sending Flat Ryan home!

Kate Yoak said...

You have touched my life in completely unpredictable ways. Hmmm... Shoved is perhaps a more appropriate term. I am still staggering from the impact, insure of which way I am really heading or where I will end up. Howver, I do know that I have experienced one of the biggest shifts of my life.

For the first time since becoming a mom, I feel connected to other people, thanks to the O lists and people I have found in this blog, like Kelly, Amy and others. I have learned about the value of blogging and what makes a valuable blog. I have changed my diet and lifestyle and thanks to that transformation, have recovered my sense of life.

So, yeah, congrats! You are doing an amazing thing. Tell your sister, I said thanks! :-)