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!