Confession Time

Hi. My name is Photoqueen, and I read a lot of blogs. So many, in fact, that I’ve had to start using Google Reader (thanks to my friend, Amber, for mentioning this great service!).

I know this does not really come as a surprise, considering how many of my posts revolve around other people’s blogs. But I’ll tell you, I do have some good reasons for reading blogs. First of all, it’s fun. Oh, good reasons. Right. Okay, well, it’s often research. Occasionally for work and often for my quest to become an editor. Researching the publishing industry has led me to some great sites. As has my journey to becoming a better home-maker, complete with clean floors and home-cooked meals.

And that brings me to my point (after only two paragraphs, eh?). One of my very favorite sites is called Confessions of a Pioneer Woman. It’s written by a mom/wife/cook/photographer/blogger who lives on a ranch in Oklahoma. She has a huge blog following, and it’s no wonder. I was originally drawn in by her yummy recipes and stayed for her amazing photography (and tips).

But as I’ve continued to read about her and her life, I’ve been impressed by her love for her family. She just puts it right out there, unashamed, for everyone to see. And in the comments of one of her recent posts, one reader mentioned that this is the very reason why she loves reading this blog. She said it’s refreshing to hear a woman speak lovingly about her husband and lift him up, instead of tear him down. That was really encouraging and a little convicting to me, all at the same time.

So, today I’m wondering:

  • What do you hope readers gain from your blog?
  • Is there a blog or site you visit that is particularly inspiring or encouraging?

Comments

  1. chelleybutton says:

    Hmm. My blog doesn't really have a point, I don't think. (Maybe that's why I don't get as many comments as I'd like.;) I guess I mostly just want to entertain or vent or something. And I hope I can make people laugh sometimes &/or encourage them, and I also try not to offend people (but that doesn't always work;). And the only other blogs I read are my friends'! I don't think I should necessarily go out searching for more b/c I'd just spend all my time on them! ;)

  2. melilotnfosco says:

    i wouldn’t dare go out looking for more! i can hardly keep up with the ones i read now!

    and i don’t know that mine has a point either. i just like doing it (and like comments all the more!).

  3. chelleybutton says:

    yep, i think that’s it — my main goal is to get comments ;)

  4. melilotnfosco says:

    since commenting on this post, i’ve been sucked into two previously unknown blogs. crap.

  5. I aspire to be one of those bloggers who has a point. Or a theme. But the reality is, like all of us, my life is so all over the place that if I use my life for material – my blog is going to be all over the place.

    Mainly I want all 4 of my readers to have a sense of “Oh good, I’m not the only one…” I hope that the things I write encourage others to face their own goofy realities. Mine just happens to be the life of a young(ish) mom and wife trying to follow Jesus…

  6. After thinking about my own question, I realized that my motivation for blogging is pretty selfish. Truth is, I just like talking about myself – and I thought this was a good way to do it. I really want to have more of a theme, but I haven’t figured that out yet.

    Another thing I really like is starting conversations about topics. Making people (and myself!) think about things, question things.

    I probably should have thought about why I wanted to blog…before I started blogging. :)

  7. The whole blog thing is a little odd at times. It makes me laugh and cringe at the same time when I think about how I’m just talking about myself and things in my life all the time. Seems so self-centered. I enjoy the interaction with others when they leave comments. I do fortunately have several regular readers but I always get nervous when I’m bold to ask a question, wondering if anyone will answer! My blog is very random and all over the place with no theme. Wow, so is this comment! I have a mixture of blogs I read that are funny, serious, inspiring, etc. I also enjoy Pioneer Woman. Ok, I’ll shut up now. Bye :)

  8. I just thought of an inspiring blog to tell you all about. It’s part of Christianity Today, and it’s called Gifted for Leadership. It’s for women in leadership or with the gift of leadreship. Sometimes the articles (posts) are things I disagree with or am not interested in, but other times, they’re great. You should check it out! (Even though you all said the last thing you need is more to read!)

    http://blog.christianitytoday.com/giftedforleadership/