Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Pick Me!

There is a blog contest going on. Mabel's Labels is having one and oh my gosh there are not enough words I can use to say just how badly I want to go to the BlogHer '09. So when I saw this contest I thought I would give it a shot.

Answer the question: What have been the rewards and benefits of participating in the blogging community?

Blogging has changed my life as it has forced me to let down some of my walls. I’ve threatened my children to behave better or I’ll blog about it. My husband is patient with me as he knows if I’m honked off chances are it will end up in a blog post. It has been a way for me to keep my sanity while finding others. It has been therapy gone blog.

I discovered blogging while I was going through a lot of depression. I was around people but just felt disconnected. My own life is busy with home schooling and family stuff that anything extra was hard to do let alone finding the time to do it in. I could blog when I had the time rather than try to schedule it in. I started reading what other’s were going through and I didn’t feel so alone.

I’ve met some incredible women that I never would have ‘met’ in real life. I have laughed until I peed myself, cried buckets of tears, cheered for their triumphs, prayed for them when life gave them sorrows or just a hard time. I’ve been moved by their faith in difficult times, felt encouraged to keep going on in my own struggles. I've also been awed by that strong drive to achieve whatever is set before them even if it’s just another casserole dish. I've been inspired on many levels as a mom, a wife, a woman.

I’m honored to have glimpsed into these women’s lives and humbled that they come back to read from my blog. We all laugh and understand when the topic of blogging addiction comes up. If I were to see them in real life I would scream with happiness, hop up and down, and cry all at the same time. Hopefully security won't be alarmed and drag us away.

I have found a family of sorts through blogging. There are times I feel more myself around my blogging friends than the people I see on a regular basis. They get IT which is blogging, as well as they get that part which is me.


Caitlin Madden said...

Thank you for your great entry to Mabel's Labels BlogHer contest!

"Therapy gone blog" I think you need to trademark that!!

Best of luck!
Caitlin from Mabel's Labels

Debbie said...

I hope you win! And yes, this community we have built is the best!

Kaye Butler said...

Wonderful post! You put into words exactly how I feel about bloggin too.

I hope you win.

Is there any voting we need to do?

Edwina at The Picket Fence said...

You should win, you posted about the true meaning of blogging. There is nothing that beats a true blogging friend :) said...

Good luck. I hope you win.

Joanna said...

Kaye - no way to vote just cross fingers and think happy thoughts. :)

grandmamargie said...

I didn't cross my fingers but I am thinking happy thoughts for you and praying that you win. Go Girl.

Sarah said...

Great post and GOOD LUCK!

Julie said...

I SO agree with you!! ... I sure hope you win!!!! Good luck!

Anna K. said...

Well, after that post, I'd send ya on down the road, BlogHer 09, that is.

I agree and think that "therapy gone blog" should be your trademark. Put it on a t-shirt, honey!

Leigh@intentslife said...

Well said! My fingers and toes are crossed. If you win does this mean I'm along for the ride?!? :)

Joanna said...

Leigh - heck yeah you're coming! Even if I have to stuff you in my suitcase! hee hee

jubilee said...

OooOOOooOOOo! I hope you win! "Therapy gone blog" is priceless. You should win on that phrase alone. *hugs*

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