Unseen Benefits of Blogging

I’ve been blogging for nearly 6 years, which sort of boggles my mind if I stop to think about it.  Just think of all the house-cleaning that could have been accomplished! Instead, I was attached by my fingertips to a computer keyboard.  Now, I’m semi-attached to a computer keyboard at work several days each week and it has taken away from my blogging time — so much so that I have been remiss in blogging on a regular basis.  Housework continues to suffer, and so does holiday decorating. I may or may not be ready for Jen’s 6th Annual Holiday Homes Tour.

But enough about the remaining fall decorations, Mt. Washmore and the kitchen floor — this is about the benefits of blogging!

Over the past five or six years, I have hosted a giveaway or two of my own; I’ve also been the lucky recipient of a handful armful of prizes and giveaways via the blogs of other folks. I’ve been blessed with several books (Jenn and Jen), a box full of pink goodies, a Tassimo coffee maker! (perfect timing for a college student), and among other things I’m sure that I have failed to name, my most recent blessings of a lovely Mollytogs bag via Jen on the Edge and a delicious (I’m trying so very hard to savor it slowly) chocolate bar from Green Girl in Wisconsin.  My intent had been to share photos of some of these things… but between the whole BUSY! BUSY! BUSY! gig I’ve got going on and the theme of this post (“unseen”), you’ll just have to take my word for it.

Of course, the best unseen benefits of blogging come from the friendships that have developed over time. You have sustained me through the aftermath of 2 moves across the country and the settling into a new home/neighborhood/town.  You’ve pulled me out of the winter doldrums, celebrated with me as kids have graduated from high school, gone to college, and gotten married; you’ve sympathized when one kid totaled the car and when another one was brought home by the Sheriff’s Deputy (there was also the time when I called the Sheriff because he hadn’t come home). You’ve cried with me when my mother passed away, and you’ve laughed with me — and made me laugh and smile — more times than I could ever count.  I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that you’ve helped to keep me sane.

I’ve only met with and seen a few of you, but please know that you are a blessings in my life, each one of you. Your friendship is the best benefit of blogging.