Flip Side: On Writing


According to Wikipedia, there are currently 156 million different public blogs.    This number is daunting.   As one member of that 156 million I wonder what it would take to get noticed by more than my five loyal readers.   The fact that I used Wikipedia as a source is proof that I’m probably not willing to invest the kind of time in research that it would take to be noticed.

I asked a few of my regular readers why they thought I blogged.    These are the people who read my blog whether they want to or not.   They live with me or work with me or see me pretty frequently.   I think they might be worried that if they don’t read it I’ll ask them about it.   They are right.   Here are their off the top of their head responses:

My mother:   It’s fun.    (This is true.  It’s also a very supportive comment.)

My BFF:  Because you want people to know what is going on and you like to write.   (Very true, very supportive).

My sister:  She burst out laughing.   (I’m not sure what this means.  But the truth is that one of the reasons I blog is to make my sister laugh so I guess its working.   My favorite blogs are the ones where I watch her read them and she can’t breathe and tears are dripping down her face because she’s laughing so hard.)

My husband:  Because you need attention.   (ahhhh the ones who know us the best….)   To his credit, he was kidding.   I can tell when he’s joking because the corners of his eyelids crinkle and his eyes sparkle – it gives him away.  But just because he was joking does not mean it’s not true.

There are other reasons.    I blog because sometimes things I hear about in the world make me want to rant.    My poor family can only handle so many of my tirades against injustice.   Blogging forces me to rationally think through why I’m up in arms.  When I’ve managed to think it through, I feel better.   I can sleep.

It takes me about 45 mintues to do a single blog.    It’s like a mental workout.  I blog because sometimes life is hilarious.  I blog because sometimes life is painful.   I blog because it forces me to examine my attitudes.

I blog because sometimes God is so good that I want to shout out His praises.

I blog because my uncle blogs.   I’m trying my best to keep up.    Want to see why he blogs?  Check out www.doncanonge.com.

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9 responses to “Flip Side: On Writing

  1. Merri

    I’m all caught up – does that make me loyal reader #6? Anyway, I really enjoy reading them, so I’m glad you enjoy writing them.

    P.S. Wikipedia has come a long way. 🙂

  2. So What reader am I? 7! I wish I could blog like you! It would probably take me an hour and a half to blog because I would read it over and over again to make sure I am not Sharing to much! I like that you blog. It makes me feel close to you and your family even though I am 1800 miles away! Hey maybe I should start a blog living in Kansas and the new experiences that I have lived over the course of the 100 days I have lived here. I have been thinking of writing every time I read your blog! I do love to write and talk about my family and other things! Hmmm I think you inspired me! Maybe I will pick up my old blog and revamp the old Tremaine Family Blog or maybe I will start a new! 100 days in Kansas I think will be my first post! I have taken a couple weeks off from school so no better time to do something new! Maybe this will help me see what wonderful things I am experiencing! I know I have said it before, and I am not sure if you received my text but I miss you tons you as in the entire Chumbley, Mattson, Kastine Family. Please pass my Love onto Liberty!

  3. Stephanie Shetler

    I think you blog because your friend Stephanie feels like she’s getting a “Mindy hug” every time she reads a new blog, and life is just a little easier when you have an occasional Mindy hug, whatever form it may be in. I’m glad you write because I may not always get to tell you what an amazing person you are, especially in public, but here in the “Leave a Reply” specified location, I can do just that. Doing the foresaid makes me feel good. So it’s like a snowballing, feel-good, cyber hug. Reading the again previous foresaid is exactly why I don’t blog. Some people are good with words and some are not. I, being the third implied forsaid, I’m clearly not. Alright, my head hurts now. Wait, what was the question?
    Love you Mindy :O)

  4. Mike Chumbley

    Maybe you blog because you have a gift for writing that should not be wasted. I look forward to these blogs. They make me smile.

  5. Elaine

    So, it appears that you have more than 5 loyal readers! Which is not surprising at all. I love reading your blog Mindy. You have some wonderful insight to life. Keep it up!

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