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Blogging: digital crafting?


Tightwad LOVES to blog, and a comment from a pal the other day (the gal who came to Sex and the City with me) got me thinking. She asked me (as a non-blogger) 'what's with the blogging thing?' I've decided that blogging can be pretty easily likened to crafting. I used to crochet and do needlework. Sure it was the late 70's and my blankets were a quite alarming shade of orange and brown, but I was creating something that I loved and I found the time that I spent doing it to be sootheing and restorative. It was impulsive. It was engaging. And, in fact, a quick check of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary tells me that crafting is defining as 'to make or produce with care, skill, or ingenuity.' I also think of community building when I think of crafting, and blogging has also opened a huge online community of other moms, professionals, fruggies and foodies, and others who share their passions and hobbies on a digital platform that is accessible worldwide. Blogging allows you to create, develop skills, inform and learn. What do YOU think?

9 comments:

Alisha said...

Oh! Good question! I think blogging is kind of like a quilting bee, where a bunch of ladies get together doing one thing and getting to talk about whatever. Or its kind of a coffee date with your pals, some you don't know in real life. I love it. Too many people are too quick to judge you on sight to really get to know you. I have made lots of new pals, learned several new skills and interests since I started blogging last July. I love learning new things. And as a homeschool mom who lives too far away from her support group, I love meeting new homeschool moms to toss ideas back and forth.

Sarah @ Mum In Bloom said...

I totally agree. It has been a great creative outlet for me and I have so much fun doing it. I found a great way to express myself in blogging and draw inspiration from others.. like you!

Amy said...

New to blogging world but kinda starting to 'get it' I love reading other blogs and am never let down when searching blogs for ideas and inspiration. In time, I hope it becomes a true creative outlet for me.

Cheryl said...

I'm with you. Though, for me, it's much more fun than some of the craft work I've done in the past as this is a much larger community and I don't have to sew up the hems by hand. (Hated the finishing bits). Very addictive!

Pam said...

Sharing something you love and learning what others have to teach makes blogging so worthwhile. Also, I think being able to "see a little bit into other's lives and their day to day beings is better than any "reality" show out there. Blogging is just fun! Pam @ Sallygoodin

Emm said...

I definitely agree. The care we take to make our blogs look good and the hours we spend creating posts is certainly creative and artistic!

Dori said...

I love blogging. It gives me an opportunity to share my experiences as an expat and just connect with others out there. It's a great way to see the world from so many perspectives. By the way, I love your blog :-)

Charlotte said...

I couldn't agree more. I think blogging is such a creative outlet and it's allowed me to reconnect with my writing, something I've pretty much abandoned over the years. It's also such a great way to connect to other people who have shared experiences :)

I love your blog! Stopping in from the Lady Bloggers Tea Party.

Mommycrat said...

Like crafting? Yeah, I agree with that. A pastime that I now choose to learn and invest time in learning to do better.

I'm new to blogging (again - I did it a few years back - but dang! things have changed some!) and I'm currently enjoying finding those out there with similar interests - and those who are moms blogging from Canada - because early on that seemed pretty slim.

As for allowing me to create? That's what I'm hoping. An outlet for creative writing, which I enjoyed in high school (quite a bit ago now) and hope to nurture again through blogging.

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