Well, this is my last post for NaBloPoMo. I am impressed that I made it every day (even if yesterday just ended up being 1/2 of what I wanted it to be!). I am glad I participated if only because I met some interesting bloggers along the way. I am going to have to go back and hunt for some more when I am not so focused on figuring out what to blog about every day!
I’ve also liked being able to focus on thankfulness. There have been several days when I have not felt very thankful… and probably even a few when thankfulness didn’t make it into my blog post for the day… but focusing on thankfulness this month has helped me find the little things to be thankful for in the midst of tough days or challenging situations. I am glad that I am going to be able to continue that focus through linking up with The Gratitude Community on Mondays (even though I ran out of time and never finished my post for yesterday… I’ll just have an extra long one next week!). I’ve (re)learned that although it is not always easy to be thankful in all circumstances, there is almost always something to be thankful for, even in tough circumstances.
I’ve started thinking a little more about why I am blogging. Blogging was originally a way for me to get out updates about family… or just try to make some sense of a rapidly changing life. It is faster than handwritten journaling… but more public as well… and I struggle with the same issues that I suppose any writer does. Am I writing to get recognition (in the form of comments if nothing more)? Am I writing to feel like I am part of a community? Is my blog truly showing who I am… and would I write it even if no one was reading? I keep thinking of a book I read in college on writing and some of the dilemmas inherent in writing about life. I probably should re-read that book. I’ve also skimmed and been thinking on a post I read about blogging as a Christian. Hmm… lots to think of. I’m sure some will make it on here.
Looking forward to December as a time for family… a time to share some of my family’s traditions with you readers and make some new traditions as well. I am glad I will not be blogging every day… but I am grateful for the pattern I have found in blogging several days a week and hope to continue that. Thanks to all of you who have gone on this journey with me, whether you commented or not.
Here are a few blogs I’ve added to my Google Reader over the last month. Not all are NaBloPoMo participants but all are wonderful bloggers! I am thankful for all of them, and hoping to be able to read and respond more in depth after taking some time off during the last week or so of holiday craziness.
Filed under Soul Care in my Google Reader if that tells you anything…
Food & Weight Loss (hey, for me they are somewhat related… though they are categorized separately in Google Reader)