Jun 302012

So many people ask me this.  And up until about 8 months ago, I really had no idea myself.  Merriam-Webster.com defines a blog as:

a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer

If you are part of the blogging community, as a blogger or as a follower, this makes sense.  If blogging is less familiar to you, this definition probably still leaves you scratching your head.

The thing is, I don’t know if I can really box blogging into a particular definition, but generally I just see my blog as a forum to write a bunch of stuff that is on my mind and share it with other people (read: please laugh at what I think is funny!).  And here are some other things I know about it:

It’s fun.  Like, a lot of fun.

It’s hard work.  Since it’s a generally unpaid or under-compensated gig, it’s not like life just hands you a huge window of time to spew out all your thoughts–wouldn’t that be a dream?  You’ve gotta sedate the kids somehow and carve time for blogging into your schedule. 

I’ve met a lot of awesome people through blogging.  They’ve become part of my life.  In a world where it’s easier to shop for coffee filters online than it is to make friends, this is cool.

Bloggers love comments.  I read once that reading a post with no comments was like walking into an empty room.  It’s true, talk about AWKWARD.

HUGE sense of identity attached to blogging.  Show me a blogger who doesn’t pour themselves into their blog…

Funny bloggers are people who like to laugh, and I like them.  There are absolutely hysterical bloggers out there; I am truly dwarfed by their sense of humor and amazing delivery.

Material…material…material…mmhhh…just tattoo a list on your wrist of some spare ideas, not like you will run out of witty post fodder or forget your ideas or anything…;)

It will drive your spouse crazy, and if your kids are old enough, it will drive them crazy.  It’s like a whole crazy hybrid of hobby/job that no one else really understands except fellow bloggers.

When you write a good post and people like it…you feel like a million bucks.

Does this clear up the mystery of blogging at all?  No? Oh well…welcome to the World of the Blog anyway.  And to all my fellow bloggers out there, here’s wishing you lots of million-bucks-feeling posts and to all you blog followers, thank you for making us feel like a million bucks 😉

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Meredith blogs at The Mom of the Year, dedicatedly earning her title one epic parenting fail at a time. When her kids aren't busy pummeling each other with Legos or requiring their 16th sippy cup refill of the day, she tries to offer quick, relatable laughs for fellow parents of the world and all their empathizers. She remains entirely terrified by crafts, promises to never share any useful household tips, and is fully committed to a less serious look at the world of parenting.

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  20 Responses to “What is a Blog?”


    Let me be the first in the room today! I heart blogging too! So glad we found you and you found us. I laughed at the part about sedating the kids. I always say mommy's WORKING (at a job that pays her not in dollars but in validation from other readers and stress relief!) –Christine


    I couldn't have said it better myself. I find blogging totally fun. But at the same time, I feel like I'm a big blogging idiot sometimes — particularly when I read some of these other blogs out there that are roll-on-your-ass hysterical. But, like you said, when you write a post that resonates with people, it's sets you off on such a high!

    I feel like there is SO much to learn in this world. Are you going to any blogging conferences in the near future? I just signed up for BlogHer in Aug.


      Oh gosh–I realize that I am SO no funny whenever I read other people's blogs! I am way too chicken crap to go to a conference by myself–may be forcing you to meet me at one sometime :)


    I hadn't thought about it before reading your post, but I do feel like a million bucks when people respond positively to what i write. It's quite a shot in the arm.


    good explanation!!


    I would definitely love to get paid to write, but I'm not there yet. When my son was sick, writing on Caring Bridge was therapeutic for me. After he died, starting a blog was just a natural extension of that therapy. Each time I publish a post I definitely get a good feeling-even better with good comments.


    Meredith, you're hilarious. Just because other people are funny, too doesn't mean that you're not. :) That's one of the first things I loved about your blog! And that I could so heavily identify with what you write about every day…made me realize I'm not alone in this whole I have kids and it makes me crazy sometimes thing!


    I love your blog and I can definitely relate to most everything you post with a 3-year-old and 11-month-old of my own! I started blogging more the past year and a half and have found it to be quite addicting and I really do love it, even as just a hobby. :)


    I do it for all the reason you listed above, and:

    I want to have a written journal of my child’s progression through school. Just think of all the fun he’ll having reading back on his school days!

    To keep family and friends up-to-speed on what’s happening in our life—and Christopher’s too.

    To hopefully be a source of encouragement and inspiration for other Full-time Stay-at-Home-Fathers in this world.

    I too enjoy blogging!


    Blogging is something that has helped me through. I don't get a lot of comments on my blog, but I decided long ago that's not why I do it. I've enjoyed yours so far! Cheers!

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