To Write or Read

If you had to choose between being able to write a blog (but not read others’) and being able to read others’ blogs (but not write your own), which would you pick? Why?

This is a difficult question to answer.

I actually do not blog for other people, I blog for me. I write about what is on my mind or what interests me. If readers like it that is great but if they do not like it I go on with life.

There are things that I do for other people, I keep tract of some statistics for my church, I have taught Sunday school, I have made meals for families in grief or having just had a baby, I have taken care of friends, and other things for charity. I like knowing that some of what I have done has made someone’s life a little better, that they feel loved and cared for.

I do enjoy reading other people’s blogs though. I like to give feedback so that the bloggers know what they have written has been read and that someone took the time to share with them. I guess this comes from my innate desire to encourage – it is one of the ways in which I show my caring of others. While I get the whole “we do not do to gain praise from man” thing, I still feel that the pat on the back to show that what one does is noticed is always beneficial.

So I guess that my answer to the above question would be that I would rather be able to read the blogs of someone else than to write my own. Anyway I still keep a handwritten journal of the things I need to write out but want to remain private.

What about you? Which would you choose to do, blog or read?

Titles and Taglines

When I began this blog several years ago I decided that I wanted it to reflect who I am since this was going to be a blog of conversations from my point of view.

Who I am is an Alaskan. I have lived here since I was about 8 years old. I have a hard time seeing myself living anywhere else, mainly because the benefits of other locations just do not measure up to  where I live. If you have never been to Alaska you may have a hard time understanding how  this state can hook a person when it seems so harsh but if you ever have the opportunity to visit you will see what I mean.

autumn-trees-over-garage.jpg        backyard-3-dec-2007.jpg

These two were taken of my front yard.

 

musk-ox-mamas-under-pioneer1.jpg This one is of Pioneer Peak taken at the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer

      This is of a caribou on the North Slope of Alaska

One of two Bald Eagles that were at the church

One of two Bald Eagles that were at the church

I live in South Central Alaska just north of Anchorage, the largest and most populous city in the state. The climate leans toward cold but there are quite a few places in the Lower 48 (what we Alaskans refer to the Contiguous states) which have colder winters than we do.  The winters are dark but the summers are full of light.

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is larger than some states – I believe it is comparable in size to the state of West Virginia. This is the fastest growing area of Alaska. We have vast mountain ranges, fish filled rivers and lakes, wilderness galore and skies that never end. When I am gone from this place I actually long to come back as I miss it about as much as I miss the people here. I can look at the mountains and gain inspiration to write about a variety of subjects.

I believe that the title and tagline reflect this: I live in the Valley which many consider to be the heart of Alaska.

I hope that by reading some of my posts here you will begin a dream of visiting here.

 

Blogging 101: Assignment 1 – Introduction

I have decided to redo Blogging 101 that was working on in January because I did not do all the assignments – I am using my vacation to Hawaii as my excuse as to why I did not do the assignments.

I did do this one so I will just provide the link for you to go and read it here 

You can leave comments at the original post or with this one.

Social Media – It’s not all bad

Several years ago, I cannot recall just when, I joined Facebook to better keep in touch with friends and family who didn’t live close by, as well those that do it turned out. Social media is blamed for a lot of nasty stuff, I do not feel the need to go down that trail here and now, but it is amazing how much good has come from it as well.

Now I have not researched this by any means but I have seem many posts for missing children and many of those have been found with the help of social media. I have also see quite a few posts for missing pets and so many of those have been found and returned home. Then there are the posts showing an individual attempting to break into a home that is not their own and I love to hear about those people being caught and justice being served. There are accident reports, road closures, police reports, fires and other items that help our communities to not only keep in touch but help one another.

We all know there are the negative aspects of social media as well. While I know about them and do what I can to protect myself against those I prefer to focus on the good that can and does come as a result.

Because of the internet I have gained friends from around the United States and in foreign countries. I have been able to keep in contact with friends from high school who have moved away and have reconnected with friends from college. While I may not have the same relationship with them that I did back in the days when we were in school together it is still great to follow along with what has been happening in their lives. There are many more that I would like to reconnect with but I haven’t found them as of yet. These are the people who helped me to become who I am today. They formed some of my earliest memories that did not include my family. Sadly, few of them live close enough that I can actually spend time with them. The friends I have now are creating new memories for me to recall when I’m old! Not sure when that will be but it has been more than 30 years since I graduated high school.

You know, now that I think about it I should go through my friend list over on Facebook, find the friends from high school and college, and begin/renew conversations with them. I should also see about finding my yearbooks and old photographs so that I can share memories. There is that chance that I will find more friends from that time, reconnect and renew friendships, and find that while we have changed we are not so different after all these years.

 

So what are your views of social media? Do you love it? Do you hate it? How do you use it to improve and/or expand your life and circle of relationships?

Prompts for Blogging

 

This year one of my goals is to work here on my blog. To aid in achieving this goal I have joined Blogging University here at WordPress. I had signed up for this last year but as any of you who have been reading my blog over the years know that did not work out in 2014, I am doing better in 2015.

Part of Blogging University is taking courses in blogging. just so you know you do not have to have a blog here at WordPress do these courses. If you want to sign up for the next course you can go to Blogging U Registration for February 2015 . Each day an assignment is given as the instructors help you to start and improve your blog and your blogging experience. I got a little behind with going on vacation, amazing how the warm sun and sandy beaches can be so distracting ;-) , so I am not completely current on my assignments but I am working to become so.

Back on the 18th the assignment was this: Today’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on a Daily Prompt.  Continue reading

Explanation

I have had this blog since January or February 2007, I think that is when I began anyway, but it has been a while since I really posted here on a consistent basis. I would like to change that this year. I am not going to  make any promises about how often I will post but I do want to work on this, it will be kind of cathartic for me. My readers should not expect to read really personal subject matter as I tend to keep that to my written journals which are strictly between God and me.

This blog was created as a way to keep in touch with a group of friends whom I had med on an online forum for home-schoolers. The forum was being shut down and we wanted a means to keep in touch. Other than that I just wanted this place to resemble sitting around my kitchen table talking with friends over a cup of coffee with some snacks to go along. So basically this is just a conversational blog with no other specific purpose.

Topics that I cover here will, and have, vary depending on the day and what has, or will happen in and around my life. Some topics may be:

  • Dinner plans for the week
  • Reactions to meals
  • Places I visited
  • What my kids are up to
  • Reports on how my granddaughter is doing
  • My reactions to current events (you do not have to agree with me but disrespectful comments will not be approved)
  • My goals and perhaps the results of the same
  • Photographs of things that interest me

I have linked both my Facebook page and my Twitter feed to this blog so notices for new posts can be found there. This blog is not on any search engines, at least it is not supposed to be. I write here for me and I do not mind my friends and family reading this. I do moderate all comments and only comments I approve are visible. I do not want my readers to have to wade through a bunch of negativity, there is enough of that on TV and the internet that I do not want it here. I will attempt to reply to each comment but offer no guarantees to that.

My main goad and purpose of this blog is to keep family and friends up to date with things in my life. Most of the people who have commented do not live close by me so they do not see what is happening daily. And the phone calls I have with some are way to short for them to understand what is happening. And if you are my friend on Facebook you will not get the complete story there either. I guess if you are not in close geographic touch with  you will need both Facebook and this blog to know what is happening with me.

So come along with me on this journey. Feel read to go through the archives and see where I have been, comment on old postings, and feel free to ask questions and I will do my best to respond. You can even comment about my grammar or poor writing skills, as long as you are not blatantly disrespectful or attacking my family I do not offend easily. I look forward to hearing from you.