Look at that, a blog post…

A couple of months ago I was chatting with my oldest son about his IT/computer class. He was telling me about how much he enjoyed the course, and that he was getting a fantastic grade! All great news!

Then he told me that he was doing a Google search and my blog came up. His friends were all standing around, and up popped my header image of my wife in her wedding dress, flipping everyone the bird! He and his friends got a good chuckle out it. And so did I.

It got me thinking about my blog. It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted anything! And to be honest, my lack of posting here has bothered me. And I can’t really put a finger on why? Well, that’s not entirely true.  I think it is that I have/had expectations around my content. Why? It’s my site! I am “THE BOSS” so to speak. So why place any expectations at all on myself!?

It bothers me because I really enjoyed blogging over the years, but life has gotten in the way.

And by life, I just mean the busy life I live raising 4 boys, and trying to keep my marriage together. NO ONE prepared me for how hard it is to raise more kids than there are adults in the house! By the end of the day, I am usually completely spent from working, cleaning up the various messes they have made over the time I’ve been at work, putting them to bed; and at that point I try to weigh if I should go out for a night ride(to keep my sanity), hangout with my wife(to keep my marriage), or my older kids(to just hangout with no strings). It’s never perfect. It’s rarely perfect.

I’ve come to learn that I will never be everything for my family, my work, my friends, my wife, my blog. There would need to be 4 or 5 of me, and that would be a scary thing! No body wants that many of me…

What keeps you motivated to blog/write? Below are some bloggers giving some inspirational reasons they blog.

Hope to see you back here again soon.

 

Readers tell us why they blog.

via The Space That Blogging Provides: Readers Respond — Discover

 

 

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Write a Private Journal? Why not use WordPress to access it anywhere?

Bhushan Diary 1947
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I have been writing a journal/diary for quite a while. I find it helps me work through problems, think things out and  I enjoy going back over time and reading what I have gone through, and to re-live important times in my life. Nothing new, as I am sure a lot of you write a private diary.

One thing that I have had a hard time maintaining, is a place to keep it safe and be able to access and write in it wherever I am. There is no purpose to having a journal if I am never at a place where I can access it…And, I don’t like having a hand written journal for the world to see. Well, maybe one day when I write my memoires. lol.

I tried using Dropbox to store a plain text file, but I need to download it when I am on a public computer or someone else’s computer. There are a few iPhone solutions to combine Dropbox text files and editing, but not ideal solutions. If I am downloading my private journal everywhere then it’s not much of a private journal then is it?

With my journal layout, I have my most recent entry at the top. That was familiar to me for some reason? Kind of backwards to the way a book is written… Why? Because we all blog that way! A light bulb went off for me…

Why don’t I just import my journal into WordPress as a private page? So I did. It works great! Anywhere I can access my blog, I have access to my journal! I have WordPress on my iPhone as well so I can access and edit it there too! Essentially, I now take my journal with me everywhere I go…I also love the full page visual editor, so I can type in full screen mode and avoid the clutter.

I am sure that others have already thought of this, but I love when I come up with my own solution, and I thought I would share my small eureka moment with you!

If you do decide to set up your own private journal, just remember to edit your visibility settings under your Publish tab to private, or with password, and not public. That would just be embarrassing…

Now off to continue my memoires…