Thursday, September 11, 2014

More than a Blog

Last fall, I accepted the Writers of Kern Blog Challenge. Not surprisingly, I struggled to carve out time for family, running and writing--let alone time for blogging. The challenge was a twice a week post for thirteen weeks that fell smack in the middle of the holiday season. Homework, tantrums, and cleaning were tempting excuses to escape my online duties. 
But something happened, as with most challenges. The normal stresses of the mundane became little bursts of beauty. When there was nothing in my fatigued brain (and a blank computer screen staring back at me) I'd remember the adventures of the day. The humorous moments of parenting or the strength found in running became precious gems, painting my point of view a pretty shade of grateful. Family and friends (then friends of friends) began sharing my posts - my perspective of an imperfect life. 
As I continued to blog about marathons, my novel and the chaos called kids, I discovered two forgotten truths. One, we're human and we embrace the lovable flaws of each other. We trip, we fall and we laugh, even at the expense of our pride.

Two, I have an incredible life. Only when I've cast a spotlight on my blessings do I realize how much I've been given. This house might be heavy on the crazy and light on the calm but it's mine. And "my cup runneth over." The obvious blessings may have surrounded me but when I'm waist-deep in the daily grind I rarely look up to the see the blooming garden, the fruits of my labor.

Most people blog to become better writers, to hone their talent. Their craft. Some blog to be heard, needing a platform to pontificate. Others blog as a way to communicate with family and friends through an ever increasing social (and global) world. 
Over time,  my blog became more than a website. Strangers have become friends touched by a post, or long lost friends distanced by time or space have reconnected through the internet. But more important - I have a record of who I am. I've privately published for my family and very close friends my digital story. Some have themes, like the Writers of Kern Blog challenge, while others are purely chronological journals. Either way, I've left a legacy for my children. I wanted them to know of my beautiful, fault-littered life as well as the written word. 

For those of you debating the merits of blogging, think beyond the commitment required and more of your potential influence. Not just for strangers but for your family, both present and future.


Joan Raymond said...

Thanks for the reminder that blogging allows us to share more than just stories and memories; but, a legacy for our children of our best (and worst) moments from life. I love this "... painting my point of view a pretty shade of grateful."
Welcome to the Challenge. I look forward to reading your posts.

Clarissa Kae said...

Thank you, Joan. I'd forgotten about that sentence. Those fingers type the darndest things. ;)

Unknown said...

Your motivation to blog, to keep a record of who you are and a story for your family, is a great one. It's evident in the personal stories you've shared in your last few posts and your personable tone.

I look forward to reading more.

Annis Cassells said...

Clarissa, I marvel at your determination and ability to juggle so many balls at once. Your writing is sincere and flavorful. (I chose the same line as Joan!)And, I'm eager to read more of your blogs.

Anna K. Stewart said...

Lovable flaws...yes. Aren't those little imperfections usually the best part of people?

Clarissa Kae said...

Exactly. The imperfections are what bind us together, it's the foundation of humanity (at least to me).

Anonymous said...

Leaving evidence of my existence is one of the reasons I write. Another is that i need to write for my soul's sake, to create.
Writing is now part of who i am for better or worse.
Reading the blogs is a way to peek in the windows of other lives, other artists and to see more aspects of other flawed people and lives.

Dennis said...

Beautifully written, Clarissa. Like you, I blog to express my gratitude for the blessings that fill my life.

Unknown said...

I love this post! This is exactly why I love to write and continue blogging.

Joan Lindsay Kerr said...

Clarissa, this is a great beginning to our new blog challenge. You challenge me to stretch a bit look for the life experiences we share with others, to learn from each other, and to share our own insights. I'm off to a rather slow start on my blog, but this inspires me to carve out more time to be more thoughtful. Thanks!

Donnee Patrese said...

Great Job Clarissa. I really love the book. so cool.

Joan Lindsay Kerr said...

Clarissa, your blog is lovely. For the A to Z Challenge, I picked a particular theme and I am finding that more challenging than a more open-ended one like your that looks at all aspects of life. I love the idea of a blog to preserve those special moments for friends and family.