Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Never Say Never: Thoughts on Blogging

Thoughts on a rainy morning from my home in Tennessee.

Just five or six years ago I did not want a computer, but the thoughts kept coming to mind that I needed to know about them. Especially since they were a big part of my children's lives. So my special son-in-law installed one for me. Oh the many phone calls to ask questions. Now I can pretty much get by on my limited use of one. I use for emails to my children. It is like talking on the telephone and we email back and forth, sometimes several times a day.

Now that some of my grandchildren are in college they occasionally email me, too. My youngest daughter spends a lot of time on a computer. She is a writer and editor so that is a part of her work. My son-in-law has a computer business. I am so proud of him. He began his business working out of their home and has progressed to a well known computer business in this area with 8 employees.

The blog world is is something my daughter has been a part of for a number of years. Occasionally I would read her entries. What surprised me most is that the daughter that I am the mother to and the daughter that writes her blog are almost two different individuals.

My daughter is beautiful, well mannered and smart (that's her mama talking) She is my youngest and was the perfect little girl. Never a bad word crossed her lips, played the piano in church, she wore knee socks and no makeup until age 12 or 13. Dated the nicest young man and mama was never concerned. Now my blogging daughter has a humor that I never knew existed. She never ceases to make me smile. Also seems a lot of things in her growing up years mama never would have dreamed they existed. But all in all I am so proud of her as a daughter and as a mother to my special youngest granddaughters who are 3 and 5.

Back to the blogging world. I read my daughters and occasionally she would email for me to read another blog. It grew from there. I began to read more and more. Really started enjoying it and looking forward to special blogs that I have discovered.

So never say never. Never would I have thought I would attempt to have a blog.
Well I entered this blogging world a couple of months ago. Still new, still a challenge, still learning but I am beginning to enjoy it. I have found that communicating with people of all ages through blogging is easier than meeting new people. Or rather, none of my acquaintances have computers and when I talk about it. They just stare at me and say you like that, you have time and say they want no part of it. I feel sorry for them. I am very fortunate this door has opened for me.

The only thing is that I wanted to name my blog "One Womans Journey," but it was taken. I wrote that name in my journal 30 years ago.

It is so easy to type away and with a click of the mouse your words are all over the world. (bad part about this is if you say something hastily and then change your mind - you cannot cancel your comment) I am trying to reread what I have typed and take a few minutes to think. I am also trying to think before I speak. Reading bloggers' thoughts and words you feel a comradery. Blogging has opened a new world for me.


Liza on Maui said...

Yes Ernestine - never say never ... or as other would say:

Nevah say nevah!

I'm glad to read that you are enjoying it. I enjoy it a lot. I'm glad to have met you through blogging.

By the way, I'm glad you liked the song I posted "There Is None Like You" :) It never fails to encourage me.

See you around!

Liza on Maui said...

And about your daughter - I love her! She cracks me up. And she has your sweet spirit - she's been a huge encouragement when I was a newbie on blogging.

LadyLuz said...

Dear Ernestine. It was so lovely of you to stop by my blog via Marian. Do use "Gardening is like medicine" quote - I believe it's an anonymous source, so no copyright issues. It says a lot to me, that's why I use it.

And I have another great one of our sundial, if you discovered that on a blog a couple of months ago.

Isn't it wonderful to take on the challenge of something new like computers and blogging in later life. I love your comment that you feel most yourself at this time of your feelings too.

I shall be popping over to you again another time.

Sue Swift said...

Welcome to the blogosphere. It's great fun and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.