- a personal diary a place to record your day, your thoughts and your world.
- it can be a platform for sharing information – book reviews, news blogs …
- how to blogs – how to garden, how to raise your child …
- spiritual blogs – short daily mediations to calm and enlighten
I am sure there are many more styles of blogs but you get the idea. Blogs are a way to share what you are thinking and doing with the people around you.
As I was chatting with my older sister this morning about my blog she made the connection back to the long and detailed letters that my relatives use to write weekly to each other. These letters might even be sent from person to person so everyone could be kept informed in the family.
My mother had a group of friends who did this as well. They called it their Round Robin letters. One person began the letter at the start of the month and sent it off. The next person wrote her letter and added it to the collection and sent it on. The letters made the full round by the end of the month and they then began again. Each month sharing the daily slice of their life with a group of 4 or 5 friends.
My family and I expect many other families took time each day or week to write long detailed letters about their life. They shared stories, information about the farm crops and the weather, the health of family members, what they were reading – books and news, they shared uplifting thoughts or messages from their daily mediations. They wrote their weekly slice of life.
You can find the letters of many famous people who did the same think – Abe Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson… Letters were a way of communication with people who lived far away.
Hmmm – isn’t that what blogs are? A way of communication with people who live far away. At times I think we are so clever and have created so many new ways of being and then I sit back and realize it is all a variation on a theme.
We just have fancy letters now with images and interesting fonts and we can reach beyond our family without the cost of paper and stamps. Well, there is the cost of the computer sitting on my lap but still we are communicating bits of our life with others.
So happy letter writing today as you share you slice of life with others in our extended family of friends.
P.S. (as I kid I always loved adding a P.S. to my letters – I thought it was cool and the only thing I like about writing letters.)
I have a few of those old letters from my family and realize now I need to see if I can find more of them tucked away in the old farm house in Iowa. It is amazing what we can learn by looking back a few years.
I think that is true with blogs as well!