Thursday, May 9, 2013

Why I Started Blogging~*

Kate, one of my most favorite-est bloggers, from Just Pirouette & Carry On had a great post the other day. It was actually inspired by another blogger, who also has a smashing grand blog over at Cocktails in Teacups,  but I digress.

Simple concept.  List 5 reasons/inspirations for starting your blog.  Woot!

1.  I had started reading blogs a few years ago & toyed with the idea of starting my own for a while before I opened up The Closet.  I loved the sharing of ideas & sense of community in the blogging world.  I started with a Pinterest account, then in December of 2011, I finally jumped in!

2.  I've always been a bit of a crafter,  but when things got busy as the kids got older, my crafting was put on the back burner.  And I missed it.   I wanted a place to keep track of what I've done & what I'm doing-- as well as guaranteeing I spend at least a little time every week being creative.  Being able to inspire and be inspired by other bloggers makes it even more special.  

3.I'm not what-cha might call a people-person.  Don't misunderstand, I'm not shy in the slightest-- I couldn't teach auditorium classes of 200+ students if I was.  I like people en masse, I suppose & tend to be amazingly awkward in most social situations.  I also have an overdeveloped sense of personal space.  True story-- I was once talking to someone in a classroom-- a close talker, if you follow me.  Subconsciously I kept backing up but each time I backed up, the person I was speaking to took a step toward me.  I literally didn't realize I was doing it...until I fell over a desk I backed in to.  Sigh.  Anyway.  I thought The Closet would be a great way to meet other people with similar interests in a comfortable way.  And I was right, I've met some amazing people.  But I guess that's for another list, eh?

4. I think my family is pretty durned amazing.  I know, there is a big trend among bloggers to post about how "real" their lives are by talking about how they fight/struggle or are otherwise miserable-- but while not everyday in my life is perfect, a sizable hunk of it really truly is.  My kids are phenomenal, funny & thoughtful human beings.  My husband is loving, hilarious & I count myself amazingly lucky to get to spend the rest of my life in his company.  My parents are wonderful & my best friends.  My in-laws are wonderful {and my mother-in-law is a fantastic cook}. I love our stupid little ranch house that is year younger than me and has a basement that floods.  I flat out adore my job.    Our pets are perfectly pet-like...well, accept Mac the cat who I am fairly certain is a zombie. I wanted a place to show them off & share our adventures & yes, brag a bit.  

5.  I love clothes & loved reading blogs where other women posted how they styled different pieces.  I think it is soooooooo much more inspiring & encouraging to see how real women dress, as opposed to "traditional" fashion magazines with overly-Photoshopped models wearing clothes that the average person could never afford. Same thing for home decoration-- I can't afford an interior designer, but other blogs gave me the inspiration & ideas I was looking for in making our house a home.  I love to share in other women's thrifted finds or handmade fashions or home decor & I like the idea of being able to contribute my own sense of style, & maybe even inspire other women like I was {& continue} to be!

Tried getting my husband to take some pictures while Thing 3 was at school.  Didn't work.  He had me cracking up in 10 seconds.  It didn't help that I had just got home from the last official day of the semester & was a bit giddy with summeritis.  It isn't the most flattering picture I've ever taken, but the laughter, & the mega teeth are authentic~*

Now its your turn!  Why did you get in to blogging? 

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