Friday, July 1, 2011

Enough About Me, How About You?

Via Rachael Phillips, Pinterest


"Your blog is your unedited version of yourself". ~ Lorelle


As you've probably noticed, I am pretty diligent wrt popping into my blog each day and rabbiting on about something/anything. It's a daily habit now.... over 3 years of espousing my opinions on everything.... are you sick of me yet? Hmm, dangerous question. I have had a few life setbacks recently and to be honest, some days/weeks I have struggled to be here. Some days, when I just want to bypass the computer and head out the door, I ask myself, 'why DO I blog? what draws me here?' I am sure you ask yourself the same question, especially when the blogging mojo flies out the door, as it often does.

Why do I blog? First and foremost, I put something up most days as I know that many of you join me for breakfast and coffee in the mornings. I know you are there waiting for me. I receive your emails about how my blog fits into your life. I am grateful that I can be part of your day in some little way.

Secondly, the friendship. You are my friends. I have met many of you in person and I share my day with you, long after my blog post in the morning. We tweet, we email, we share, we scheme, we support each other, we meet for coffee, I stalk your building sites!

Thirdly, I believe blogging has helped me discover me. Through my interactions with you, I have discovered more about myself than ever before. I also think I tune in each morning to 'be with me'. This is where I can be me. Funny isn't it. This blog is me.

And lastly, I am going to build another house and I want you there to help me again. I couldn't have done it last time without you. Honestly. Wait for me, will you? It's gonna be a beauty.

I feel like a bloggy rest this weekend (although I will have to post tomorrow just quickly when Katrina and Amie finish their first room on 'The Block'. Have to put in my 2 bobs worth).

So why do YOU blog? What keeps you going? What inspires you to check in every day? How has blogging changed/shaped you as a person? I am so curious to know what YOU think.

..... and Happy Friday!
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40 comments:

  1. I love that you blog.
    Don't stop!
    xxx

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  2. You just keep going but there is nothing wrong with taking a rest on day a week or so? I think blogging is a fabulous way to express yourself as for those who are not so confident in person it gives them a voice xx

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  3. I love blogging for the daily dose of regulars/friends I have come to know and sharing in their lives. You do get to know people even if it is cyber. Some I have also met in person which is even better. I love the support and inspiring ideas this forum has provided. It has really helped so many in personal and business directions. It's fun! Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday for your daily update. ;-)

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  4. I blog to record our lives so my kids have a way of reflecting on their lives when they are older. I hope they enjoy reading about what it really took to create this home and getting to know their mum in a different way in the years to come.

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  5. This blogging thing is new to me. I have been following so many blogs for so long (yours included) and when we started our house renovation, blogging seemed like a good way to keep all our interstate friends and family in the loop of our progress. It seems to have become more than that and we suddenly have new friends that follow our progress, cheer us on or ask us questions. I feel like I want to do more for the readers all the time, that you want to better yourself so your content is more interesting, the pics are better and yet still being yourself with all the rawness of the realities of renovating. The other reason I blog is that I am a frustrated writer at heart...am sure there is a novel in my somewhere :-) Your blog has really been my inspiration to get started so I thank you for that

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  6. I think this 'bloggy thing' has trillions of various uses, but it collectively creates a forum for individual expression for all participants. Working out why I'm drawn to its anonymity escapes me at present. I'm new to this and am yet to find consistent direction. Ultimately it's like a journal though, and comments validate or gently challenge decisions. Your blog AM, was the first I found and silently stalked and it planted the seed of the idea for me to do this too.Thank you!

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  7. Hi AM, I mean no disrespect in saying this and do not expect you to even publish the comment but upon reading your post this morning (and it is one of the first blogs I go to each day, however I am a lurker, not a poster and do not have my own blog)I am still surprised at how you have kept your readers in the dark as to you disappearence a while. We are not all friends of yours or even people that comment a lot but we are interested enough to continue to come back each day to hear what you have going on in your life. Maybe if you are being true to yourself you need to have a little confessional. I wish you the best, your family seems amazing and your commitment to blogging is brilliant. Enjoy the wonderful winter day that is ahead of you!

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  8. Morning beautiful A-M,
    I LOVE to wake to your daily post each morning, it is always overflowing with warmth and something beautiful for the day, and it inspired me to begin my own blog too. I haven't posted as regularly as I would like due to the intensity of work and young ones at home and have often thought I should shut it down and just enjoy others...but the unexpected connections and friendships I have made keep me going. Such generous souls to find. Hope yours is a wonderful weekend. Emma.

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  9. Dear Susie,
    My heart was broken in two, I could not breathe when my marriage broke down last year. It had a deeper impact on me than I ever imagined it would. The circumstances were completely unexpected and traumatic. Added to the fact, I have 2 beautiful, very dependant sons going through this journey with me. Both my husband and I were completely broken. My life has changed forever and I am working through it. A-M xx

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  10. Good on you A-M - I have been the most frightfully slack blogger in the past weeks - life has well and truly taken over (sick, house selling, car selling, a son in plaster again!) but I still read all my blog friends lives and updates - including yours of course each morning - you are keeping me mildly sane! I am definitely going to keep it up in the next city.... A x

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  11. hi AM - you are brave and beautiful. Of course that experience would have a deep and abiding impact on you. I hope that you have found the support you have got here helped you. Am not being negative but you need to fully expect that it will take a long time to recover. Look forward though and you will be A-OK.

    Blog what you want when you want. You are mighty disciplined to keep doing it every morning. I couldn't.

    As for me, I blog to write, as like many I am a frustrated writer. Oh and this cancer thing has been something to write about too.

    xo

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  12. I think blogging is a message in a bottle~

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  13. The thing I love about blogging is the connections I have made with other people. I love seeing what my 'friends' are up to, what is happening in their lives, how they are decorating or renovating their homes, what they are cooking or what might be growing in the garden. It's just such a nice place. I'm a bit of a homebody and not hugely social, so it's a nice social place for me.
    I found Susie's comment interesting as I have to say I thought it was quite obvious what you were going through and I was blown away (in a good way) at how much you shared with us.
    Anyway, have a lovely weekend :)

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  14. Hi A-M, as I think I've shared with you before, yours was/is my first blog addiction. And I never thought I would blog myself. 'I'm not a writer', 'what would I write about?' but since starting my blog almost 1 and a half yrs ago to the day I have found it, like you, a way to really connect with the real me. Put my thoughts and feelings out there and share my life with my bloggy friends.

    Thank you for always being so diligent with your blog even when times have been tough, you are amazing!
    Big hugs as always,
    Jxx

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  15. A-M, you were the one who inspired me to start my own blog :)

    My man and I are building our first (and forever) house and I need all the help I can get. I am hopeless at decorating/design and have never done it before. I love blogging because of the comments/feedback/suggestion/advice I get from all the experienced and smart people out there :)

    I don't know what I would do without you guys!

    Thank you A-M!!! <3

    B

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  16. A-M, your blog was the first I ever read and inspired me to start my own little blog to help me get through our farmhouse renovations. Now I can't imagine where I'd be without the blog community. I can't wait to follow your next building adventure! Thank you!

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  17. A-M, thank you for sharing and caring. I have seen you grow so very much over the past 12 months, simply by reading your beautiful blog [ catching up for a drinks is great too!]. Keep going and I cannot wait to follow your new journey. xx

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  18. Hey AM - I actually started blogging so my hubby who is away all the time could keep up with the build and my ideas and so when its finished and he complains about something (its going to happen just a matter of when) I can go back and say ... well you had your chance to comment and you didn't so mwwwaa!

    But seriously, it started out small, it started out as a way to get all my ideas and thoughts and inspirations down on paper and then people started following and telling me the actually believed that the things I had picked were good. My family has a very particular design style and anything that deviates from that is considered a tradegy so this is really a way for me to stroke my very bruised design ego and get confirmation that I am on the right track!

    Your blog has definately helped me to stretch away from the predicatble and I still look forward to joining you for coffee in the mornings.

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  19. I love checking in with you A-M and I love your generosity of spirit.

    Blogging brings a lovely sense of comradery. I think you can still be true without having to withstand intense scrutiny of your private life x

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  20. Thankyou for blogging so diligently A-M! I only really discovered 'blogs' after your appearance in Home Beautiful last year. Thankyou for your openess and honesty and keeping it real. I truly wish you and your boys the very best. Becky x

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  21. I missed you when you stopped for a while and am so glad you're back. You are usually the first person I hear every morning as I scroll down to read your blog first. I don't care that some days it's ramblings, I like reading about YOU! And yes, can't wait until you're back on the building wagon again.

    If you or any of your readers think they have what it takes to be the next Katrina and Ames, then head over to my place and click on the link.

    Have a fabulous restful weekend.

    Jennifer xx

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  22. Noooooo - I´m not tired of you! :-D

    I blog for the interaction with people all over the world, for the feedback, for the push I sometimes need when doing creative stuff - and also because my love of taking photos, writing and talking. :-)

    I really do think that I´ve become better in many areas since I started blogging, it´s like thinking out loud - makes me see things clearer! :-)

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  23. A-M, as you know your blog is and always has been one of my favourites. I still remember this kindness and welcoming nature you extended to me when I began blogging. I enjoy reading about whatever your blog topic is for the day be it renovating, a snippet from your day or a story about your gorgeous boys. Thank you for continuing to post even when your heart has felt like it xx

    Blogging for me starting out when I had a newborn baby and was in need of some 'me' time. These days, my drive has changed and now I blog because of the friendships I've made - the social networking aspect and support in this blogging community of ours have become a very important part of my daily life now :)

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  24. Ohh I can't wait to see the new house and I'll be here waiting till you get there. I love waking up in the morning, turning on my computer and reading your blog!!!

    I some times wonder what keeps me blogging... I love reading other peoples blogs, I was hoping that I would get more connected in the blogging world by starting a blog but I still haven't got there yet - I'm not sure I blog about what ppl want to hear what I have to say. In fact I'm considering if I should continue.... I guess we all go through that stage.

    Keep blogging - I love reading your words and drooling over your images :)

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  25. A-M, I am not a blogger but a reader, commenter and lurker and would be sooooo disappointed if you ever gave it up but completely understand your need to have a day or week off every now and again. You are doing an amazing job as a Mum, it's the hardest job you'll ever do but the most rewarding, so don't be afraid to give yourself a little pat on the back every now and again for surviving the last while intact. K xx

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  26. AM, I haven't been one of your readers for very long... I stumbled upon the HB feature of 'The House' quite late and I was instantly hooked. I need your daily blog... it is something I so look forward to. Sometimes I come in the door at night utterly exhausted but I am compelled to read your blog even though I know you posted it in the wee hours of that morning. Funny, I feel like I know you and I kind of do. I cannot wait for you to build your next house so that I can come along on the journey. x Colleen

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  27. I love reading your blog, which reminds me, so much of home. In particular, your snapshots and thoughtful insights on the floods and the flood recovery, it was a way for me to glimpse what was happening. I truly believed that the river couldn't flood again. I was horrified at what was unfolding.

    I enjoy your honesty and warmth, and catch up reading the blog when I can. Your blog inspired me to create my own blog, which was really for my family who are a long way away to see the progress on my own renovations. But there is so much more!

    If you miss a blog or two or more that's okay - really. I hope you and your two beautiful boys have a great weekend. Cheers, KP

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  28. Your blog is on my top sites to visit. I enjoy your creativeness and sharing of your journey through life. Thanks again for enriching our lives.x

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  29. I have been watching your blog and commenting sometimes, since "The House". I found myself compelled after I dropped my kids at school in the morning to "pop" in with my coffee and see what you are up to! I have just started my own blog so am now on the other side of the fence. I can't believe how excited I was to get my first follower and to now have a regular commenter is quite a buzz. I guess being a creative person it is often hard to find kindrid minds so blogs are an excellent way to draw people of similar interests together.

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  31. Hi A-M,
    As a new follower, today's post has me wide-eyed and in awe of you. I totally get what you are saying about blogging helping you get in touch with the real you...I feel the same way.
    I had another blog and my followers were growing steadily and then I had a nasty incident happen that meant I had to close it down (I should clarify that I was on the receiving end not the cause of nastiness!!).

    The lesson I have taken away (and reflect on as I have started a new blog) is not to assume that everyone who is reading your blog wants the best for you...unfortunate but true.

    There is nothing wrong with keeping as much of your life as private as you want...blogging doesn't have to be a confessional.

    I love your blog and admire your strength, drive and obvious devotion to your family

    Cheers, Lib

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  32. Lou Lou and A-M,

    You are both amazing. Never change.

    xxx

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  33. Oh, Sweetheart. I am so proud of you. You know that. Keep on keeping on. You make our worlds brighter. J x

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  34. I read your blog every day although it comment little. It would love to know you personally, I fell that we have a lot in common, and I realize that it does not matter where we are in, that language speak, our dreams, expectations, fears, protection to our children, hope that they are always happy,they are the same in any continent. God bless you and your lovely blog. Kisses from Brasil!!

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  35. Thank you Ames x
    And Miss Ames you never change too :)

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  36. I love your posts and have no judgement if you miss a day or a month of posts. We all have a life outside of our online life and sometimes our family needs us wholly.
    I wish you happiness and energy,
    xxx

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  37. AM, firstly, thankyou for replying to my comment last week, I had no internet for some time and wasnt able to write back to you, but wanted to... And I loved this post! I dont get to post everyday, but usually i check in on some of the lovely bloggers i have met since i began. I think i started to blog just to have a little something for me after focussing all my energies into being a mummy for so long.. And I am so glad that i did it! I think the friendships I have made so far have been the greatest (and unexpected) gift from blogging!! I feel really blessed to have the opportunity to connect in some way to such amazing and wonderful ladies!
    Hope you are having a very lovely weekend AM and cannot wait to see your new home being built! I am not sure how you will be able to top the last home, but have no doubt that you will!
    Laura xx

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  38. Great post
    we are all glad that you do blog as it is great fun to share discoveries
    Really enjoy the way bloggers tell us their story, through creative projects, photos and shared adventures

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  39. Perfect timing with this post A-M. I blog because I've always written. First it was journaling, then poetry, then short stories. I've always had something running through my head that I wanted to capture. Now I want to chronicle all of the amazing people and things in my life so that I will never forget how much I've been shaped by them all!

    XO, Andrea

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  40. Gosh you shouldn't feel guilty if you miss a day you are amazing I miss weeks, I started blogging to help with my on-line shop but to be honest my heart was not truly in it & I became more into looking at all these inspiring blogs leaving comments making friends & not doing much for myself.
    I have come to realise I love to make my own items so over this last 6 months while building my house I have finalli found myself & working on my new blog & web site which I feel is truly me.
    Love all your inspiration!! :)

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx