Meme: Five Ways Blogging Has Changed Me  

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Lynet at Elliptica tagged me. This meme was begun by L. L. Barkat. The rules are as follows:

1. Write about 5 specific ways blogging has affected you, either positively or negatively.
2. link back to the person who tagged you
3. link back to this parent post (LL says she's "not so much interested in generating links, but rather in tracking the meme so I can perhaps do a summary post later on that looks at patterns and interesting discoveries.")
4. tag a few friends or five, or none at all
5. post these rules— or just have fun breaking them

Five ways blogging has changed my life:

1. I feel like I've joined a community in the blog world, or in my case many small communities. For all that communities offer, the best thing is friendship. I feel like I've made some friends for life in the blogging world.

2. Joining people of like mind on any subject gives me more opportunity to think about things I normally wouldn't; things I'm interested in, but have little stimulation in my normal life. I've thought more about science in the last year than I think I have in the past 10 years and I'm a better person for it.

Most people think that blogging communities tend to insulate people, and they can, but I think in belonging to multiple communities I've been able to grow from multiple influences.

3. I can't think of how many times I've received words of encouragement, advice, congratulations, sympathy, and just friendly thoughts on this blog. It's made me happier.

4. I've grown more comfortable with me. I used to segment myself into work-me, home-me, alone-me, and family-me (and probably several others). And to some extent I still do. But through writing as alone-me, I feel more comfortable or maybe I'm more used to expressing myself.

5. Blogging has lead me further into not just talking about things, but doing them too. From podcasting to photography, I feel like I've been able to put my thoughts into action and it feels good.

Okay, I tag:

Mamacita Chilena

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3 comments: to “ Meme: Five Ways Blogging Has Changed Me

  • Venjanz
    Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 7:54:00 PM CDT  

    Interesting... this is something I have never even thought about.

  • L.L. Barkat
    Friday, October 24, 2008 at 7:24:00 AM CDT  

    I liked that last one, about passing dreams and interests being turned into action. I believe it has worked that way for me too.

    Also, the part about paying attention to new subjects. Yes, on the science thing! Right now, I'm actually thinking and thinking and thinking about how the brain functions. Blogging is my way to turn those thoughts in the light.

    Love your self-portrait to the left, btw. I'm an artist... well, I was one professionally... now I'm just an artist in my heart. And I enjoy finding cool and inspiring art along my blogosphere journeys.

  • Unknown
    Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 3:39:00 PM CDT  

    Venjanz: You should do the meme. Or maybe you have. I'm still catching up.

    LL: Ah, I've been thinking about the brain a lot too. It's just fascinating to think about the way things work.

    It's not a self portrait. I picked up a template that was an old blogger template and adapted it. I have since had my hair cut short, but I don't know that I look like the girl in the picture still. I wish I was that talented, but I can't draw at all.


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