"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
Was his death "justified?" Oh, absolutely. Thousands of times over, by law. Am I comforted he isn't out there, waging war against us? Yes. But I'm not HAPPY he's dead.
Phew. OK, got that out of the way.
I've been thinking about my blogs, too. DIY Mama. The Chow Review. Mormon Mommy Blogs. And that little blog I started for family. I have to wonder, why do I have all these blogs? Why am I blogging?
The family blog, for now, is completely neglected. It had turned into photos with captions, read by about 5 family members...who all have access to my Flickr account. The ones who don't get updates, I send them (her...hi Mom!) e-mails when some great photos pop up.
DIY Mama is where I keep track of everything crunchy that we're learning about. We've learned a lot in the last few years, and want a place to keep track of what we've done and what we've tried, and I want to keep a record for anyone else interested in what we're doing, and maybe giving it a whirl. Things like gardening, home schooling, attachment/Waldorf/love and logic/it makes sense to ME parenting skills. How to make things naturally and cheap. Off the beaten track remedies and foods. You know, all that "scary" stuff that's made us so happy the last few years.
Mormon Mommy Blogs...well, I'm a monthly contributor in the "Homemaking and Everyday Life" section. And really, it's just for fun, a chance to write for a broader audience. I get a bump in "click backs" on the days my posts are live, and I enjoy checking out the blogs of like-minded mamas and papas that I find in that community. Plus...well, it just gives me a tiny ego-boost I guess to know that somebody wanted me to write there, when I applied! (I've had opportunities to write for other online avenues, but they weren't good fits.)
The Chow Review is still, as it's always been, a place for my family (Hi Aunt LoLo! Hi Uncle Bear!) to store recipes we L.O.V.E. Recently, my sister updated our bread section with home made cinnamon chips, and her favorite bread recipes. Recipes for the SAME bread she sells to paying customers. It's that good.
This blog here, I Wonder Woman, I think I'd been the most confused about. It started out as a "family" blog, writing about silly things my daughter did and said. Then, I started learning how to make simple gifts for cheap to satisfy my "want" to give presents to EVERYONE without spending beyond our limited student-budget means. I started writing a few tutorials to give back to the community a bit, and they were pretty popular. (Especially these earrings, holy cow!) I started thinking I needed to be a craft blog, since that's why people were coming. Unfortunately, I don't always have time to craft, and it turns out that I'm just not that good at it. Ha. (It's just the truth- I can't even use a glue gun properly!) I still love to craft, but most of all I love making new connections, and writing about what I see. You could shorten that to "I just love to write what I know."
And, obviously, now that I've written this whole spiel out, I'll go on a craft bender. Hee.
Do you ever stop and think about WHY you blog? Or what you blog about, really?