Tuesday, May 08, 2007
I blog in the same way that cultural geography was my favorite class in college—even though I was a communications major. I'm intrigued with how people communicate, creative exploration (outside traditional and formal writing), and how people interact with each other (social interaction). I'm also intrigued with technology, and blogging was something tangible and immediate I could learn and make. And finally, I've always wanted to be a succesful diary keeper, and never quite attained that goal.
I started blogging twice before I kicked it into gear here at Lelo in Nopo. My other blogs both began in the first few days of the year, once in 2002, and again in 2003. I think my first blog was called "Are you there God, it's me Margaret." But they fizzled out and didn't really stick. (And ladies, who among us didn't read that transformative Judy Bloom book as a girl?!)
Through Lelo (which, by the way, I assume you all know that's not my real name)I've met some really fantastic people, and even made some great friends in real life. I would never have met them otherwise, as our paths just wouldn't cross. I think of the fantastically witty writer who works from home here in Portland, the suburban lesbian with three kids and the cutest dog ever, and the talented chef and wonderfully deep friend in Las Vegas. I never thought my blog would connect me to new people in real life, but funny how it has. It also has given a window of my life to my parents, who visit my blog several times a week, and I'm glad this transparency is open to them: they can see their lesbian daughter is pretty normal and has the sense of humor and sarcasm they recognize as their own.
So I've had other blogs, including a gardening blog over at OregonLive (which like many of the blogs there are dying a slow and painful death). And I have a new blog in the works, as part of my new professional website. My "voice" here on Lelo sometimes sneaks into my other writing, or in my "speak" with people. It will be interesting to see how it combines with my professional voice, or doesn't.
Thanks for the tag on this meme! Go pay my new friend there a visit and check out his blog. As all memes ask, I'll tag the requisite five people to answer this question as well. You've been tagged:
1. Witchtrivets (one half of the amazingly brave lesbian couple who moved from the deep south to Portland this past year)
2. Jesus H. Christ (why does he blog? isn't that the eternal question?)
3. Purple Twinkie (because he needs some good topics and if he hasn't already answered this question he should)
4. Maggie (finding her way in Montana with wit, humor and a whole lotta patience)
5. Neva Miss Feva (our strange coincidence of living in the same town while being from the same hometown and her bravery in living with lupus inspires me)
So these are many of the reasons and stories behind why I blog. Why do you blog?
Posted by LeLo at Tuesday, May 08, 2007