I am just entering my 5th year of blogging.
Last week I was asked to speak for 5-6 minutes about my blog. It was a couples club at church and the program was for about 10 people to display their hobbies. I was specifically asked to talk about my blog. This was quite a challenge believe me because although there were 130 people there almost all of them were retired. When I asked how many people know what a blog is, maybe 25% of them raised their hand.
So to try to explain the concept of the internet and blogging in 5 or 6 minutes to the majority of people who know very little about computers was more than a challenge -- never mind getting down to what I do on my blog.
I decided to go for the simplest, though not too accurate an explanation and that was to describe the internet as being like an enormous magazine with thousands upon thousands of pages. Then I said that blogs were like a large section of pages within the magazine. Then I told them that I own one page and that's my blog. I also told them a bit about the kinds of things I put on my blog. Many had no idea you could put pictures on a blog.
They asked me to tell why I blog. I explained that I originally started because I wanted to keep my writing skills sharp. Most of the people there know I have written several books, so they could identify with that. But there are much larger answers to that question now, although I didn't have time to go into them then.
But I did have these to demonstrate: My Blog Books!
My Blogs 2007
My Blogs 2008
My Blogs 2009
COMING SOON -- MY BLOGS 2010
That certainly made a difference. Many people looked at my blog books. I'm wondering how many of them wanted to see what the Pastor's wife had been up to for the past few years :) !!
Each year I have the past year's blogs made up into a book through BLOG2PRINT. It is my husband who is urging me to do this. He likes my writing and my photographs.
When I was a teenager I kept a diary every day for 8 years. Now my Blog Books are like an illustrated journal.
For me as a pastor's wife, who can't sing and can't play the piano, isn't a good cook and isn't very comfortable in social situations, (the usual requirements), it is some comfort to know that I CAN write.
I don't mean to infer that I am a brilliant writer, but I can usually make myself understood.
So now I just have to get down to ordering my 2010 Blog Book before my computer crashes.