I ask myself this question all the time.
1. Makes Our Family Public: This is probably the hardest to deal with. Is it "safe" to make our family so public? I have briefly thought I might make the blog private to only friends and family, but I don't want to do this (refer to D.). For me, when a blog goes private I say good-bye to that blog and the family on it. It is too much work to ask to read their blog. Should I not post pictures of our kids faces? I don't want to do this either, because our kids are very cute and without them the blog would be very boring...
2. Self Centered: Blogs can feel very self centered to readers at times. Look what I did! Look at my beautiful family! We are so perfect and wonderful and do really great things! Our blog doesn't show the dirty floors, dishes in the sink, the ugly things I've made, the super boring things we do...only the good stuff. I really hope our blog doesn't seem self centered. Maybe I will do a post about dirt and dysfunction to balance things out a bit.
After much reflection these are the reasons I blog...
A. Family Far Away: This blog started as an easy way to share photos and stories for family and friends who live far away.
B. Creative Outlet: The blog is another creative outlet for me. It gives me a chance to share the photos I'm proud of and do a little bit of writing. There are many blogs out there that have inspired me to use my blog creatively.
C. Therapeutic: During some rough times it has been very therapeutic for me to write my feelings and get support from others in blogland. This post,this one, this post, and this one are just a few that have helped me through some ups and downs. This leads into D.
D. Connections: Blogging has brought to me several lifelong friends, who I never would have met if it wasn't for our blog. The support I have received through these connections has gotten me through some tough times.
E. Shamelessly...Free Advertising: I have a small craft business...if you didn't know this already. Blogging about my "shop" and my crafts brings me business. I love sewing and creating for others.
In conclusion...I will be a blogger for a while.