Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Blogging Our Hearts

Have you ever wondered who wrote the first blog? A simple request by Kim through her blog Daisy Cottage prompted my curiosity about the origin of blogging and the concept of sharing.

The Wall Street
Journal credits Jorn Barger as the source of the modern blog. In 1997, Barger began writing about links to online sites that interested him and discussing it on what he called his “weblog,” considered by the Oxford English Dictionary as the primordial root of the word “weblog.”

Today, blogging serves any number of purposes, medical, social, political, religious, the arts, and so on. You name the subject and there’s a whole world about it somewhere as expounded through blogs.

The blog world in which I participate is about living a creative life. It’s a social world that began for me by reading about sewing and then sharing my own crafting endeavors. But it’s gone beyond merely saying “look what I made.”

Blogging has brought me ways to enrich my life and that of my family, opened new venues of charitable service, and helped me focus on what I really find important in life. It has certainly brought friendship and served as a sort of equalizer in terms of my age and engaging in social communication with others.

By nature, I am a sharer. This has not always been welcomed by others which doesn’t make sense to me but that’s the way it is. So blogging has enabled me to put my heart and sincere wish to share into action.

Kim asked her readers to share stuffed hearts they made for her collection. The symbolism of a simple heart shared is what prompted me to think about the wonderful blog world in which I participate. So I went through my stash over the weekend and found some fabric to make her a heart. I embroidered her name after writing it free-hand on the fabric with a water-soluble marker.

I am sending Kim this little fabric heart—from my heart to hers. But it’s more than that. In a way, it’s also sharing it with you and that, for me, is what blogging is all about.


de vliegende koe said...

I love this post Junie, you always write the most amazing posts and the subjects are so various.
I’m so glad I discovered the world of bloggers and all the goodness that goes with it. The heart you made for Kim is gorgeous.

MammyT said...

Junie! I saw your comment on Seasonal Delights and came over to see you. I don't have the time now, but I will be back to browse around. Your profile tells me that you and I will get along just fine. Eclectic? Yes. Like you, I'm always going down a rabbit trail after something that "moved".
God bless you.

Jennifer said...

Wow - who knew?

Love the heart!

Lilli said...

I constantly marvel at this blogging community of ours and how it has changed my life. A few days ago I left the following comment for Pam Garrison after she expressed gratitude for the online support she received after a project she'd completed...

"Earlier today I was thinking about our special community of blogging artists, and how we found each other. Is there something in this online community that we couldn't find in our physical world at home? Is our desire for inspiration and creativity so large that it exceeds normal bounds? Is the internet a vehicle that feeds this growing wave of artistic expression in the world? Whatever the reason, I think this thing we have is magical and I'm so very grateful... in awe, really."

Sue said...

I'm fairly new to blogging and your blog was one of my first 'hits'. I visit you every day through FeedBlitz and look forward to your endeavors daily. As it's delayed a day, sometimes I get impatient and can't wait for the next post, so I visit manually! I've learned a lot from you... Also, Kim's heart is just adorable... she'll love it!

Pat said...

Blogging is a wonderful way to share a little of ourselves with the world.
I started my blog for the same reason Jorn Barger did, to be able to keep track of all the web sites that I researched about things that interested me in one place, so that I could share them with my non blogging family and friends. But it has since introduced me to so much more than that, as I have discovered so many other blogs of such great variety, and I've made friends with some wonderful people like you, June.
That'a a wonderful friendship heart you made for Kim! I'm going to go and visit her blog now. Thanks!

Mrs. Staggs said...

Kim will love this heart that you made for her June. It will fit perfectly into her sweet home.

I appreciate all that you share, but most especially I appreciate the way that you share your heart. Thank you.

Yummers! said...

That is the cutest heart... EVER!!
It's so simple and lovely. Your embroidery work is perfect, perfect, perfect!!!

Love the blog history too!
You are amazing, Junie Moon.

Off to vote in our Primary.
Hugs to you,

African Kelli said...

So well put, Junie. Blogging is about sharing your heart. I love it!

Storybook Woods said...

Oh how sweet. people who do not blog, just do not understand what a life changing experience it is xoxoxo Clarice

Jan said...

You speak from the heart, you share from the heart, and it is a joy to read your blog each day.

kathi d said...

That is lovely and expresses so well what I am beginning to feel as I get deeper into the blog world.

Robyn said...

June what a lovely post. I too have met some wonderful friends online through my blog! I love all their styles and love to read all their thoughts on things from their lives to their projects.

June I have truly enjoyed coming to your blog. You have enriched my life more than I can express. Thank you from the bottom of my ♥
You are a wonderful lady!
Hugs & ♥,

Kari & Kijsa said...

Love this! Our hearts go out to you!!!

kari & kijsa