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.