200 Blogs

thanks for reading my blogYesterday was my 200th Blog on “Spilt Milk”.  I am amazed and a little pleased with myself for keeping it up for close to a year (weekends and holidays excluded).

Someone I was talking with today didn’t really understand what the purpose of blogging is.  I’m not sure I do either but that is because it means something different to every blogger.  Some of us have themes and even missions we put in front of readers.  Some are trying to make money and cater to a particular niche.  Some are experimenting with writing styles and appreciate the input of the blogging community about their work.  Some use it as a type of journal and others like me haven’t really figured out what to use it for yet so we just write.

Recently I was asked to participate in a blogging group with a particular market audience.  It wouldn’t require the same sort of daily input as this blog but may require a little more thought, research and study.  I’m looking forward to it because it will challenge my skills in a different way and also give me opportunity to support the other bloggers in the group and seek out guest bloggers as well.

Certainly in 200 entries I have covered a wide variety of subjects and I have ventured into areas which are a bit risky for writers.  Writing one’s own story, even when it’s in bits and pieces like mine is here, can be difficult territory when it touches on the lives of others in one’s life, particularly family and friends.  Things which are said have to be carefully coated with love and respect without sacrificing the truth.  It is tricky.

Strangely enough, baring my own soul is not that difficult.  I think that comfort level has been a product of many years of work in the mental health field.  So many times I have heard people tell their stories of difficulties and struggle.  They have been honest and open with me and so trusting that I would honour those stories and hold them as sacred.  Because of that I have come to have the same sort of trust with my story.  Those who chose to dishonour the stories we live and tell, also dishonour themselves, so I don’t have to worry about them.

One of the benefits I was not expecting at all from blogging was meeting a whole new group of people who are members of the blogging family.  My new acquaintances stretch from North America around the globe to India and Australia.  They have good input and also keep me mindful of the global audience to whom I may have to explain customs and events which I take for granted.  They even remind me about time differences and climate.

I mentioned a few weeks ago I am now in the process of reviewing the blog and seeking what I might change or tweek in the new year.  Your honest evaluation and input is always welcome.

Thanks for reading. Wonder where the next 200 will take us.





About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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