i thought i'd start a new blog series called monday favorites where i write about something i love. when i had my wordpress blog, i had a lot of good blog series....perhaps i'll revive some of them because they were pretty fun to write.
today's monday favorites post: my love of the blogosphere.
i love blogging; i could spend hours fixing up my site, thinking about things to write and organizing this blog just the way i like it. i've gotten better at image manipulation and html coding over the years but that's simply from a mild form of OCD that often plagues me when i have to figure out how to do something. when i didn't want to pony up the cash for someone to design my blog, i taught myself how to use photoshop (or at least the main elements) so that i could cut my own images. when i didn't want to bug my developer friends for custom code, i searched and scoured the internet for snippets of code that i glued together so that i could customize my social media icons or images and be able to place them in a specific area of my blog. i taught myself all about digital scrapbooking so that i could make my own custom banners and while my work is a hack job at best, it's something i'm proud of because i did all on my own.
my love for blogging started back in 2003 when i called it 'my online journal' and livejournal was the platform that ruled my small blogging world. i've since taken several platforms for a test drive - blogger, tumblr, wordpress - and landed on typepad when i decided to launch my parenting site back in 2009. at first, typepad was a little hard to get used to; it required some coding knowledge for small customizations; coding that i hadn't done since i left college but with patience and determination, i practiced this craft and while i'm not an expert, i'm not that bad either.
i blog whenever i can - at work (shhh!), after kayla goes to bed or whenever the inspiration strikes. i email myself blog ideas or topics, i take pictures for my posts and i'm always thinking about series to create, like this one.
reading and interacting with (new) blogs is also something i love doing. i used to be a quiet lurker - reading but never commenting - but i've turned a new leaf and often interact with the blogs i follow. stepping out of my blogging shell has allowed me to get to know some great fellow bloggers and i love reading what they write.
are you a blogger? what do you love about the blogosphere?
oh, and if you want to start this series on your own blog, go right ahead but please let me a comment with a link to your blog so i can read about your favorites!