I was going to write about my SJ turning 6 this past weekend.
I was going to write about my SJ turning 6 this past weekend.
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I wrote blogs for my kids’ birthdays. I don’t feel like that was narcissistic but I also wrote one for mine, that may have been narcissistic, but I don’t really care either. Anyway, you managed to write about it and make an entertaining and thoughtful post. Good job.
Thanks for the compliment.
Good for you for writing what you want.
I love to read other people experiences. I believe it enables a person to grow through other’s experiences. As for narcissism, I do not think so, you are expressing your feeling, beliefs, and opinions and you talk about what you are facing in your life to me that is sharing you experiences.
I agree with Linneann, you always make it worth the read, thank you
Fristly, thanks for the positive feedback.
Secondly, I appreicat the way you view things.
I really like this post. You make a good point about bloggers. But I think people who read your blog do care about SJ (and the rest of your family) and the “habits noted above”. It’s one of the reasons we read your blog, because we want to feel like we’re not alone in this parenting and writing thing. We want to know that someone else is out there talking about, complaining about, and praising their kids.
Decades ago, we would have leaned over our backyard fence and chatted about all the things we now write about on our blogs. You would likely have told us, your neighbours, that it was SJ’s birthday and you would have shared the things about SJ that made you proud. So why not share them here?
Like your said, you look at your “blog and the blogosphere as a way to form community.” We are your readers, your community. Keep on sharing with us.
Thanks for the long and thoughful reply. I appreciate what you had to say.
I really like the way you depict/view things. The sense of community and viritual fence that we talk over is really well stated.
This post wouldn’t have had the “bang” that it does, had you not included all those lovely things about SJ. Narcissistic or not, it makes blogging relatable, and more enjoyable. 🙂
Thanks. I appreciate you saying that.
Well, blogging can be completely narcissistic. BUT, it can also be a way to share life with one another. We can’t share life if we don’t actually tell our part of the story. When other people speak about their genuine feelings and experiences, I think we all benefit.
And I have all these opinions because I’ve wrestled with this exact thing before. It can feel very self-centered.
The first paragraph you have written is articulate and a wonderful defense of blogging. I suppose it is the way you overcame the wrestling match you are have had with your feelings.
Great blog , although it just made me self-conscious…
You’re welcome. Aren’t you happy your back?
There are so many things to say about blogs – and about your blog as well! – I enjoyed reading about 6 year old SJ – I enjoy reading about your family. Yes, there might be many of them – but hey – there are as many reasons to blog for each person as there are families to blog about. Of course it’s natural you blog about your family!! (which seems to be a very nice one!)
You’re blogging nicely and I always enjoy reading your posts. I did see other family posts and didn’t enjoy them even half as much as I do yours!
Being good in blogging, having a nice family and having followers enjoying your blog posts, in my opinion doesn’t have much to do with being narcissitic!
You’re doing great!!
Well, I will take that. Thanks so much.
I agree that people do blog for many different reasons. I don’t have a particular/specific reason as I alluded to in the piece. However, I am enjoying it for many reasons.
I also enjoy your posts about your children and your marriage and love where you went with this post. I don’t care one bit if writing about my family/life/feelings makes me narcissistic. I’ve been called worse!
I am afraid to know what it is you have been called that is worse.
Thanks for the compliment.
Great post!! It made me giggle! I personally love when people gloat and act proud of their children. It shows that they care and are great parents. And really, if we don’t brag and gush about our children…who will? Everyone needs a cheerleader!
I never thought of myself as the cheerleader, but I certainly am proud of SJ and enjoy gushing about him on occassion.
It isn’t Narcissistic to talk about your son’s birthday. It is love. Most bloggers talk about things that have meaning for them. Things like, family, kids, country, etc. are always a delight to read because all those things make us human. Keep writing about your boys. BTW, you are much brave than I, as I can never manage to watch either of those shows you mention. Makes me crazy because it is so banal.
I don’t know if i would call it brave, but I will take the compliment.
OK, you are not a Narcissist, I love your blog and reading everything about it! Please feel free to write about your sons, as a mom, I love to hear and read other mothers stories and how they deal with stuff! 🙂 (don’t forget : We are reading your blog because we like it) 🙂
So very nice of you to say.
I also enjoy hearing other parents stories/experiences.
By the way, you are not reading a mom blog – dad here.
you are right! 🙂 sorry! 🙂 as a mom, love to hear and read other parents stories and how they deal with stuff!
I think that your blog is relevant to those of us who have taken an interest in following it 🙂 Feel free to gush. It’s incredibly sweet.
Cool. I appreciate that. Ultimately, I don’t think I am such a gusher, but I get your point.
By honestly sharing the specific details of your own experiences, you achieve the most universal appeal. We see ourselves in one another.
I have to say firstly, I really look forward to your blogs… I love your writing style and yes I have to agree as mentioned above, we are a community! We share two parenting styles that are quit similar yet different not sure if its because I have an all girl clan or maybe b/c we just share similar concerns but its somehow relates. Keep thinking and writing b/c not only does it work, it also matters. 🙂
I reallyappreciate your comment. I think I’ve read it three times already.
It matters – that is awsome!
Happy Birthday SJ 🙂
Who even cares about the blogosphere because I don’t I blog for my own reasons, A timeline of life, events and photos.
Also for family and friends overseas to read.
If the ‘strangers’ I mean supporters stop by.. well great 🙂 I love to hear the views from new people. 🙂
You just carry on doing what your doing !
Thanks on his behalf.
I will follow your marching orders.
This is so funny. My daughter’s birthday was on Sunday and I was intending to blog about it… but I didn’t for some reason. I really like your writing style. Me thinks I’ll follow you!
Me thanks you for joining me on the journey.
Happy birthday to your daughter. How old is she?
She’s 8 and in 2nd grade. She’s a total handful, but I love her for that. Keeps my life interesting!
Souns alot like my older boy in third grade.
Your a great writer. I enjoy your way of thinking.
Thanks for the compliment. It’s nice to find people who are on the same page.
If we can’t be proud of our families then who can we be proud of?! I have no idea who your kids are or what you look like and that is of no significance at all, it doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy reading about your family life. I always take something positive from your blog whether it be the things I wish I had said to my son, or just a smile at your thoughts and life in general. I like your blog, keep talking about yourself and your family, please don’t change it 🙂
I very much appreciate your comments here. Thank you very much.