Blogging 201 – Day One- Monday, July 20, 2015- Subject: Why Do I Blog and List 3 Goals

Blogging 201:  Back to school.  I can do this.
Blogging 201:
Back to school.
I can do this.

That photo will have to do until I can find something else. I still don’t know how to make my own photos except on imikimi….and then not well.

WHY DO I BLOG?

That is a great question for a first assignment.
WHY?

I wrote a little about that in the About Me Section…I think….I know I have it somewhere.
I love to write. I always have, Once upon a time I was really good at it.
Long story short on that subject:
Years of debilitating migraines and other health problems have done a number on my brain.
I lost much of my ability to put words to paper as I see them in my head.
I still dream of being a writer and having my poems and writings published.
Once I was…..Very small time papers and magazines.

I started writing on Facebook 6 years ago. I had not been on the internet except emails  and a few other things for 3 years. We didn’t get it where we were living.

Our First Roundup at the Lake Kissimmee State Park. Working and playing.  2007
Our First Roundup at the Lake Kissimmee State Park. Working and playing. 2007 Danny is right behind me. 

When I started on FB, it was 3 years after my only child died.
I had been working those 3 years volunteering at the state park where we live.
Danny is a park ranger there.

Working on a Prescribed Burn  on Rolling Meadows Ranch- right in back of where we  live now.
Working on a Prescribed Burn on Rolling Meadows Ranch- right in back of where we live now.
Grand Opening Of Our Kayak Launch and Dock - A huge year and a half project Danny was given. Only 4 people at the park knew about it for the first year...Danny and I. Our manager and assistant manager. Hush Hush  It was a labor of love for Danny and I.
Grand Opening Of Our Kayak Launch and Dock – A huge year and a half project Danny was given. Only 4 people at the park knew about it for the first year…Danny and I. Our manager and assistant manager. Hush Hush
It was a labor of love for Danny and I.

I worked /we worked almost non-stop. I worked because I couldn’t stop. If I did, I’d have to face the fact that Bobby had died. So I worked. Doing everything I could for everyone. Helping. I WORKED HARD. PHYSICALLY.

Bobby at 23 .
Bobby at 23 . He was just shy of turning 25 when he died.

When I started on FB I had one account. No Pages.
Once I started writing there I couldn’t stop.
I found Compassionate Friends….
I found other Angel Mom’s And Dad’s.
I became an Angel Mom.
For the next 5 years…….that consumed me.
I had a reason to get up and help others.
I still was volunteering at the park.
I will always volunteer there as much as I can when I can.
I now have multiple Facebook accounts and pages and groups.
Debbie- Sarah Kasch
Sarah Kasch
Are my 2 Angel Mom accounts.
Not everyone is an angel mom or dad or grandparent of one. My high school friends and family are on Debbie Sarah…
I am rambling.
ANYWAY:
There finally came a time that I needed a break from all the grieving and listening to others grieve…I couldn’t help everyone….
I couldn’t keep up. There were always new stories. More deaths.
Gloom and doom.
So I started Sarah’s Attic of Treasures and wow it took off. I now have over 10, 00 followers there. Most from before this last year.
I opened another account Sarah Sue…..the one here and started using Sarah’s Attic from there.
It is public whereas the other 2 aren’t.
I  just love to share what I like.

A few months ago I felt I needed more.
A year or so ago , I actually started a blog on WordPress but never did anything with it. I started this one in April and here I am.

SO WHY DO I BLOG?

I blog because I have to.
Depression HAD set in…….
Summer is hard for me living as we do in FLORIDA.
Did you know it was HOT and Humid here?
Most of the year.

I blog because it keeps me sane.
I blog FOR ME.
That is my Number one reason.
Reason 2.
I need to. I already mentioned why.
Reason 3.
I have isolated myself here at home….Health reasons and personal ones.
I needed to get out of the rut I am in.
I needed to meet new people. Make friends.
Reason 4
This is one of the most important for me.
I want to make people smile a little more than they do.
I want to share what I like or think they might like.
I want to make others happy , even if it is only for a moment.
Reason 5
I want to  learn.
Reason 6
I want to Grow. Not just the blog but me. I want to GROW. To be a better person.
I want to live again.

I wrote a BOOK and haven’t even gotten to my 3 goals yet.
GOALS      GOALS     GOALS     GOALS    GOALS     GOALS      GOALS     GOALS

I have so many.

Number ONE:

To set MONTHLY GOALS and actually get them done.

I wanted to make several lists of things I needed to do for the month. I started one then I can’t find where I saved it to.
I published part of one and never got back to adding to it.
I am working these goals …..some of them…here at home….

Number TWO:

TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON PROJECTS HERE AND AT HOME.

I actually included this as part of my first goal.
I am really BAD At this.
I mean well. I just get busy or bogged down.

Number THREE:

TO BETTER ORGANIZE , PRIORITIZE,  DECLUTTER  AND REFINE WHAT I REALLY WANT TO DO AND THEN DO IT 
MY LIFE,
MY BLOG,
MY FILES
MY HOME
WORK
PERSONAL

Number FOUR

TO BE A BETTER BLOGGER
To visit more blogs and write BETTER comments. Not just hitting like and not saying anything all the time.
I know I can respond to every blog I get. So I will continue to like them.
MY GOAL IS TO REALLY INTERACT WITH OTHER BLOGGERS .
To be there for them.
To work on my writing skills……That is ongoing.
WORK ON PROOFREADING BEFORE I CLICK SEND/ PUBLISH. 

Number 5

To GET BACK TO DOING MY WEEKLY OR AT LEAST ALMOST WEEKLY POST ON OUR NECK OF THE WOODS.

EVEN WHEN I AM SICK AND LAID UP.

Number 6

I want to learn how to do BLOG HOPS AND ADD ONE A WEEK TO MINE. IF NOT EVERY WEEK THE AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH.

NUMBER 7
WORK ON MY BLOG/PAGES
OUR NECK OF THE WOODS AND
SARAH’S LIFE: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
BOTH ARE PAGES ON SARAH SUE /FACEBOOK.

I MAY ALSO START ONE ON GRIEVING . I HAVE A PAGE ON FACEBOOK AS WELL.

That’s it for now…..I can’t seem to stop.

Once I get started I want to do everything right now.
I will tweak and re-tweak this many times.

I can do this: YES I CAN.
MY NEW MOTTO.

Love Sarah

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi Sarah. What an amazing set of reasons and goals. So sorry for your loss. I had two terrible traumatic losses end of 2013 and 2014, including a 6 year old in my daughter’s first grade class. It’s impossible. Most Definitely creative expression is one of the few things that helps. Anyway I admire your courage and perseverance! Look forward to getting into your blog as I share a lot of your goals!

    1. Natasha,
      Thank you for such a heartfelt message. I am so glad I signed up for Blogging 201 because I am meeting so many wonderful other bloggers. I needed to reach out more than I had been. I have become a hermit at home. Not all by choice.
      I was impressed by what I saw on your blog. I wish I had more time to spend on it.
      I can’t believe we already have our new assignment. It doesn’t seem possible that the weekend is over with….I spent most of it, sitting in this chair trying to restore my computer. I did everything but a total restore. I think it was called a refreshing. I still have APPS I need to reinstall. Our internet makes everything take 10xs longer to download and upload that it did just a week ago. And it was slow then.
      SO I am BEHIND. It seems the more I try to fix on the blog the more I mess up.
      It’s all learning and I do enjoy learning.
      I am rambling. I do that way too much. Thanks again.
      HUGS, Sarah

      1. Thanks Sarah. I love how blogging is a way to find kindred spirits you wouldn’t otherwise meet. I’m a rambler too and take many words to say something I could say simpler. As an introvert I especially love meeting other unusual people I have a lot in common with without having to go anywhere! I really believe this kind of contact can save your life. No matter how you’re feeling you can get real emotional support and understanding this way. It’s really life saving!

        1. This kind of contact has certainly saved mine.
          I live a fairly lonely life right now and it is sad to say but right now you all on here….meaning Social Media…know more about me than anyone I know here in Florida. I have lived here for almost 9 years. What is even worse: you know more about me …….what I am doing RIGHT now….meaning also here on Social Media than my husband does. He knows very little about anything I have done on Facebook. For years I was on there constantly helping and being helped. This was with my angel mom’s and dad’s. I’ve mentioned Sarah’s Attic Of Treasures. Facebook. I have mentioned Our Neck Of The Woods also on Facebook. When I started the BLOG mentioned it.
          As far as I know : Not once has Danny ever asked about any of them.
          Not once.
          We use to share everything.
          There are things I have written I really am glad he hasn’t seen….but there is nothing NOT OPENED….Not available for him to see,
          Nothing.
          I have over 10, 000 “Friends/Followers on Sarah’s Attic Of Treasures ON Facebook. That s a lot of people who at one time, I made smile or said something they liked.
          Danny has no idea.
          He tells me everything about it day….over and over again. Most of it I already know since I have a radio at home and I hear all of the transactions that go on all day.
          I miss working together almost every day.
          That’s when things started on the downward side…at least for me.
          I wasn’t connected any more.
          I need to get off…I said more than I planned to. I am just tired of hurting….tired of feeling alone.
          Natasha…HUGS….Have a good Monday….Sarah

          1. Sarah Thanks for the reply to my reply! I find sometimes blogging does not involve people I have a lot of contact with, like family members and people I live with. Most of the time I think it’s that these people want to talk to me directly, not read or look at what I do. Facebook seems different. Sometimes Facebook can be very strange, like a relative emailed me yesterday asking if I looked at his Facebook post instead of calling me up to tell me he fell off a ladder and had a second fall and went to the doctor etc.! It was crazy he wanted to tell me to look at his FB post to find out about his medical issues! and this person is over 85, which I guess is great that he even uses FB, but it felt like I was in the Looking Glass World! Anyway it sounds like you feel lonely, so I’m glad you have so many people who care about you on the internet! I am glad to have met you!

  2. Good evening, I hope you are well. I just wanted to wish you luck with you blogging goals. 🙂

    1. Sophie, Thank you.
      I wish you the same.
      I am excited and scared at the same time.
      I isolate myself so much of the time….ONLY reaching out when I want to. Now ….because of Blogging 201 I am having to do more…..Not oh it can wait another day any more. I have needed something to wake me up and get me going again.
      Have a wonderful night.
      Heres to Blogging and Blogging 201. Sarah

      1. Thank you. I also seem to find myself isolated (I am hoping among other things university will help me in making a good set of friends).

        I am hoping to gain more confidence in the blogging world and be able to post something without being fearful of what people will say.

        Happy Blogging!! 🙂

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