Friday, June 8, 2012

In Defense of Blogging by Mango Momma

I will try to be brief (and I will also include some heretofore unpublished photos of the boys for your entertainment).






I know there are people in the DWB community who have abandoned or nearly abandoned blogging in favor of FaceBook or Twitter (or both). That makes me sad.






When I was growing up we had one phone in the house and long distance calling was not to be done without planning your budget. Subsequently we wrote letters. I persisted in letter writing well into adulthood with anybody who would engage me. Sure, a phone call was immediate, but a letter could be read over and over. Phone calls were not only gone as soon as you hung up, but the contents of the conversation became murky with the passage of time.


When my grandmother died, I was given a box containing all the letters I ever wrote to her (a companion to my box of letters from her). I have often reread and cherished those letters. 








For me, blogs are to FB and Twitter what letters are to phone calls. I love being able to read stories about my friends. I love being able to go back and read old stories. I love that when I "meet" a new friend in blogland that I can read their posts from months or years gone by and get to know them better. And, perhaps most importantly, I love being able to read comments written during times of struggle, both human and canine (or equine or feline). Would it surprise you that I have gone back to my posts about Mango's seizures to reread the comments? It isn't just about his seizures, it is about being able to feel the warmth and support of the blog community when I am anxious about the dogs.








Sure, it takes time. It takes time to compose a post. It takes time to read posts and it takes time to comment. I don't read posts or comment nearly as often as I used to and I frequently just hit the old MAAR button. But you know what? Some posts I read more than once or I go back to read what other people have written in the comments. Because unlike FB or Twitter, it is all still right there, easy to find, not crowded out by the latest round of alerts (both trivial and important).








So, consider this my pep talk to anybody out there who has fallen out of the habit of blogging. Stay in the game. Don't worry if you can't always read or comment. It doesn't matter. Do it for yourself. Do it to have a permanent record of the short time you have with your beloved pets.








Mango Momma! Oh yeah!


P.S. OK, actually, we eventually had TWO phones, but only one call could be made at a time and there was always the old "keep the line open" for when somebody was expecting an important communication.

74 comments:

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Woo Go DOH!!!

Bloggers rokhk!!!

AND Blogging Humans are THE FURRY BEST ;-)

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra
PeeEssWoo: My DOH has a starter Labradork AND Dorkette on Sunday's transport - she shared their pikhs on *GASP* FB!

Bouncing Bertie said...

Mango Momma,

Well said, I totally agree!

And another thing. It turns out that the time spent composing a 'proper' post isn't time wasted at all. I have found that the discipline of writing something a couple of times a week that has some sort of a shape (yes, Bertie and I do aim for that, believe it or not!) and occasionally even conveys a thought more complex than can be expressed in 140 characters, has hugely improved the fluency with which I write in other contexts - reports for work, letters to elderly relatives who don't have email, job applications etc etc.

In summary, long may your wonderful, wonderful blog continue!

Cheers,
Gail.

Of Pit Bulls and Patience said...

Thanks Mango Momma! I haven't blogged or FB'd in a while- life has been too busy to lend a whole lot of free time. But it's funny how quickly you lose a good habit- I need to give myself a kick in the pants and jump back on that bandwagon!

3 doxies said...

I raise a toast to you and to dis here post! Ha, I made a rhyme.
Ummm....anyways. I total;y agree withs what you said. I liles to be ables to go and read bouts new furiends through their old posties too.
And sometimes I have to friggin' much to say I couldn't possibly do it on Twitter. And plus I never could fifure out da past tense of dat...afters you Tweet...does it become a Twat?

Puddles

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie said...

Dear MM we absoluely agree with you.

OK, so we don't blog as much as we want to but we do like to document the important and fun times of our lives for posterity. What better place to do it than on our blog.

Have a good weekend on your estate.

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

pippadogblog said...

I had a Twitter account but Misery couldn't see the attraction. We both had FB, she chucked those. We still have our blogs.

She would agree with you about letter writing, and also reading back over older posts. Whether hers, or my blog. Mine is far better IMDO of course.

And the photos of our wonderful dogselves. We look so much better on our blogs.

Writing a post and adding photos doesn't take too long. Getting round our friends does, which is why we are often slow, but you know that too.
Pippa

Mr. Pip said...

I couldn't agree more! Pip has a facebook page, but we rarely use it - it's probably been more than a year since we posted anything. I have also been kind of lazy about blogging this week - basically letting other things get in the way. You are so right about blogging giving you a record of your time with a beloved pet. Our vet thinks Pip probably only has a year or two left with his heart condition ...maybe less. I know I will treasure his blog once he is gone AND this is a definitely a reminder of why it is so important to continue!

Kristin Pip's assistant

Gus said...

Agree Agree Agreee.... Since "Like" buttons are not available on Blogger, consider yourself Liked for this post.

I do read
I do not always comment
I blog when I have something to say.

I am afraid to announce my retirement from blogging because I am not certain I would get any comments, but Gus' blog has been and still is all those things noted in your post and in prior comments.

And, when I found out Rich was saving the letters I wrote daily, I knew the wedding would go on as scheduled.

Barb
aka Gussie n Teka's Muzzer

Sam said...

What a great post. I only blog a few times per month nowadays, but I refuse to give up blogging completely for this exact reason.

Sam & MargeDog

Jake of Florida said...

We do agree...for all the reasons you and the previous posters have said. We miss our pals who have stopped blogging and often wonder how they are. And our mom has a pile of letters from her mom and grandpa that she cherishes.

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

ArtemisiaFSS said...

Our Mom so agrees with you and hopes you inspire more people to keep blogging.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Words well spoken, Mango Momma. We don't do FB or Twitter, and we don't post as often as we would like, but there is a lot of good that comes from these blogs. Hopefully we can all keep it going too.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Stay in the game! Your mama's order is so powerful!
Do blogging for yourself!
We'll do that. We feel so guilty 'cause we abandon our blog for a long while, not 'cause we chose Face Book or Twitter ( we don't have either one. We'll make commitment to blog again!
Wait for me, big brother Mango!
Mango minor and his two naughty Pug brothers Ximui and Chubs!
Cheers!

mayziegal said...

The timing of this post is so interesting for me. The other day, I needed to find a couple of old posts for someone I've been corresponding with. I ended up spending MUCH longer on there than I intended because I found myself re-reading many of them, including the comments. It occurred to me that the blog was like keeping a diary and that someday I will treasure those posts even more than I do now. That's why this part of your post really hit home: "Don't worry if you can't always read or comment. It doesn't matter. Do it for yourself. Do it to have a permanent record of the short time you have with your beloved pets." Love it!

In addition, blogging creates such a sense of community. When something happens in Blogville, we all feel it because we have spent time actually getting to KNOW our friends here. Sometimes better than we know our actual physical friends. You just don't get that with FB or Twitter, I don't think.

Anyway, thanks for a great post today. Something a lot of us needed to hear.

MayzieMomma

P.S. I almost peed my pants at Puddles' "twat" comment.

Casey said...

What a grreat post, I agree completely! I think that blogging and Facebook each have their places, but they don't replace each other. LBR has a FB page too, and it's very popular and gets lots of hits. But that doesn't mean we're shutting down the blog either, because it gives us longer-term stories and lets us build up on the whole stories of our dogs instead of just "here's a picture".

Amber DaWeenie said...

Very true and great postee! ALL my furiends are in Blogville and me feels closer to dem knowin they is dere! True...sometimes there is the TIME factor, butt we always skim through everything almost daily to make sure we don't miss sometin' important....like Mangos toots. Can't miss those. My assistant looks at FB...maybe every 6 months.

Have a great weekend!

MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA said...

Hi N,
I'm with you all the way. "Change" is very difficult for us all. Cyberspace is "Changing" rapidly, so is the world at large. It's the long-standing blogs that are going to provide a measure of security in this fast changing world. Keep blogging.
Great post. Don't get too disillusioned, my friend.
Lotsaluv
C

SissySees said...

Amen.

Erm... I can't resist. I can't add a thing to what you said, but oddly, just earlier this week, I explained to someone that blogging had replaced my journal. No, I don't write the same way and certainly not about the same thoughts, but it is a catalog of my life as I live it.

I am certain I have more photos of my dogs, friends, knitting, etc. because I blog. Thanks for putting this out there, and I hope at least one blogger stays in the game because of it.

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

As usual, Puddles has said what we all are thinking! I generally agree. However, I like emails better than paper letters, mostly because 1) I type much faster than I write, and 2) I never have enough stamps on hand. (And yes, I know that I am single-handedly causing the demise of the USPS, which causes me great sadness, and makes me even more grateful for the greeting cards we won in Sarge's nickname game.) BUT, while I like Facebook for being able to reconnect with old friends, I have never quite gotten the hang of Twitter - I follow a bunch of people, mostly so I have something to read while waiting in the line at the grocery store - but have tweeted less than 100 times in my life. While I am blogging less (damn job....), I like having years of photos and posts to go back and read. I also like going back and reading other peoples' blogs. Heaven help me if Blogger's servers ever blow up and I lose the text content (the photos I have backed up in 2 different places)... I like real books in my hands, too, even though I own (and like the instant gratification) a Kindle.

-Dr. Liz, who REALLY needs to crunch some numbers for next week's abstract deadline... (Deadline for an abstract, not a vague, theoretical deadline...)

jen said...

Awesome pep talk!
Blogging is hard, harder than I think most people think, but it is so rewarding which is why I continue to do it! It's is a wonderful community and it is great to have friends that share the same passion!

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OH Mango Momma... you REALLY did hit the Nail Clippers on the Head with this post!!! I tried Facebook... until my mom caught me... butt I gotta say... I just didn't FEEL THE LOVE.

Blogging is good for the SOUL. Flat out. We can share the FUN stuffs and lend a paw fur the Sad. We can actually SHARE our lives with our Furends all around the world.

As to the TIME... YES... it DOES take time to pawpare a post... and to READ and Feast our Eyes on our FUREND's Posts... butt WHAT better use of our TIME... I can NOT imagine. I was soooooo worried a year or so ago that we were going to LOSE all of our furends to FB and Twitter... butt I have come to realize that is NOT the case. Many of our furends who had "QUIT" have come BACK to us... Case in Point... PUDDLES and LORENZA.
LONG LIVE Blogville and LONG LIVE BLOGS.

Sue said...

Thank you for saying what I've been thinking. Blogging has changed my life and I treasure the new friends I've made.

Letter to follow.
Sue, the Portie Mom

Priscilla said...

Very well said, Mango Momma!

I don't do fb and twitter; I think it's partly because I don't have much time for them and I can't keep whatever I post in order.

Blogging has opened up my world where I've met so many wonderful friends and doggies, this is the place that I can share so many things either human or doggy issues with my blogging friends. Nobody judges me but everyone is willing to give me their advice and suggestions.

Hope the blogging world gets stronger each day!

Sammie and Avalon said...

You are such a good writer, MM - am ashamed that I've cut back so much on the blog because I don't give it the priority I once did. "Other things" were given more space and importance than blogging. I do, however, agree with absolutely ALL your points! In fact, when my grandma passed away, I was given an envelope full of letters, like you, that I'd written to her. I remember having two phones growing up as well, and having to learn the rules of a party line even (dating myself bigtime!) I was taught to write letters to everyone as a kid/teen and treasure the letters I kept from dear friends and family. I've read and reread as you say... Yikes - will try to blog a bit more, as it is a far more permanent and in-depth record of one's life and of the doggehs' lives. You are spot on.
xo
Sammie and Ava, but mostly Mom today

harrispen said...

Well said! Not much more to say that hasn't already been commented about.

Cindy

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Very well said! Agree with all the comments, especially Frankie Furter's.

rottrover said...

Thanks, MM, very well said. We don't FB or Tweet but have come to thoroughly enjoy blogging for the many reasons outlined above. I especially liked your point about having a permanent record of the short time we have with our pets. I've gone back on days when I really miss Gizmo, read posts and all the comments we got when he died. I've also re-read posts others have written that may be hysterically funny or very touching and poignant. My life has gotten busier of late - in a good way - but blogland has become a safe, stress-free island. And the support and caring are pretty amazing, too.

Oh, and Puddles... I think the past-tense of Tweet is Tweeted. Just sayin'...

Jen said...

Wonderful post!

I tweet in conjunction with blogging, but I don't think I'd ever just tweet in lieu of blogging.

Jo's World said...

I very much agree with your thoughts on FB and Twitter. I don't post often for Stella because we just don't do a lot to talk about. But I love blogging and the people I have met. I don't really understand FB or Twitter, and don't care enough to learn more about it. I do hope people stay with their blogs . . .its just a good thing!

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Reilly / Denny Cowspotdogs said...

We agree 150%!!!! Blogging is the letters that we miss so much, something we can go back to a read, a useful hint, some product someone mentioned. It had the added bonus of being a backup for a photos sometimes too! I joined DWB on facebook - but found it was like little groups that would talk amongst themselves and basically ignore others and can of always left out of what was going on. So these days - we are just bloggers and happy to be so.

Reuben said...

Mango Man, tell your Mama that she is a good person and she's right, dogblogging takes more time but the stories and connections is so much deeper! Thank yous for posting this, Mango's mama.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Dear FURENDs... THIS post has been on my mind fur HOURS now... I finally decided to make my post fur TOMORROW... a TRIBUTE to your WISE WONDERFUL WORDS!!!
Respectfully yours,
Frankie Furter..

Nola said...

That was a beautiful, well said post! I've reread comments from very happy times (Nola's gotcha day, my blogiversary) and very very hard times (the current passing of Charlotte) and every time it reminds me of the support I have
Nola's Mom

Martha and Bailey said...

Completely agree! Even though I am a bit of an absent blogger, you really can't beat it for having a record of what your and everyone else's pups have been up to.
Blogs are there and remain to be read and enjoyed.
The answer is not to feel guilty as then the enjoyment goes. I now just dip in and out of blogging when I can but I actually do enjoy reading them.
xxx

KB said...

You said it perfectly. I barely facebook and I don't tweet. I like the fact that blog posts have real content, telling stories accompanied by photos. I feel like they have so much more depth than a facebook comment or a tweet.

I'm with you, sticking with blogging.

Now, there's a whole additional level of "codgerness" that the Runner has. He hates everything associated with the internet (because he associates it with work). So, he would prefer that I didn't blog at all! You are positively modern compared to him.

Asta said...

Mango Mama
Yoo awe bwilliant and said what so many of us feel. We joined FB when so many of ouw fwiends stopped blogging, but just don't feel the spiwit of love and continooity we do wif blogs. This has been a hawd yeaw fow us and blogging has helped us feel that even though we had to move acwoss the wowld, we'we still pawt of ouw beloved bloggie community. We love being able to wead and wewead(mommi has about a jillion books that she weweads too, being old and fowgetful, it's like they'we all new again, hehehe)
I hope when life hewe settles a bit, we'll be mowe wegoolaw bloggews again. The vewy weel fwiendships we fowged thwoo bloggie have kept us going this yeaw..thank you
Smoochie kisses
Asta

garthriley said...

Excellent post. I enjoy blogging AND Facebook but can't imagine abandoning blogging for facebooking. I started blogging about 6 months ago because I had much more to say than I could say on facebook. I've only been blogging a short time, but I've already made lots of wonderful friends. And blogging has been a wonderful outlet for my mom. (I let her help me with my blog, just because I think she enjoys it.) She has been very stressed lately because of her work, but she has very much enjoyed coming home and helping me with my blog. She isn't much of a people person, but she has thoroughly enjoyed the friends she has made through blogging. Mom has boxes and boxes of letters she has saved, and she still prefers to read a real book. She used to keep a journal and has a blanket chest full of her journals dating back to her teenage years. Helping me with my blog has gotten her to start writing again, and she thinks it has improved her writing at work -- although the things she writes for work are very different. We blog for us, because we enjoy it, but also because it gives us an opportunity to make people smile.

Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

It's true! Having support of the blogging community is so wonderful during tough times. It's a great way to share things that you just can't do in your limited number of characters of facebook. and it's such a great way to meet new people!

Moose said...

Momma remembers long distance calling! I'm sad we don't blog as much anymore but have not given it up entirely. This weekend momma promises to post about my Gotcha day!

Declan said...

Very well said! Dare we say it but we don't use facebook and barely touch Twitter. We don't like them much! I agree completely with Bouncing Bertie. Writing a post is a great discipline.... and something to be proud of! Deccy x

Ina in Alaska said...

Good points made here!

Marley said...

I don't even know what Twitter is, and I am too young to use fb cuz you have to be 13 but I just turned 11. I agree with you, Mango Mom, and so does my Lady. Lady really needs encouraging because I get far more comments and reads than she does!
Licks,
Marley

chicamom85 said...

Well said!! My Mommy did take a bloggy break and was on FB, but she missed it so much and when she started seeing doggy pals on FB it made her miss it even more. She often goes back and reads comments also to make her smile or give her comfort but she is back and she is here to stay(or I will kick her butt).

Loveys Sasha

Mitch and Molly said...

Well said, Mango Momma! Blogging comes first with us - always has and always will! We love our blogging community. They're the best!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

My Jeannie and me, agree entirely with your post. We blog for the pleasure of a record of my "wonderful" life, and sadly, due to various rather horrible circumstances a few years back, my second blog 2006 - 2008 was deleted. A hasty action which my J has regretted for a long time. However, we came back to Blogging in 2009 and have remained ever since. Recording highs and lows of my dog life. Oh and sometimes my family. You are totally correct in your summing up of the delights of letter writing and blogging. They truly last forever! (if I can manage to keep my J away from the delete button!!) xx Marv xxx J xx

Wild Dingo said...

Here! Here! Or Hear! Hear! (whichever it is...)

In my opinion, there's never an excuse not to do more reading or writing in a comprehensive (more than 140 character) method. Practicing the art of communication can never be wrong or not worth the time.

I have a twiter account. I canNOT bring myself to use it. I just don't get it and it makes me VERY uncomfortable to communicate in that manner. it's just freaking weird. FB is somewhat better for my ease, I can see the person's photos/picture, learn about them in the info and others can have a dialog longer than 140 limit. I just don't get Twitter. I don't think I ever will...

i like blogging for exactly the same reasons as you. and please, don't be brief. otherwise, you should just use Twitter... ;)

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

Jeannie speaking......I have also discovered now that blogger is much easier to handle if ever a "delete" situation should occur. Now you are allowed, I think, a month, to change your mind.

Not that I would ever delete Marvin's current one, too much hard work has gone into creating it. The situation which caused me to delete the previous blog, distressed me, as I was plagued by a rogue commenter, (this was in the days before Blogger Spam filtering. However I did learn valuable lessons from the experience.

Blogging rules OK! I say! There are so many blogs now, it is impossible to keep up, but I still enjoy reading and commenting when time allows. J xx aka Cassandra V.

George The Lad said...

Here, Here, 4 paws up to you, and quite right what you say.
Blogging does take time, I do FB and Twitter but my blogging comes first I feel it is alot more personal and like you say I also look back at posts done.
Have a good week
See yea George xxx

♥Mona + Weenie + Mommy, too♥ said...

Here!! Here!! Mommy's agrees wih everthing said by everybody. She has FB but only because of her rescue stuff BUT she hates it and only goes there about that. WE miss so many of our frinds that left blogging but still check everyday to see if they are back.

Finn said...

Well said Mangoi, well said!

Lovable Lily said...

Hi Mango Momma, We're bloggers all the way! We don't do FB or Twitter. Heck our Mommy is still using an old flip phone!

Mommy still writes letters long hand to her friends. That's the way she was raised. She too keeps her letters (especially the love letters from Daddy~but dont tell her I squeeled out that fact.)

She found blogging most theraputic when I ruptured my disc and was thrilled to make so many new friends who left loving words for us.

So in the end, I say let's blog until the cows come home!

Hugs,
Lily Belle

Bassetmomma said...

Very well said! I agree 100%! I started blogging for me, the friendships came along the way, I may not always find the time to get to everybody's blog but I try and I still keep blogging for me!

Jazzi said...

I completely agree. IT is worth the time and effort and blogville is very encouraging and very supportive.

wags
Jazzi

Team Beaglebratz said...

From the mom - With the weekend comes a bit more time - I was reading Frankie Furter's post and that reminded me I wanted to read this post - hard to do on FB or Twitter. You have said so much of what I feel - you don't have the sense of community on those others that you do here in Blogville. When my dogs took over my blog, it flourished alot more than when it was just and it's FUR REAL (pardon the pun). I have both of the others plus the dogs have FB - I can go days without posting there but I feel like I really missed out if I can't get here to Blogville.

Gotta go take Shasta to get her nails trimmed. See ya around the blogs.
Kim

Oskar said...

What a great post! My mom person utilizes Twiter and FB to promote Pet Blogs United and doesn't care for it at all. But she feels that she has to to take PBU to the next level, whatever that means.

She has mostly given up her personal blogging, she says her bi-polar gives her brain clouds about writing about herself, but she can write about pets all day long.

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Mango Momma, great post. I have loved blogging from the start. You know when Brucey passed to the Rainbow Bridge he had only posted about four times. We received 35 comments of sympathy and it made me cry and cry because I had people I didn't even know, but who obviously had been through the same thing with their beloved pets, take the time to write to us.

I too look back on different blogs/posts and re-read them. I love them all and have loved getting to know their families. My eldest daughter still writes to her friend in Germany. They refuse e mails, just love getting letters in the mail, and yes she has kept all her letters.

Thanks for sharing this. I hope we all keep on blogging if we can. I worry when I don't hear from someone for a while. My family thought/think I am a little koo koo in the head at times, but they still take photos for me when I'm not home if the dogs do something cute/boring/interesting/gross just so I can add it to my blog!! By the way, you were my first comment ever and anybody would have thought I won the Lotto! I remember running into the lounge and telling everyone "I have a comment" and they all had to have a look. So thanks Mango Momma. I may be a bit of a hick, but I sure am learning about a lot of the world via our blog and everyone elses. Hope your weekend is fine. No worries, and love, Carol

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! It is sure very hard to keep up ... since we moved we have not caught up with our readings. But Golden Thanks for our followers who comments frequently. We can''t keep up also with all the social media. We like blogging than using FB or Twitter. Golden Happy to share my life adventures. Lots of Golden ALOHA n Woofs, Sugar

Lorenza said...

Mango Momma!
I super duper agree.
I love blogging. Sometimes we have time to post... sometimes not...
Sometimes we have something that prevents us from posting... sometimes we don't have time to comment.... but... I would not change blogging for any of the other ways of "communication". FB and Twitter are not for me. I don't like them.
Thanks for being our friends
Lorenza and mom

Rubie and Poots (her Mum) said...

All paws up for agreement. My mum and I get sad when our blogging furiends abandon us for other social media.....

We are devoted bloggers who love the journal format and love to look back on old posts and remember those who comment fondly. Sigh.

There is a lot of continual pressure to rush to join all the new fads....but we are resisting!

Tail Wuggles, Rubie and her mum xxx

monica said...

I hear you Mango Momma! Personally I tend to read posts and comment more than I post.... But you are so true. Young people nowadays do not know anything of the thrill and pleasure of receiving a letter in the mailbox. And to sit down and take the time to write back, thinking carefully of what to write as there was no delete button or such...

The Boston Lady said...

Since I DO ALSO go back and read blogs to catch up on what's been going on, I happened upon this "right on" one Momma. I do FB to keep up with my kids, but I hate the abbreviation-ness of it. I love the fact that you got that box of letters from your grandma after she passed away. How special they obviously were to her and now probably even more special to you as you can re-live your times with her.

Writing is a lost art and it's one reason I blog to keep my limited skills up, but it's also a way to keep a record of what's up that friends and family can read, should they choose to.

Ann TBL

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

AMEN! Even though we don't blog, we feel part of the blogging community because we get to read and comment and participate in Mango Minster and have gotten to know so many wonderful blogging friends. Mama doesn't like FB at all, much less Twitter; guess they're useful if you're organizing a revolution, but not for continuity and creating a durable historical record. Mama's husband was killed in Viet Nam many decades ago, and mama also has the letters her parents wrote to each other during WWII. She can't help but wonder what the young military families who communicate now via email and Skype are going to have to look back on when they are in their dotage. Not to mention having some written family history to pass on to the younger generation; mama lives with the hope the younger generation will actually value written family archives.

Well said, as usual, Mango Momma.

Jed & Abby

hero said...

We truly share your sentiment on this, Mango Momma. FB and Tweeter can never replace a blog post, and a blog is where all the memories of the pawprints our beloved pet left in this world, for us to remember by. We do go over the posts just to stir up sweet memories of moments cherished and also nice posts from other blogs too. Although we do not comment nowadays, but rest assure we do read all our furiends' postings regularly.

Thank you, Mango Momma, for reminding us all the very reason we first started blogging :)

Hero, koko, cheche and little meimei

jodistone said...

This is really great advice. A few weeks ago I was whining to my friend how I should just stop writing because the blog is not becoming as successful as I want it to be. My friend said, do it for yourself, it is good therapy.

You are so right about going back and learning things about new friends. I've very frequently done this myself.

Gnomebody said...

Mango Mama, I felt like you were speaking directly to us. We have been so remiss in posting anything in our blog for SO long, and it's not like we don't have anything to share - we do! We keep up faithfully with the news of Blogville, and never post our own. We really must get after Mom to start blogging again. Thanks Mango Mama!
Sniffs and Barks,
Auggie & Fluffy
The BooDee BooDahs

Chester said...

You are absolutely right...and I am absolutely guilty as charged of being Blog-lazy. In my defense, I don't really want to say "lazy" - it's just that the busyness of my life has 1)-not given me much time in an evening to even sit down at the computer and 2)-some days my brains cells are barely capable of spelling my name, let alone compose some witty sort of something that actually makes sense and is not excessively lame. But your post is inspiring, especially thinking forward to be able to reminisce when I actually do have more time SOMEDAY, so I will continue to plug along as I have time. Oh, and 3)-I send myself on a major guilt trip when I don't visit friend's posts or every time I visit and then get interrupted without letting so much as a short note that I appreciate their efforts, which happens more than it should.

I love reading Mango's and Pea's adventures and I always want to remember some of your terminology so I can use it in everyday speaking. Unfortunately, that brings me back to my weak brain cells subject again. ;0=)

Chester's Mom

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

I TOTALLY agree!!! I write for me... but I love having a record of my time with my beautiful girl! I know it will be a treasure! I feel so weird when a blogger friend disappears! (Calling out Booker & Maggie & Twinkie & Levi Mac!) I miss them all!!!

What Remains Now said...

Very well said. I think the "depth" of the comments you received shows you touched a cord. This was a beautiful "letter" to all of us bloggers.

Kirsten (peacefuldog) said...

This is great advice and exactly the reason that I blog too. It started as a way to remember training ideas I came up with for a very shy foster dog, and is now a way to remember all sorts of things!

houndstooth said...

Oh boy did this one resonate with me! I started our blog because I wanted to try a different style of writing and because I wanted all our funny stories to be on one place. Little did I know it would take over like it has! I feel guilty when I can't get around to all the blogs like I used to, but I also realized that there has to be some time for us to go out and live life or there wouldn't be anything to write about. Anyway, I loved this post of yours! :)

Blueberry's human said...

Duly noted! I just started blogging and I guess for me it's just about getting to tell some of my "boring dog stories" to others that like dogs and won't find my stories quite as boring. I love hopping around and reading other people's blogs - so many fun and interesting people in this community - I've been reading blogs for a while and find them most enjoyable. So keep blogging everyone!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Gosh - as usual, we're late to the party and everyone has pretty much said everything we would say - but just wanted to add our voice to it. I've only really joined FB & Twitter because I've been told I "should" to get with the times - (and to be honest, you all seemed to be so active on it way before me! ;-) ) - but I agree that I just don't feel the love there - except from the people we already know - through blogging!! Ha! Ha! You just can't share proper stories - it's all brief & instant gratification (Twitter is even worse. I'm stil struggling to get the hang of that and only continuing to try because everybody keeps telling me writers today HAVE to get with social media!) - but blogging is where you can really share your heart & your family. And as you say, also read about others properly. I feel like my blogging friends are people I really know - people I've spent time with - whereas the FB-only "friends" are more like people you meet at the bus-stop that you share a few friendly words with but it never goes beyond that and you're not that bothered if you never see them again.

I also resent the time that FB (& Twitter) sucks away from my already limited time. I have to admit - because FB makes it easier to leave comments & interact, it has taken up some of my Google Reader time - which I feel very guilty about. But I'm determined to prioritise the blogging now and get back to visiting friends more, if I can. I tend to just not log into FB now - other than once a day - coz it just sucks me in.

And since you said it's OK not to comment if you're busy, I hope you'll excuse us only commenting on this post - since we're behind as usual and catching up and have just caught up on your last 7 posts...that's my problem - I always feel guilty not visiting & commenting and so then feel that I shouldn't really do a new post until I have visited people first. Which makes it a whole chore & guilt-trip, instead of a pleasure. So I'm going to try to follow your advice and not worry so much about the visiting part - and hope that friends will understand - and prioritise my time towards publishing new posts first.

Anyway, I've now rambled on longer than your post (typical!) but just wanted to say how much I agreed. Oh! And I'm a letter-writer too! Hate speaking on the phone - feel EXACTLY like you about how "murky" everything is afterwards...although I've mostly switched to emails now, coz they're easier to store & archive than paper (esp when you move around constantly like I do!)

Hsin-Yi

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh - and I was going to add that I also feel very sad how many of our blogging friends we have lots to FB. I know we can still see them there (one reason why I joined) but it's just not the same! You really do lose touch with them in the real sense.

The Army of Four said...

Very well said! You know ... for a biped and all.
We got way behind leaving comments but are trying to do a lot of reading today. That garden is sucking all of our mom's time and energy away from her. And are we allowed to use the laptop while she's out sweating herself silly in the 90+ degree heat? No. It's all we can do to lay on the AC vents and nap. It's hard work, but we're trying our best.
Ha rooos to Mango and Dex.
Play bows,
Zim