The answer is multi-faceted.
First, it's a great way to express myself. I enjoy posting stories about funny things the girls did, cute pictures of them, accountability stories (like my Pepsi Challenge), etc. Even if it's just for myself; something I can keep forever and one day show the girls and give them a better glimpse of their Mother.
Second, it's a way to keep in touch with friends and family. It's not meant to replace communication with my close friends and family members, but rather to add to it. And to provide communication with more distant friends and relatives who I would otherwise lose contact with.
And thirdly, it's a way to make new friends. I say this as my third and last reason because when I first started my blog, I was skeptical as to actually making friends on-line. How can you really become friends with someone who you have never met and pobably never will? But slowly along the way, it has happened. When I first started, I only knew one person who blogged; my neighbour Erin. So, of course I checked out the people on her blogroll which is where I found 2 people I knew 8-10 years back, Jamie and Ruth. I had fun re-connecting with them. I also found a new friend, Louise. Then before long, other friends & family of mine started up their own blogs so I added them to my blog roll as well.
But it has only been really recently where I have found my own circle of new friends via this blog-world. One of them is Pam -- I 'met' her through my Activity Menu Challenge a short week and a half ago (is that all?) and I have read her blog every day since then. I felt an instant connection with her and she has very quickly become very near and dear to my heart.
Obviously I have been somewhat of an encouragement to her in return, since she has given me a blogging award.
This Blog Friend Forever award is "presented to awesome blog owners who keep their readers excited about their posts. Their blog posts are interesting (not spammy) and worth reading and keep their subscribers looking forward to each and every post." So I suppose Pam has an interest in carrying on our friendship, which is why she has blessed me with this award. Thanks, Pam!
Now for the fun of passing this award on. Well, technically everybody on my blog roll is someone I find worth visiting (and I want to 'keep' them) -- but I would like to secifically pass this award on to:
Louise at Living Out Loud...Trying to be Quiet
Tara at This Is My Life
Melanie at Our Happy Happenings (I know you've already received it, but I'm giving it to you again anyway...my blog, my rules!)
Tammi at ValleyGirl
Rebecca at A Not So Desperate Housewife
Thanks to these ladies (and to the rest of you on my blog roll) for being a part of my life, both pre-blog days and now!