A few months ago I began encouraging my mother-in-law and my father to blog. Both are great writers and have interesting experiences that I felt would make for good blogs. Although it’s been a slow process I finally convinced them both by offering to setup their blogs on WordPress off my domain.
My father lives 900 miles away and my mother in law about 1200. I see them maybe twice a year. We instant message and have the occasional phone conversation. But there is something personal about their blogs that I’m not able to experience through other means of communication. I’ve learned surprising things about both of them. I feel as though I’ve been given a secret door into their lives that I didn’t know existed till now.
I hope both will continue to write so that my kids will have that record to look back on. My grandmother moved into a care center last week which my father blogged about. I’ve thought about how much better I would know my grandma had blogs been around in her day. Sure, I spent a lot of time at her house in my younger years, but I’m certain I would have learned a lot more had I been given the same insight into her life that I’m now getting with my father and mother-in-law.