Borrego Springs, CA

Monday, March 22, 2010

Why blog?

Sometimes, people are shocked to hear that I blog six or seven times a week.  I got to thinking about that today.  Why do I blog?  Well, for me, there are several reasons.  Historically speaking, I've always kept a journal of some sort in my adult life....trips, bird sightings, etc.  Then when I sold my house and went fulltime RVing, I kept a journal of my travels.  It wasn't daily, but almost.  I would email friends and family occasionally about my experiences, but that became somewhat of a chore.  Eventually, I started reading other people's blogs and really enjoyed it.  So, about a year and a half ago, I decided to take the plunge into blogging. 

So, I guess my blog is my journal in progress.  I can add pictures as well as thoughts, and I do go back and read previous entries to verify places I've stayed, activities, and other things.  I fully expected that a few of my friends and relatives might read what I wrote occasionally.  As it turns out, most of the people that read my blog are folks that I've met, or hope to meet, on the road.  There's a community out there of wandering souls that keep in touch through blogs.  It's like a cyber city! 

But the main reason I write this blog is to center myself and review each day in my mind as to the wonders I've seen or experienced.  It has helped me appreciate those little things in life that in a busy world you just pass by without noticing.  What a hoot this life is!  I think I'd write this blog even if nobody read it.  However, I do really appreciate all of you that do honor me with following along on my journey.  You all do travel along with me.  :)

So, enough of that....you know, it's been a few days since I've posted any bird pictures, so hang on to your hats!

I've been noticing a white-crowned sparrow skulking around in the shrubs outside lately, so tonight I threw a handful of seeds onto the ground outside.  It didn't take long for the birds to find it.

This Lincoln's sparrow also stopped by to pose.  Notice the fine streaking on the breast and the greyness of the face and back.  Many people (birders) refer to these guys as LBJ's...little brown jobs, but with some patience, you can figure them out.  ;)

Of course, Northern cardinals are very common in Texas and this female stopped by for a look.

Emma thinks her job in life is to protect us from all manner of intruders, whether they be four footed or winged.  She takes her job seriously, which is a real challenge to me to get pictures.  :(

Sometimes, getting a picture of her is like trying to catch the wind!  She's a true whirling dervish!

She, Emma, most often takes "flight" when a vulture soars over our site.  I guess she wants them to know we're not dead meat!

Thanks for stopping by....talk to you later,  Judy


  1. Fantastic bird pictures!

    I am blogging to help keep me on track with the task of getting things sorted and out of my life. It is also helpful to get my thoughts sorted out.

    I had a blog on Myspace for a few years because my son is very involved there. I enjoyed the community, but find the RV community very welcoming and informative.

    I too hope to meet many others out on the road.

    Perhaps someday my blog will help some other Wannabe!

  2. I loved this blog entry because i often wonder why I blog at all. Of course, I know that first of all it's for myself, and then for others to read. Most of my family/friends don't read it, so my treasured readers are mostly people I've never met face to face, but hope to some day.

  3. When I launch my browser, you come up as my home page :) I love to read your blog everyday.

    For future reference, spring is very nice in southern FL. Maybe Big Cypress next spring?

  4. Can't wait to meet Emma some day! Of course, I hope she'll bring you along as well :0)

  5. I personally follow your blog on a daily basis. Just as I jot long daily notes to my sister, you are jotting to all the rest of us--I call it my blog family. It has a grounding, validating effect to put thoughts down like this. It doesn't hurt to keep up with technology, either. Kudos, Judy! Keep 'em coming!