I’ve been blogging since 2005. I began with a family blog, one that seems to have faded into the sunset in recent months.
So consider myself a “veteran”, but a novice in the book blogging world. In the summer of 2010, I was no longer teaching, instead staying at home with my 18-month old daughter. I felt the need to connect on a different level. A professional level, but without going back to work. I played around with a few venues, but that fall decided to begin Once Upon A Story. For several months, I blogged here. And then, in March of 2011, I found out I was pregnant again.
And the blog fell by the wayside. I was sick. I was tired. It was all I could do to make it through the day, and then once I made it through the day, I collapsed in bed at night.
Things didn’t improve much after Baby was born.
So it wasn’t until this spring that I began to begin writing again. At the same time, I began to branch out and discover that this blog could help me find two things: balance and community.
I wrote alot about finding balance over here a short time ago, so I won’t spend alot of time on that today.
Let’s focus on community.
In real life- I know not everybody shares their blogging space with their “in real life” friends and family, but I have. And I know that some will take grievance with the “in real life” vs. “virtual” friends, but you know what I mean. These are people I meet with and socialize with outside of my computer. These friends are aware of this space and, those that are interested, follow along. I’m good with that! It sort of allows us to share books and thoughts when we might not otherwise be able to do so, because we’re typically busy in doling out snacks, child-wrangling, and planning our next playdate. Because when I’m not at my computer, like most other moms I know, that is real life.
In the blogging world- The book blogging community is so open. People WANT to share. Have a question? Ask away! Disagree? That’s okay! (Just do it tactfully). This shared passion and discussion has, in some cases, led to more personal relationships as well. Other moms will sympathize when I mention having “one of those days”. Or when I mention that someone I went to school with has asked for recommendations on a particular genre…the results come (and continue to come!) flooding in.
It takes some effort. I participate in discussions and events (like BBAW). I comment and share with other bloggers. I write on not just a “professional” level, but on a personal one, too, so that those who visit here realize that there’s an actual person behind the blog. And I have a husband who is very understanding of it all 😛
That’s why I do it. For the community. So if you’ve been lurking, or are visiting here for the first time, please say hello! Let’s get the conversation started!
(Well, later tonight. For now, I have a non-napper who keeps trying to chew on my computer cord.)
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