I’m very excited today because, for the first time ever, I have a guest posting on Bees With Honey! Carri, from Adventures in Mommyhood, lives in Southern California and is a super cool, super fun Mother to Blake, her two-year-old son.
Then hop on over to her blog and read a post by ME!
How I Got Into Blogging
When I first started blogging, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
It happened on a whim; a friend of mine said I should write the crazy Blake antics in a journal, which totally makes sense, since we all know motherhood eats your brains. And sanity. And money.
When she mentioned the word “journal”, I imagined a ten year old me, sitting in bed writing in a diary. So. Not. Happening. Not only has the computer killed my ability to spell any word over five letters, it has also made delicate flowers out of my hands; I can’t write a sentence without them aching and I can no longer read my own chicken scratch.
Blogging seemed like the answer. I could write my stories, post pictures, and send the link over to family members and friends in other states. Sounds simple, right?
My addiction to blogging started about a week after my first post. My second post, “Mommy’s Boobies (An Open Letter to Blake)” http://mommyslittlemonsterblake.blogspot.com/2010/09/mommy-boobies-open-letter-to-blake.html , was something that flowed right out of me. It just clicked. I didn’t pause; I didn’t think; I didn’t proofread.
I just wrote.
Then a funny thing happened. I got a comment. Then two. Then three. Who were these people? How did they find me? Is what I wrote so great that complete strangers want to read it? I eventually switched blogging platforms because I discovered the one I was using had many limitations. I wanted widgets. I wanted stats. I wanted more!
When I moved my blog to Blogger, I felt like I had my own little piece of Internet real estate – I could write whatever I wanted and make it look just how I liked. That’s when I started to venture out into the blogosphere and discovered all of these wonderful people – moms, just like myself – who also loved to write. And with that discovery came an even bigger obsession: The need to know more about blogging.
It turns out I had just barely tipped the iceberg.
And it didn’t take long for me to become totally overwhelmed. RSS feeds, Google Analytics, Friend Connect and page views quickly redirected my focus from writing to the numbers game. I wanted to know why I would pour my heart out in a post, only to receive five comments (or in some cases, none) when others could post any ol’ thing and receive so many more.
I searched for the magic recipe that would make me feel validated, wanted and accepted.
But it wasn’t until I took a step back and figured out what I really wanted from blogging that I started to feel those things. I started blogging because I love to write and I love to connect with likeminded people, and when I changed my focus back to that, the readers came.
I love blogging for many reasons: I love the social aspects, reading about women like me, learning about the struggles other moms go through, and cheering these same moms on while they conquer what it is they face. I love #wineparty, swapping stories about potty training, Tweeting, and knowing that I’m not alone in the Terrible Twos.
And most of all, I love that I can write about myself and my life and feel validated, wanted and accepted by so many people around the world.