Why I Blog
The short and easy answer is because I like to. It’s as simple as that. I enjoy writing, I enjoy taking pictures, and I love the interaction. The longer answer has to do with my personality and lifestyle. I am a busy mama to four. I homeschool. I put the kids in extra activities. I like a clean house and an organized schedule (occasionally I’ll text someone for a play date in the morning but most of the time if I don’t have plans with another person at least 48 hours in advance, it’s just not happening). Though my husband gives me as much me time as I ask for, sometimes being a mom 24/7 can be a little (dare I say) stifling. That’s not to say I don’t love being a mom. Because, I do. I have always known that was my calling and I crossed boys off the list on the first date if they didn’t understand the importance of providing so I could raise our children. But, sometimes it’s exhausting, overwhelming, and draining.
This is where blogging comes in. I majored in Journalism/Public Relations in college. I love to write. I always have. There are other things I love such as fashion, interior design, and crafting but none of them hold a candle to writing. It is my outlet. Blogging is a natural extension of my personality. I have always found it easy to make connections with people online and maybe that’s because I don’t have to watch what I say- things just come out better from my fingertips than my mouth (perhaps because I have to think before I hit send?). I met my husband online. I have many online mommy support groups who I depend on for advice, comfort, and understanding. It’s not that people in real life don’t do that. However, as a mom and wife, I just don’t have as much real life time and neither do my friends.
Blogging gives me a space to share my feelings, my triumphs and disappointments. It allows me to exercise my God given talent for writing. It gives me a sense of accomplishment; especially when I join ranks with other business women (or men) to promote products I love.
The long and the short of it is that it gives me an escape. Somewhere that I am valued, not as much for my ability to reach the cheerios, but because I have something worthwhile to share. Even if that is only a lesson in what not to wear (I’ve had a few of those over the last year I think) and what brands of organic baby toys are really worth the price tag (that would be Apple Park Kids if you’re wondering). And, if I help some other mamas along the way for whatever reason (from my Maternal Mental Health Awareness Campaign to my tips for how to wear a Graphic Tee), then so much the better. We only have this one life: do what you love. And, so, I write.
Coming soon a series on what I’ve learned from blogging and some tips on how you can benefit from blogging (or instablogging) too.