As a new mom and a newlywed I rarely get out anymore. I don’t like talking on the phone and basically I am a homebody. I hate to admit it but I have been this way for at least four years. And it is so unlike me. I rarely get out of the house – except of course to run the requisite errands. I am perfectly fine curled up with a good book or watching a favorite tv show. Top that off with a glass of wine -nirvana.
But earlier this year I realized there has to be more to life and decided to get fired up about something. So I decided to volunteer. I became the Captain of my Community Watch and offered to do more work with Mocha Moms - glowing embers but no fire. And then the idea of starting my business took off. My enthusiasm was evident – from idea to creation of website took me all of two weeks. And then I added blogging to the mix. Fire! A four alarm blaze is burning now.
Blogging has changed my life in ways I never could have predicted. The sense of community is beyond anything I have ever experienced in my life. I opened a fortune cookie that said “You are welcome at any gathering” and I thought how true. I am quite gregarious. But the thing about blogging is that we all are welcome at every gathering. Our blogs are an entryway into each others lives, political views, religious believes, fascinations, childrearing, you name it and it is out there. We are welcome.
The sense of community for me goes beyond just visiting blogs. I love the openness of the bloggers that I contact directly. As a new blogger half of the time that I contact people I have no idea how “big” they are in the blogging world. And in my experience no matter how “big” or “small” a bloggers reach is – every last one has been gracious enough to answer my questions.
Perhaps it is the nature of social media but I have never met a more helpful group of people in my life. I joke all the time about this underground network of individuals that I have stumbled upon and am now a part of. And I know I have truly been missing out. All I can say is I am glad that I have found this “secret society” and have no plans on leaving anytime soon.
My daily posts enhance this community for me. By posting on a daily basis I increase my ability to interact with you. Having conversations by email and discovering new blogs really makes my day. I love it. Of course I don’t want to burn out. But as many bloggers say “this is my therapy” and I enjoy it more and more everyday.
If you are in interested in starting your own blog, you can find some helpful tips in this Free Blogging Guide. Before I started blogging I did a ton of research, this guide should start you off in the right direction! I hope you too find joy in blogging!