I often hear, “Why do you blog? I could never do that!” First, we don’t all have to do be good at everything and we don’t have to try everything. Second, we all have different talents to offer this world. Blogging is something that fits me.
It offers connection
I believe in the concept that “it takes a village.” Being a parent is hard. Super hard. Harder than I ever expected. And we can’t do it alone. There are many ways to connect with other parents, and yet, parenting can be lonely. Through blogging, I am able to write, share, and engage with others who are like-minded, and I feel good about my little contribution. I view my blogs as conversation starters, and these conversations have helped me to normalize parenting (read of a few of my confessions) versus reaching for an unattainable standard. Because this is a local blog, I run into others and continue the conversation, and I hope it sparks conversation between other moms and dads. Read my post on “5 lessons from having it all”.
In addition to making awesome connections and sparking personal growth, blogging has been good for me professionally. It’s not why I started blogging and it’s not why I continue to do this (especially since time is a limited resource), but it’s been an added benefit. I’ve met really smart, talented, creative people who have been willing to teach me more about web development, content marketing, design, blogging tips and tricks, creative writing, etc. As technology changes quickly, I am engaging in it and getting my hands dirty. Blogging has become a great training ground for other areas of my life.