Truth be told, I dislike the title “Blogger”. Yes, I have a Blog and I’m writing on it. I get it. But I feel like it’s a little too simple to capture the story-telling, soul-searching, community-building, brand-partnering, influencing, entertaining and validating that happens up here in the Blogosphere – not to mention across multiple social media platforms. For now, we’ll just go with it. But some smartsy story-teller should consider a version 2.0 for this thing we do.
Recently, I came across one of those text-heavy, inspirational images – out of like 80 that traveled my news feed. But this one stood out from the Instagram account of Dirty Floor Diaries (love the name).
So it got me thinking about why I (and 18.9 million other mostly women) do this Blogging thing. What’s in it for me? After all, I am NOT breaking the bank. Sure we have some great Partnerships as JerseyMomsMEDIA that we’ve loved forming and sharing to the benefit of our community – but if I were out for sheer profitability, this may not be the way to go.
I landed on something of a breakthrough… it’s mostly NOT for me. When we started JerseyMomsBlog in 2010, I was in the middle of some domestic disorder. There were many blessings in my life for sure, including the birth of our second son in 2008, but at that same time we were reeling from the one-two punch of a home renovation gone awry, and job loss that would test my ability to cope with the stress.
As I tend to do in times of anxiety – I gave myself the gift of calming details. A chaos-cleanse. And so a Blog was born with dear and talented friends. I fully expected to overwhelm my time with my own writing, but instead I basked in the story-telling and experiences of other Mothers. I read post after post and I felt gratified in the giving of a platform for the purpose of validating others. And it gave me hope – because if she could get through the death of a dear friend, she could overcome her battle with depression, and she could find courage through her father’s battle with Altzheimers – certainly I could too.
There is a great deal of peace in reviving, empowering and championing and we’ll just keep posting away with more inspiration at every exit. Thank you to all of our Contributors, old and new, who’ve been doing the same. Check out this great read about the “SHEvolution” and impact of the Blogher community – which just concluded the 10th annual conference.
Cheers from the Blogosphere!