I published my first blog post in November 2007. I was pregnant with my youngest and felt like blogging was a great way to get back in the habit of writing in a way that didn't take much time each day - quick post, a daily anecdote about parenting, a funny story. It made writing easy and enjoyable again.
In 2009 I started working on my PhD, which happened to focus on how women build community online through writing and sharing their stories. When I graduated in 2012 I felt the need for a break from blogging. I'd spent so many years researching different aspects of it, digging deep and looking behind the curtain. In some ways that research made blogging lose some of its magic, its uniqueness. So I stopped. I stopped publishing parenting stories. I stopped accepting blogging opportunities with a variety of companies. And, I took myself off the market as a freelance blogger.
By the time I felt that pull to share stories again, my children were getting older. I didn't feel the same about sharing things online anymore, especially when the stories involved my babies. There comes a point when it really becomes their story to share, or not share for that matter. Those weren't my stories anymore. And, I was okay with that. So, I blogged here and there about random topics. There was no real connection between the words, no real focus or direction with it. And that lack of focus and direction made blogging seem more like a chore than an enjoyable way to write. So I stopped again.
But, now I'm ready to try again. I'm ready to share stories and ideas once more.
What makes this time different, though? The easy answer is 'I don't know, it's just a feeling.' The more complicated answer is that I'm changing my focus. So much of my previous blogging experience revolved around motherhood, children, and running a household. While those are all still big aspects of my life - important aspects of my life - they aren't the only aspects that define me. The children are getting older. They're getting more independent. They're busy becoming the people they're meant to be. They need me less to tie shoes and more to guide them through growing pains. This growth and independence gives me more freedom to pursue my passions, to focus on my story and who I'm meant to be.
My passion for books and writing, reading and creating fulfill a different part of me. They define me in a different way. And I want to share that. I want to switch my focus to these passions and celebrate the ways they are a part of me. They make me who I am just as much as motherhood and homemaking do.
And that's what I want this blog to be - a place of passion, a festival of the magic of writing, a bookish nook for those who love reading as I do.
I hope you'll come along for the journey. It's going to be amazing!
Sign up for my newsletter to get monthly updates on writing, reading, and everything in between!