Writing has always been personal for me. Outside of a college thesis or four, so much of my writing stemmed from long winded letters to boyfriends, usually in college, though I do admit a high school beau or two received the then handwritten stacks of paper, folded and shoved in an envelope. Poor souls receiving the musings of a love struck teenager.
When I was pregnant with my first son in 2007, I apprehensively created a blogspot account to share photos and updates of my pregnancy and his arrival with family across the country. It didn’t last and the posts on that blog are sporadic for about two years.
I fell into what I will call commercial blogging in 2009, when I began managing a social networking site for moms in the Seattle area. Fielding message boards let to writing advertorials and reviews. Then blog conferenes. Eventually that lead to where I am today.
People ask me all the time why I don’t write more personal content on my site. First, well, because it’s personal. I don’t always want to put everything out there – and besides my mom reads my blog too, and I don’t want her to worry if I’m going off in a rant about some random thing (which is usually kept to private groups on Facebook) – and also – do people really read that stuff? That’s the other thing. Sure, I’m writing for me, but if I’m laying it all out there, do people honestly care and relate? Then there’s the rambling thing. If I’m not focused on a recipe or a brand or whatnot, I ramble. A lot.
I’m told all the time that I could be a voice for so many things – autism, prematurity, breastfeeding, special needs – but I am on the fence if I want to be that voice. It takes a lot for me to share some of those things publically, so I don’t know.
I’m sitting on an airplane right now, headed to Women Get Social in San Diego. I’m hoping that I get a little fire lit under me and a little motivation to take back my site a little and blog more from me. Baby steps. For sure. But I think it’s something I need to do.
Bear with me. And the rambling. I’m going to try and share more.