Why do I blog…when do I blog…what do I blog…???
There’s no definitive answer for those questions.
I first started to write at the direction of a friend who thought that, as a single and involved Mom, I may have some insight and tips and tricks to share to maybe help others in their daily life. My first posts were more recipe driven…cooking is a passion of mine, so that’s no surprise. There will be more of those in the future…I’m sure.
Life went on and I soon after realized how therapeutic it was to sit and write about what was on my mind and in my heart. It felt good. I, over the years, have had a lot of hurt. People deal with their hurts differently. I talk. I write. I quickly learned that it heals me. It helps me process what’s on my mind, what I am going through. Blogging became a journal of mine, whether it was read or not. It was for me.
It is scary, sometimes, hitting “post”. I talk about some sensitive issues and sometimes disclose not only my own baggage, but that of others’ as well. After the initial panic sets in wondering how my thoughts and words will be received…and after the alerts slow down as to who has read and liked…or read and not liked my post, the calm sets in. The reason for me using this platform.
What I wasn’t expecting was the secondary outcome of me doing this type of journaling. I have been written to and approached on a regular basis with regard to how my blog has helped someone. It astounds me every time. When I was writing the cancerdotcalm blog, I knew that it was helping people. It was helping keep friends and family, and even those I didn’t know that were going through the same struggle, informed of what was going on with my then boyfriend and his journey battling leukemia. Everyone wanted to be tuned in and be updated. With this blog though, I have been repeatedly and pleasantly surprised with the kind words of folks who keep reading momdotcalm.com. How I have helped and inspired them. Whether dealing with grief, a domestic issue or just as a parent trying to keep it together.
Please don’t get me wrong…I have also been greeted with the hate mail, and even a house visit, with disapproval for what I have written about. My opinion? Don’t like it? Don’t read it. Please keep scrolling by and don’t visit my site. You do you, I’ll do me.
And the positive feedback keeps blowing my mind every time. I write for me. And if my writing and purging my thoughts and feelings, whatever the random topic is, affects even one person to be inspired or feel like they are not alone…then that’s a great big cherry on top.
Thank you for reading and your messages. ❤