It was not too long after my daughter was born that I found our local newspaper’s parenting blog, Cribsheet. I quickly found how blogs could serve as a source of information and guidance.
It was on Cribsheet that I first heard Matt Logelin’s story and was directed to his blog. His honest, raw emotion flowing onto the page. The beautiful images. I was hooked.
Matt’s blog directed me to another upon the heartwrenching news of Maddie Spohr’s passing. It hit me hard. My own daughter, also born prematurely, was born only a few days after Maddie. It was from this blog that I saw the benefits of blogging. The support that people give to one another. The way that blogging can so beautifully chronicle a person’s life.
Little by little, I was introduced to more blogs. Many much closer to home. I started regularly reading Liz’s blog when she was facing a pregnancy and delivery experience much like my own. It was from Liz that I became aware of the local community of bloggers in Minnesota.
I started reading Missy’s blog, Marketing Mama, and was energized by her weightloss journey. I also found Amanda from I am Baker and had the joy of getting to meet her in person when she agreed to bake cookies, cupcakes and a cake for a bridal shower I was throwing.
More friends started blogging and I started to feel like I was really missing out on something. Just tonight, while at a Bible Study picnic, Kirsten gave me that final nudge.
So here I am. What will I write about? My daughter, my husband, my family, my friends, my work, my church, my own weightloss journey, my cooking/baking wannabe skills, my attempt at photography. Who knows? We’ll see what comes.
I’ve been inspired.