Happy day five of the Ultimate Blog Challenge! Happy Saturday! Happy April 5th! Happy whatever it is you might be celebrating today!
You can sense a theme here. I’m having a happy day. A party day. I woke up refreshed and rested after a full eight hours of sleep. Yes, you read that correctly. I – mother of a 6 year-old boy, a/k/a perpetual motion machine – got eight hours of sleep last night. I feel like a million bucks, and I woke up happy and energetic for the first time in I can’t remember how long. I was up at 7am making pancakes, for freaks’ sake. It feels as if I could conquer the world today. I plan to do just that.
The 2014 Ultimate Blog Party opened yesterday. What is the Ultimate Blog Party? According to the hosts, “The Ultimate Blog Party is an annual blogging event, hosted here at 5 Minutes for Mom, where several hundred bloggers join together in a huge week-long, blog-hopping, commenting and tweeting extravaganza to meet others, grow their networks, have fun and win prizes!”
Since some of my major goals for 2014 involve growing my blog and my readership, I am jumping on board with the Party even though I am doing the Ultimate Blog Challenge for the month of April. I know, I know, I’m probably boring you all with my talk of goals for the years when we are oh-so-long past the new year, but as the annoying fly I’ve had buzzing around my head for the last three months has finally been slapped into the wall and is now breathing its last, I’m ready and able to commit more of my time and effort to my goals. Since I’ve got to catch up on the three months’ worth of time I wasted chasing that fly and trying to crush it, I’m going to have at the whole blog thing with gusto.
Why do I blog? I blog because I am a crazed stay-at-home who feels like she doesn’t have enough to be because I’m no longer working outside the home. I am a non-practicing attorney who is used to working 60-70 hours per week. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t miss those crazy hours at all, but what I do miss is the camaraderie that comes with working in an office accompanied by other people who share your ideals and understand your language. I do miss having my best friends just down the hall, because when you spend three-quarters of your waking hours with people, they become your best friends. They become your family. Those bonds don’t break, they only stretch when you no longer share that experience on a daily basis.
My best friends are now everywhere, mostly anywhere but near where I am. They have moved their lives and families to New York, California, New Jersey, Germany. I love them and miss them. I have made new friends out of my mommy experience, and they are wonderful women whom I hold dear to my heart. They share a different experience with me: motherhood. We commiserate and share war stories of life with children. I have made friends with the parents of my child’s classmates, and they are wonderful people. I hope that someday we will become closer, and not just because of our children’s proximity.
I blog because the crazy higher brain part of me wants to go back to work outside the home, and the visceral gut part of me wants to continue staying home with my little boy.
I blog because I run a business out of my home and sometimes it drives me crazy.
I blog because there are times when the only living being I talk to, aside from my six year-old, is my cat. My husband works a lot of hours.
I blog because I am in my mid-forties and I have decided it is time.
I blog because I am a writer.
I blog because I have been writing and occasionally publishing since I was in high school and I now want to make it my profession.
I blog because I’m lucky enough to have that opportunity and option.
I blog because I want to be a better blogger.
I blog because writing is a lonely pursuit and I learned from my days at law firms and companies that one of the most important things to have in a career is a support system, a community.
I blog because I find things funny as I go through the day and I want to share them with somebody.
I blog because I have a bit of a twisted sense of humor and sometimes when I tell my husband things I find funny, he just looks at me and shakes his head. Maybe it’s a girl thing?
I blog because I sometimes need to work through issues and writing it down helps me figure out things.
I blog because there are things in my life I just don’t understand and it is only through writing that I gain that understanding.
I blog because I know there are so many in the world like me, and I think perhaps putting myself out in the ether might connect me to them.
I blog because I want to connect with those people.
I blog because we are all human and share the experience of life; if someone who feels lonely finds my blog and feels just a little less alone, then I have created the most basic human experience: a connection.