Daily Prompt: Personal Space

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I was one of those teenage girls with a diary. It started when I was 12. I had the typical diary with a lock (which you could pick with a paper clip) and read in girly pink and green letters “Diary”. As I got older I would look for notebooks with nice paper and I bought good pens to write with. I filled each page with teenage angst, photos, ticket stubs, maps. When I was in my 20’s I stopped keeping a diary or journal. I tried again few times later on but I never stuck to it. Now I’m a few years shy of 40 and I’m journaling again.

What made me go back to journaling/ blogging?? Becoming a mother!! My intension was not to just jot down all of the amazing milestones my boy made. It was to keep me sane!! Never before did I find myself in a situation that I felt like I had no control. It was like being a teen again with an identity crisis. Its not that I disliked being a mom its just that I unexpectedly stepped into an abyss of the unknown.

For the last year I have been using the Dayone App for my personal thoughts. However, I yearned for an audience larger than one (myself) to really make sure that I had not lost my mommy mind. I approached blogging as a way to connect with other new moms. I turned to WordPress after using Tumbler. Tumbler was too young for me and too short. I wanted something more in-depth. In turn, on WordPress I found amazing mom bloggers, of all ages and backgrounds, who like me are trying to stay sane and have a blast with their kids.

I would lie if I did not admit to the fact that I am always looking at the WordPress stats. I love getting likes and new followers. However, I know that my mommy musings are not earth shattering nor do I write with an over the top style. I write like me. You hear my voice in each post. I just hope that I can connect with a few moms and non moms just the same way as I did with others. My goal is for another new mom to read a post and say “Ok, she made it though. I will too.”

Daily Prompt: Personal Space

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To what extent is your blog a place for your own self-expression and creativity vs. a site designed to attract readers? How do you balance that? If sticking to certain topics and types of posts meant your readership would triple, would you do it?

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16 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Personal Space

  1. We all just want to share our thoughts, however unimportant or menial, and know that someone else enjoyed it. Even a little.
    I can’t help but smile when my stats increase, and I live for a good comment!
    Cheers to comraderie and another comment for you 🙂

  2. I think writing and connecting is what makes blogging worthwhile. When I first started blogging I was also excited to see new followers, get those comments. But it’s still that but a bit more. I think sharing your words and thoughts are important. You never know how something you write can affect and encouragement someone. Even if they dont comment.

    • So true! What we write can be so powerful. I’m enjoying reading all kinds of blogs. There are so many interesting and creative bloggers – you included. I’m discovering so much. I wish I could comment on all that I read.

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  4. I think that the why and how you write are both beautilfu! I wish I had known about blogging when my kids were younger because I really felt alone at times and it would have provided something wonderful for me, but alas, I didn’t start blogging until I was preggo with my third and that was on blogger. I was still alone there. 😉 WordPress is totally different in that you can easily meet others with similar interests and lifesytles. LOVE this site…and I’m so glad we met. xoxo

    • Valerie! I’m also glad we met here in this space! This is just what is great about blogging and WordPress. I believe everything happens for a reason. With your third child, the timing was right to begin to blog. I love your perspective because you are a mom with children older than my little boy. Have a good night! Xox

      • Thanks so much. ❤
        I agree that things happen for a reason…I just wish there'd been a reason for me to have started blogging years ago! 😉

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  6. I’ve found I’m most comfortable writing about writing, but I also blog about parenting and health/fitness topics occasionally, too. Writing for me is a hobby, and I blog for some form of regular writing practice and accountability. I do write with followers in mind, since blogging is a public forum, and writing for a selected audience is a skill worth honing.

    Blogs are very personal, but also very public. I love reading your mommy posts. xo

    • Gwen! Thank you! I also enjoy reading your blog. So true that writing for a selected audience is a skill. This is what can make any form of writing a challenge. Xox

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