I’m hoping that this will be the first of many posts on why I think blogging is great, especially for mothers.
The first thing that I’ve found is that it creates a bridge between working mothers and stay at home mothers that is not present in “real life.” The blogosphere allows for women to share experiences that they do not necessarily have a place to share.
By a place, I mean an actual physical location. The week days are filled with connections and experiences for both groups of mothers but their respective lives don’t intersect with each other enough to allow for the two groups to share these with each other. The space between them restricts the ability of many women to connect to their counterparts across the isle.
The Internet, however, provides a neutral place where both groups can share and connect in a new way. I’ve loved seeing how mothers express their thoughts, experiences, loves, sadness, anxieties and joys on the Internet in a way that connects these two groups to each other.
Also, because the Internet is at women’s fingerprints whether it be in the office or at home, they can share and connect in real time. That exchange creates a new paradigm for the relationship of mothers. It opens an entire new world for them and in that world, the connections are deeper and more intimate than they could ever be in a “real life” environment such a playground.
The Internet provides the kind of freedom of thought and emotion that allow mothers to reach across the isle and share pieces of their lives that are common to each other.
The common elements allow the groups to connect without judgement (for the most part) and that has been beautiful and inspiring to watch.
I’M SORRY, ARMPITS ARE JUST FUNNY
My friend Kate from The Big Piece of Cake called me today to tell me how funny she thought my No Armpits Please post was, and then we then spent the next 20 minutes just laughing about armpits and armpit stories.
After we got off the phone, I thought about how fun this blog has been. Even though only a handful of lovely ladies read my blog (BTW, did I tell you how much I love you for reading my blog handful-of-lovely ladies?!!), sharing my stories with them has been incredibly rewarding.
Someone asked me several months ago when I started the blog why I felt the need to put my thoughts on the Internet and why I didn’t just write in a journal. Well, I told them, when you’re sharing your thoughts with someone outside of yourself, it forces you to articulate your thoughts more thoroughly than if you were just going to write for yourself.
Now I realize it does SO much more than that. It not only helps makes you strive to be more thoughtful and funny about what you write, it also creates an opportunity for you to connect with amazing women that you would never have had the chance to meet or get to know otherwise.
So to all of you who have ever commented on this blog and who have not gotten a response or an e-mail from me, please know that your comment absolutely meant something to me. Sometimes I just don’t know what to say and err on the side of saying nothing because I’m afraid to say something silly or worse, meaningless.
I want to say a big thank you to you all!