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I began my journey into blogging long before I began my journey into motherhood. I was one of those angst-y teens who would scribble her daily angst-y thoughts into a notebook, not realizing that the reason I was drawn to recording my life was because I truly love to write. Eventually, my notebooks became a computer, and writing became more than just a hobby.
I have aspirations that go beyond simply scribbling in a notebook, but even if I did not, I think that writing helps me become a more reflective and compassionate person and blogging makes me a better mom. Taking the time (even if it is just a few minutes a day) allows me to savor the sweet moments and contemplate the less-than-perfect ones. Motherhood is a crazy, joyful, amazingly hard, and amazingly rewarding experience. Taking the time to write it all down can help you learn from these experiences before they become a blur in our memories.
3 Ways Blogging Makes Me A Better Mom
1. Keeping a blog can easily help you record and share the beautiful moments.
When my son was born, I could not get over his beauty and sweetness. My son, PJ, would sleep and, when I wasn’t holding him, I would sit at the computer, pouring out words to try and describe my fears, my joy, and the overwhelming love of being a new mother. Without a way to record those thoughts, they may have slipped out of my ears due to the sleepless haze I was existing in as the mother of a newborn. Thanks to my blog, I can go back and read about how PJ’s pacifier took up his whole face, how my cat would stand guard as he slept, and how I was convinced that he was starving to death because my boobies appeared to be broken (FYI, he wasn’t and they weren’t. I was just new to the whole feeding-someone-with-my-body deal!). As PJ got older, my blog became the place I can to reflect on the ups and downs of parenthood.
2. Blogging helped me be brave.
It became an outlet for the things I was too scared to talk about, such as PJ’s diagnosis of Autism, and it allowed me to vent on my own terms. Autism, at the time, was a scary thing to talk about. My blog gave me a place to keep my friends and family up-to-date on everything that was going on as we navigated the process of learning about Autism in the early days of receiving his diagnosis. On the days I just could not speak about it, I would sit at the computer and pour out all of my thoughts and feelings about what was happening. Now, not only can I go back and see how far we have come, but I can also direct someone else going through the same thing to those old posts and let them know that they are not alone.
3. Blogging is also an amazing way to enhance your family snapshots.
I know a picture says a thousand words, but sometimes it doesn’t say where and when the shot was taken or how you felt in that moment. I use my blog as an outlet to catalog and tell the story of all of those camera clicks. A little blurb can help you remember how you felt when you snapped your son happily eating his peas, or when your daughters shared their American Girl Dolls without a fight. Blogging can take those moments that caused you to grab your camera to go all the way and tell the whole story.
Finally, (yes, this is a bonus reason) blogging can help you give pause and reflect on this whole motherhood journey. I pour myself a cup of coffee, sit down at my laptop, listen to music that I love, and try to put the events of the day on the screen in front of me. When the day was good, I can go back to the joy of the moment. When the day was not-so-good, I can try to learn from it, and remember that I can look back on posts about other good days to lift my spirits.
I have had some many friends come up to me and say “You know, I’ve thought about starting a blog, but…” and my answer is always, without hesitation, “Do it!” Do it. You will never regret sitting down to tell your story.
How does blogging enhance your life?
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