TMC welcomes Jessica, author of the blog Four Plus an Angel. By the title of her blog alone, you can already sense that Jessica has been through more than what most of us have. And after reading just one of her posts, you will quickly see that Jessica writes in a very heartfelt way that draws her readers in immediately. She is truly an authentic blogger, full of open and honest experiences, the kind of blogger you want to follow in a heartbeat. Here is how she described her blogging journey in her own words:
“I started blogging over three years ago when I was pregnant with triplets. I was hospitalized for preterm labor and thought it would be the best way to keep family updated. It was nice to track my progress and post ultrasound pictures and read supportive comments from my mom and the one or two people that stopped by each week but I was definitely not a dedicated blogger.
My triplets were ultimately born 12 weeks premature and we lost one of our daughters on her third day of life. I let my mom post the news, the good and then the horribly bad, on my blog, and didn’t give a thought to blogging again. Months went by, and in the throws of life with two preemies, grief over the loss of our daughter and post-partum depression, I closed myself off from the rest of the world. I had this thought in my head that no one could possible understand so what was the point in reach out to talk to anyone? As the babies’ first birthday neared, I decided to do a post for them, documenting their first year in pictures. I then began updating here and there with heights, weights, cute things they were doing. All for them. So they could read about their early years when they got older.
Slowly, I began to get back on my feet again. I reconnected with my love of writing and my blog evolved into what it is now. A place to share anything and everything I want to share. In the past I blogged for everyone else, but now? I blog for me.
When I’m sad I blog about it, when I’m just plain overwhelmed like any other mom with four kids at home, I vent and when I want to share the strides my daughter with autism is making or the tough day she just had, I do that too. No matter what I talk about there is always someone out there who can either relate or who will comment and say “you know, I’ve never been through that but I’m here if you need me.” And this is the amazing thing about blogging that keeps me writing day after day.
I think back to that year I isolated myself after the loss of our daughter and wish I had blogged through my grief. The support and relationships and amazing people I have found through blogging are like no other. I am a stay at home mom and blogging keeps me connected, social and sane. If potty training is throwing us for a loop or if I can’t seem to peel myself off of twitter long enough to put the laundry in the dryer I can blog about it. The comfort in knowing that there are a million other moms who are not expert potty-trainers and may also have a slight twitter addiction is unmatchable.
What Theta Mom brings to bloggers is such a great representation of what the blogging world is. There are so many women (and men) out there who blog to find a connection, so that someone else reads and shakes their head in agreement. That acknowledgement, that acceptance, is priceless. Heather has created this amazing place that makes connecting with each other and supporting one another that much easier and I can’t thank her enough for giving me the opportunity to share the huge part of my life that is my blog, with all of you.”
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