Since inspiration seems to be the theme this week, I couldn’t think of a more perfect blogger to guest post on this topic. Elena, author of C.Mom is my fabulous guest blogger today and she is sharing her personal blogging journey – one I know you will instantly connect with and upon reading, feel inspired about the potential path of your own blogging destiny.
“Fire can be dangerous, but it can also be a beacon that lights your way in the darkness.”
Earlier this summer I was doing my regular old blogging thing; reflecting on all that I had learned at the Type A Parent Conference, attempting to read and comment on posts, engaging with people on Twitter, and trying to get myself out there. That is what we do as bloggers, or at least, that is what I did. I had been writing C.Mom for over a year and a half, and though I loved it, was not entirely sure what my long term vision was.
And then a spark.
I was reading a fabulous post. The words in that post about self-acceptance were all that it took for me to realize that this was my “thing.”
That “thing” turned into “Things I Like about Me,” my first ever meme. I participated in all sorts of memes the eighteen months I had been blogging, but I had never hosted one. What if I put myself out there and no one came? What if the great idea in my head was only great to me?
Without explanation, I had a feeling. I had a feeling that the topic might touch a lot of people. I had a feeling it could spark something magical. Maybe it was a hope, a dream – but I was determined to make it reality and put my entire self into making it a success.
That is when the spark became a flame.
The support rolled in through comments, through tweets, and eventually through the words of 90 linked up posts. I was stunned and in awe, but a fire was burning in me that was unlike anything I had experienced before.
The trick, for me, was to figure out what to do with those flames.
Although I know fire is risky, I needed to find a way to keep this feeling going. I wanted to fuel the flames whose energy had come from the voices of many sharing their story; flames whose energy had come from passion, from raw emotion, from a place down deep in the beings of women that I had never met.
I tweeted about my attempts to brainstorm, like one adds kindling to a fire. I emailed back and forth with other bloggers whose opinions I respected and whose voices I admired. The ideas percolated, but the pile of kindling was getting lower and lower. Until…
Until I found the magical match.
As I swam laps at the pool, I realized I needed to believe in the energy that had ignited this passion. I needed to believe in the support of those tweets and emails and comments. I needed to believe that I could keep telling my story on C.Mom, but create something new and magical in a separate space.
And so I lit the match.
I came home from my swim and searched domain names. I turned to Twitter for help on the perfect name. I considered how crazy of an idea it was to start a new site while working full time, having C.Mom, and all of my other real life responsibilities.
I did it anyway. I bought Just.Be.Enough. and took a deep breath, for I knew in my heart of hearts, this was a giant leap of faith.
That was almost two months ago. Since then, Just.Be.Enough. has evolved into a flame that is fueled by passion, by love, and by the voices of many. The stories of parenting, of our children, of our roles as wives and professionals stoke the fire each day.
The weekly meme has been home to honest and emotional stories and has evolved into a movement, a celebration where we accept our imperfections, and stand taller collectively as a group. The scary thing to me is that none of this would have happened had I not read that one blog post.
None of this would have happened had it not been for the support of a blogging community.
None of this would have happened had I not been willing to take a risk.
I am so very glad that I did. The comments, the emails, and the tweets from sources around the world thanking me for Just.Be.Enough. and for the opportunity to focus on our strengths instead of our flaws…those words, those emotions, and the self confidence that those words exude…that is enough to keep my inner flame burning for a very long time.
Thank you to Heather, whose support of me and bloggers everywhere is unmatched; her encouragement and in fact, her idea for the name of Just.Be.Enough. is something that I cherish and am thankful for every day. Thank you also to the fabulous team of women that contribute to Just.Be.Enough, and to the many voices that link up each week and support me every day.
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