My guest blogger today is Elizabeth, author of the blog The Writer Revived. She’s sharing her blogging journey with us today including the distinct path that lead her to develop an important community for mom bloggers. If you haven’t met Elizabeth yet, be sure to read on. You’ll be glad you did!
I started blogging in 2010 because, well, I was told I had to. As a writer wanting to be published, I was advised a presence on the web was critical. I had never read a single blog. I had no idea what I was doing, or why, and it showed. I floundered in those early days.
Eventually, I found my voice. And things started to take off. Blogging became a wonderful way to practice my craft, express myself and connect with others. The women I have gotten to know through blogging and social media mean so much to me, more than I ever could have imagined. As a long time career woman who became a stay-at-home mom, I have felt so isolated at times. Being able to reach out to others has had a positive impact on my life.
Sadly, there can be a negative side. From nasty, anonymous blog comments, to Twitter catfights, to entire sites dedicated to trashing an individual, I have seen it all. While I was never a target, I did not like what I witnessed taking place between some moms. I found it very disheartening.
For a long time, I thought there was nothing I could do. After all, I am just one person. But then I realized the Internet offers the same opportunity to work for good that it does for bad. I could rally others to stand up with me and speak out. I decided I would use cyberspace to spread a positive message in many of the same ways it is used to spread hate. The Take the Pledge Campaign launched in March. I believed it would resonate with other women, and I was right. The response has been remarkable.
Now I’m blogging to make a difference. I am energized and inspired by the women who have joined The Mom Pledge Community. Together, I know we have the power to affect positive change in the way moms interact with one another.
Moms are never going to agree on every issue. That is not a reasonable expectation. But we should be able to discuss issues in a respectful and open-minded manner. And learn to accept the choices others make, as well as their right to make them. Close to 400 women have taken The Mom Pledge. I receive emails every week thanking me for creating it. The stories bring tears to my eyes. Women tell me I have changed their lives for the better. And they have definitely impacted mine.
All this because I got pushed into blogging a little over a year ago. Who knew?
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