And then I blogged…

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I’ve always loved to write.  My adolescence can be tracked through various poems and pieces and half-finished short stories.  It has always been my escape.  Give me a book or a notepad and pencil and I’m the happiest girl alive. 

But, I never really considered blogging.  I posted some pieces I wrote online, but I didn’t have a space where I would go and write on a regular basis.  It seemed too intimate, and I wasn’t ready for the world to discover the real me.

A couple years ago, a friend of mine started a blog and she convinced me to start one too.  It’s a testament to what was going on in my life at the time – my frustration with moving, etc.  But I still felt restricted.  I had a few readers, real-life friends, and I wasn’t ready to spill all my secrets.  They know me, yes, but I don’t feel we are close enough for them to see the inner workings of my mind and the musings of my heart.  In trying to keep things casual, I found it difficult to find new ideas for posts…

After watching Julie & Julia, I decided to start a new blog, one that chronicled my journey to domestication… The Undomestic Housewife was my own private journal, where I was free to be me, with no readers…

Which soon got depressing.  But, I didn’t know how to change it, so it went on and on for about 7 months…

And then I came across Writing Workshop… First I stumbled into Sleep is for the Weak’s… which led me to Mama Kat’s Losing It, and I was hooked.  Every week new prompts?  The option to link up and have others read my work? Anonymous others, who don’t live near me, who don’t have a clue who I am?  It seemed too good to be true.

And that’s when The Undomestic Housewife really came to life.  That’s when it was transformed from a sad little blog to one with actual readers, and even a few subscribers. 

This month, on the 29th is The Undomestic Housewife’s one-year anniversary.  In this time I’ve written 70 posts, most of which are more honest than anything I’ve ever written.  It has helped me to work through my grief after the miscarriage, to problem solve, to express myself honestly and not fearing judgment.  And it has helped me rediscover my love of writing, the relief I get when words spill on the page and stop jumbling up in my head.

When I first started, I just wanted a space to be me.  Now, I feel like I’ve joined a world of people who understand me, of mommy bloggers who don’t judge me or my opinions just because I’m not a mom.  I’ve met other bloggers, who though only friends in blog world, I feel for… I’ve cried for them when they are having tough times, and rejoiced for them when they are being blessed.

I may have started solo, but I’ feel like I’ve joined a community, one I appreciate exceedingly.  It’s not about the number of people who stop by my blog; it’s about the people who take a moment and leave a comment, who show me I’m not alone in my feelings… That is why I blog.

15 thoughts on “And then I blogged…

    • Exactly Erin. And since in everyday life I seem to be surrounded by men (my husband, his brother that lives with us, the various friends that come and take over my couch and tv.. even the cat is male!), it’s nice to have a network of women who get out how I feel.

  1. I’ve gone through phases of doing both the Sleep is for the Weak and Mama Kat’s writing workshops. These days, it’s one or the other, due to paucity of time, mainly. I love your blog and I do enjoy seeing you over at mine too.

    • Hi Gaelikaa! I’ve finally figured out how to set up Google Reader to keep up with my favorite blogs, including yours!
      I know, it’s hard sometimes to find the time (or creativity, in my case) to come up with posts for both Workshops, but it’s always nice to have 10 propmts to choose from.. :)

  2. Thanks for stopping by! And having an audience to speak with and to really is what makes blogging worth while to me. I’ve been able to build relationships with people I’ve never met, but yet we are still so close! I’m so glad to have found your blog and can’t wait to read more about your undomestic adventures :)

  3. I agree. I would rather have a handful of readers who I connect with, discuss the topics that are important to us, develop friendships with, than to get thousands of hits. (Although if I *did* get thousands of hits I would still do a happy dance!)Also, I enjoy reading your blog! I only subscribe via email to the blogs I never want to miss (I get you in my inbox) ;) And, last thing, we have the same theme, except mine is blue.

    • Thanks! You made me blush, lol.
      I’d probably do a happy dance too with a thousand hits.. It’s hard not to be excited that people like to read what you write.. :) Oooh… and great minds think alike, which is probably why we have the same theme, lol. :D

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