So many of the infertility bloggers I have followed throughout the years have slowly dropped off over time – either from writing about their kids or from writing completely. Sometimes it’s because of privacy concerns, and sometimes it’s because they feel too busy to write. People say they couldn’t possibly make the time to blog with small children to take care of, and they profess to not understand how people who continue to blog do it. I’m on the flip side of that statement, because though I have my times where I cannot find the desire or time to blog for a few days at a time, overall, I cannot imagine not blogging at this point in my life. I absolutely love being able to look back at my children’s lives thus far through the lens of my blog and the writing and pictures I’ve shared here. My family reads my blog, my closest IRL friends read my blog, and of course my URL friends read my blog. I love having this point of connection with others and this virtual journal of my children’s lives to look back on.
When I read Heather’s post on Dooce this past week about blogging & motherhood, I found myself nodding along with everything she was saying. Dooce is the very first blog I ever read back in 2009, and I read every single post in her archives within a couple of days. As she has grown as a blogger, I’ve always admired Heather’s ability to share fun details about her life without over-sharing, and I’ve tried (sometimes unsuccessfully!) to do the same.
I don’t think I will ever have an audience in the millions like Heather does, but I can definitely relate to the closing lines of her post:
As someone who has built a career chronicling parenthood, know that every day I get up and hope that I am giving my daughters just the tiniest glimpse of what you gave me. The whole story of my website is me trying to show you that I was paying attention.
Thank you, Mom. Thank you for teaching me how to lead a life filled with love and respect. Thank you for being you and for helping me to be me. I love you to the moon and back.