One of the pitfalls of being a stay-at-home mom is the feeling of disconnect with the outside world. When your main conversations are between you and your 8 y.o. and 3 1/2 y.o. twins, 24/7, 365 days, your world becomes really tiny and insular. You begin to live in a bubble. Especially during the winter months when leaving the house (except for the occasional Target run, and picking up your second grader from school) is usually not an option. Its not an option especially when there’s been a flu outbreak in your area and you get paranoid about taking your little kids anywhere, fearing for their health. So you stay indoors thankful for Cartoon Network, Nick Jr. and make sure you have a stash of crayons and legos for those breaks between screen time and playtime.
For this reason I decided to join the ranks of bloggers. It gave me a platform to converse with like-minded people and interact with an entire community of fellow mommy bloggers who were going through the same experiences I was. And perhaps because of a conscious effort on my part not to pigeonhole my blog into an organic mom/parenting space, it’s become a great way to voice out anything that comes to mind.
A few days back I wrote about winter blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder. Through that piece a reader shared her personal experience with SAD and thanked me for the very timeliness of my article on the subject.
Just now, as I surfed the web for other mom blogs to engage in the current chatter, it was quite surprising to find other moms living in the northeast, sharing their warm weather vacation photos as a means to cope with the bitter cold of winter, much like my earlier posts.
And what a relief that was, a validation that there are other winter moms out there with the shared experience of dreaming of sunny destinations, going through digital archives, sharing pictures of past travels. At least I know I’m really onto something and the visualization exercise really helps shake off the cold-snap blues and gets us to focus on planned travels to our fave warm weather destinations.
So a few months into my blogging journey I am totally and completely enamored and rejuvenated with the blogging experience. For anyone reading this and still on the fence about starting their own blog, just try it out. I’m pretty sure you’ll end up loving getting “blogged”.