Penny at Alexander Residence has just done her first Vlog, you can see it by clicking here, it’s about why she blogs. Penny is both honest and very eloquent and someone I’ve made a ‘connection’ with through blogging, although our blogs are very different – I find her’s creative and thoughtful while I think mine is more ranting and ‘off the cuff’.
Penny poses the question – would you Vlog? No. While I love the sound of my own voice; the one I hear in my head, the one I hear in recordings is awful. I do post photographs of my self on my blog but it is relatively anonymous and I tend deliberately choose photos that avoid an immediate connection, so standing in front the of the camera is not for me.
I was very interested to hear why Penny blogs and I’ve been reflecting on why I blog. One of the reason’s I began blogging was to connect with other parents. I try to read a lot of other blogs, I enjoy taking part in community link ups for the sense of blogging community, everyone comes together under the umbrella of either meme yet the variety amongst the blogs is enormous. I enjoy that taking part is very much about visiting the other contributors. I would say my blog reading style is fairly ‘sluttish’ I tend to hop about rather than committing to particular blogs.
Why do I blog? I work 4 days a week through financial necessity rather than being career driven. I’m one of only two women in the organisation with small children. While I have friends with similar aged children the limited time I have outside of work to juggle family, home etc means I don’t mix with other parents as much as I’d like. Blogging gives me that connection, while I enjoy being at work, I like popping into blogs in my lunch time as it transports me away from work.
I’d thought about blogging and never did it, then stumbled across ‘mummy blogs/parent blogs’ via twitter, I read some and enjoyed the window on another parents worlds, and as Penny says blogging tends to be very honest about parenting. I often feel my parenting is squeezed under various pressures and it’s nice to discover other people experience similar. A perfect example of how blogging works for me was the post I wroteabout my son and nursery, the comments were useful, interesting, informative and simply emphasised to me how important blogging is to me the ability to connect and communicate with other parents.
An unexpected twist, is that blogging challenges me, to be creative, the write honestly. I’ve posted about things I probably wouldn’t have, like my Mother. Blogging has given me a space to air things that are important to me. It’s encouraged me to be more creative and I now take more photos.
With blogging you can put it out there and those with similar experiences or a view can comment and share. I’ve been really lucky to make connections and meet up with other bloggers, this weekend I had a fabulous long lunch with Penny Alexander Residence it has been interesting to take the step beyond the screen; blog posts and twitter conversations and I feel I’ve made new friends. I’m looking forward to making further connections in beyond the ‘virtual’ connections I feel I’ve already made.
That’s me, so how is it for you?