Even though my husband probably wouldn’t agree, I don’t think I over share online. Nope. Not at all. From talking about my saggy breasts to my dad’s death, I do talk about a lot in my life and I’ve written a lot of really honest, pour-your-hear-out kinds of posts on this blog.
Facebook Friends was one of those pour-your-heart-out kinds of posts. When I wrote it, I hesitated about hitting “publish” because facing my past insecurities about my constant need for validation from other people to feel okay with me was hard. Really hard. It was hard to be so vulnerable. It was embarrassing to admit that I was one of those bloggers who jumped on the “horrible”follow-me bandwagon in my early blogging career.
But I published it anyway because I knew I needed to.
I didn’t need or hope for comments on that post or retweets or anything else to think it was a worthwhile post, I just want to put it out there and breathe knowing that I’ve come a long way.
But when I did get comments and retweets and emails, I did smile because it was sweet to know that you “got” me and took something from it.
I’m proud of that post and I’m proud and honored that today it’s being syndicated on BlogHer.
Being a casual blogger, one who isn’t doing it for money or other cool stuff, is a bit like being a mother in that they both are kinds of self-less work. You do what you do because you love what you do and should you never get rewarded for it, you continue on. You continue on and sometimes, eventually, you’ll get the kinds of intangible and tangible rewards that will let you know that because you care, someone else will care, too.
So, today, I’m happy and thankful. (As spoken from the makeshift podium of my kitchen countertop) I’m thankful to BlogHer and to each and every one and any one who has ever read a post from this blog and started thinking more about motherhood or parenting or high school reunions.
I’d would LOVE for you to come over to read Facebook Friends and leave me a comment so that BlogHer won’t regret choosing it for syndication.
If you’re new here from BlogHer : Welcome!
*These images are from my one of my favorite children’s book: It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr.