Prior to blogging I didn’t really follow very many blogs. I had a couple of girlfriends who had little blogs and I would check in with them every now and then but it wasn’t really on my radar. I followed Pioneer Woman religiously, like everyone else in their dog but never really thought about starting my own blog until I went to her book signing. I stood in line for a couple of hours, read her cookbook cover to cover, listened to others gush about her and started thinking. Here was a regular Oklahoma woman who had turned her life into a blog and made something incredible. She seemed so down to earth and we would probably be great friends if she lived next door or went to my church. Then again, she could probably be best friends with a box of hair if given the chance. The point was I started thinking; I have interesting thoughts, I’m sorta funny, I love to cook, I have cute kids…what the hell…I could have a blog.
The next week I started Hugs, Kisses and Snot. I decided on the name because that is what my life is all about…hugs and kisses from the boys in my life and their snotty noses. I had no idea what I was doing but just started posting things that I found interesting. Two things surprised me about blogging. 1) there are about 2 billion mom blogs out there. As I became involved in online blogging communities I discovered that 1 in 3 moms had a blog (that’s a made up statistic but it might as well be real because that’s how it feels). 2) I really loved writing. The more I wrote the more I discovered that I found it really fulfilling and I was kind of good at it. Friends and acquaintances would compliment my writing style and I found that surprisingly odd. I wasn’t exactly the best student in high school and had to work really hard to make the grade in college when it seemed to come easily to my friends. I’ll admit that I cheated my way through spanish and geometry in high school and sometimes would answer ACDC for shits and giggles on standardized tests. Thankfully I started taking my education seriously somewhere around my third year in college and ended up with a degree and the ability to obtain a job, ambition to move up and high standards for my life.
Needless to say, two years later I’m still blogging and still loving it. I get to express my creativity and share my kitchen successes (the kitchen failures stay hidden). Sometimes the feelings and thoughts get built up in my head and heart and they just need to come out. I’ve discovered that this is the best way for me to express myself and has given me a sense of identity outside of “stay-at-home” mom. I’m anxious and excited to see where this blogging journey will take me, new friends I’ll meet along the way and new things I’ll learn. You’re more than welcome to join me on the journey.
Stephanie Clinton was our blogger of the month for April. She blogs at Hugs, Kisses, Snot.