This week, I am celebrating the second anniversary of my site.
I have to say that while I consider myself an organized person that follows through with my responsibilities, I am a bit surprised that I have stuck with this for two years. I am proud of the work that I have done. The parents and educators that seem to like what I have to say, continue to motivate me with their questions, suggestions and support. I have said it before and I will say it again…the blogosphere provides an unexpected sense of community that I would surely miss if I took an extended blogging vacation.
Since the conception of this blog, I have attended writer’s conventions, written a book review, shared expertise during interviews and parent seminars, and have been featured in some of my favorite publications and sites. I have been honored with awards and recognition and I even received real money for my work!
For this upcoming year two, I hope to share my thoughts in more publications and get my fictional works published.
Now that I have been bitten by this writer’s bug, I would love to get to the point where I can say loud and proud that I am a writer. I still feel as though I have to make excuses or explain that I’m not a “real’ writer and it isn’t my “real” job but a passion that I hope will continue.
Since I started this site, my family has been riding a wild roller coaster with school and parenting. Just when we thought those tracks would take us right, we were swung hard and fast to the left; this has been a tremendous test in patience and flexibility. If you know me in my real life, you are smiling right now because you know those words don’t usually describe me!
We went from a terrible first grade experience, to a fabulous second grade year, and finally made the switch to home schooling when third grade became more than my son could take. In my real world, home schooling isn’t the expected thing to do so my friends and supporters in the blogosphere have been a tremendous blessing.
After thinking about the past two years of writing, I discovered that cotton is the traditional gift for a second anniversary.
This seems to represent my blog and actually my life right now. Cotton is soft, strong and a valuable resource. All of the things that I hope that I am as a writer and a resource to those of you that find my words soft, strong, and valuable.
Happy Second Anniversary to me!