I know we are all about to be inundated with Thanksgiving related gratitude posts (I’m not complaining, I love gratitude stuff!), but lately I’ve been thinking a lot about this blogging shindig. Sometimes we CTWM’s bloggers talk to each other about how hard it is to blog. I think it’s a common perception that blogging is easy and comes completely naturally.
But honestly, sometimes blogging is tough. Not in the what should I write about way but in the holy crap I’m really putting myself out there way.
This is especially relevant on websites like CTWM’s where we try to write in a way that is truthful and open. We try to tackle topics that make those tender parts of ourselves ache and in doing so, we are exposed for the world-wide-web to see (and criticize). There have been so many times that I (and my fellow bloggers) have hesitated to click that Publish button. I think we all tend to go to a place of what if no one likes my piece or what if no one comments?
But we reassure ourselves that by being vulnerable and sharing a part of our lives with you, we are (hopefully) helping others to find a sense of community and sisterhood. We have faith that our readers, upon discovering you aren’t the only ones to feel or think a certain way, feel less alone. We truly believe that the world needs less judgement and negativity and much more love and compassion.
So week after week we open a part of ourselves to you and wouldn’t have it any other way.
I want to say an enormous thank you to all the CTWorkingMoms bloggers. You ladies inspire me on a daily basis. Sometimes I laugh, sometimes I cry, sometimes I find myself nodding my head to your words. Every single day I am incredibly thankful for your presence here. Every time I read your words I feel like you are sharing something special with me and the world and it fills my heart to the brim with joy. Thank you my brave, beautiful, smart and compassionate bloggers for always hitting that Publish button even when it’s hard. You are changing the world by being yourselves and sharing your life experiences with all of us.
I really encourage everyone that stumbles upon this piece to thank a blogger that has made a difference in your life. And I don’t just mean someone from CTWM’s. Whatever website gives you inspiration or provides you with a sense of community, let that blogger know via email or Facebook or Twitter that you appreciate them.
In doing my part to #thankablogger, I want to give a special shout out to a few sites that I visit regularly: SoulPancake, MommyPoppins CT, Out and About Mom, Momastery & Elephant Journal. Thank you for putting so much energy and effort into your sites, I really appreciate it!
For a full listings of CTWM’s bloggers click here. These women rock – read about them!