Today I am so grateful for blogging and for the blogging community!
College transformed me into a bit of a Sociologist, and I see blogging as something that has completely revolutionized my anticipated role in life.
I’ve always planned on and wanted to be a stay at home mom. That’s been the ultimate goal for as long as I can remember. And I can assure you that I could easily find enough work to fill all my days and more than plenty of satisfaction in doing that work if I were to do nothing but attend to my responsibilities as a wife a mother. It really would be enough for me.
But blogging has given me above and beyond what would be “enough.” It’s enabled me to develop talents that I thought were completely out of my realm of capabilities, which has been really exciting. It gives me a new identity apart from being a mother and wife– something for just me. And I appreciate that.
It’s also been a gigantic blessing in that it allows me to contribute to our family income. My husband is still in school full time, and probably will be for 5-6 more years (let’s not talk about it, mmkay?). I was working full time, supporting us, when I had the baby 2 years ago. It didn’t make any sense for me to go back to work. Decent childcare is so expensive that everything I’d earn would go to pay someone to watch Em for me! And I hated my job– so I’d basically be working just to fund my misery. Besides the fact that Chris and I had agreed that once the babies came, we’d find a way to make it work for me to be home with them.
I’ve been fortunate enough that my blogging, doing something I love, has helped us to pay the bills on a pretty monthly basis. And I can even do it (and have done it) with Emma sitting on my lap! Talk about being blessed…
Beyond all ofthat, there’s even more to my appreciation of blogging: the friendships I’ve been able to form are unreal.
I went through this (long) phase during which I didn’t know how to refer to my blogging friends when I mentioned them in conversations with real life friends. I felt really stupid, like I was talking about my imaginary friends. Or like people would think I was sitting in front of 3 mega TV screens with a head set and 4 gaming controllers in my hands all day.
After Online BlogCon, I just gave up. Because it made me realize the friends I’ve met through blogging are really myreal friends. We support each other during hard times, just like real friends do. We share inside jokes, just like real friends do. We get jealous over each others’ outfits…. er, wait… did I just say that out loud?
Anyway, the point is that now in a conversation I no longer stammer around the phrase “blogging friend.” If someone thinks is weird… well, that’s ok. It’s kind of hard to understand unless you’re part of this whole thing. And I guess it’s not for everyone (just the super cool peeps, right?), so I can be ok with that.
Just know that Ido not own any sort of gaming headset. Just sayin’.
Notes about this recipe:
- I prefer to use chocolate candy melts instead of white or chocolate chips, because I’ve found that using the melts keeps the chocolate fudge smooth and helps the white fudge set a little better. You can find Wilton melts in the craft/wedding section of most Wal-Marts. Almond Bark is typically on the baking aisle. Either would work. In a pinch, chips are just fine.
Fudge from my friends: