So last Monday was my blog's second birthday and I wanted to shine the spotlight on the wonderful bloggers who answered my questions: "What has blogging given you and what have you learned from it?" I didn't anticipate so many answers, hence this post will have 3 parts. Here's the second, see part 1 here.
Amanda (Expat Life With a Double Buggy): Blogging has literally opened up the world for me and shown me that no matter the issue you are never the first to be going through the experience, and never alone!
Janneke (DrieCulturen): Blogging has connected me to lots of interesting people like you. I do hope we meet in reallife some time. Blogging has opened a whole new world for me. It's so great to discover that people actually read what you write and come back for more!
Susie (New Day New Lesson): Aside from being really effective free therapy, blogging has taught me to be comfortable being vulnerable. Being vulnerable lets people get to know the real you and helps them in turn lower their own defenses.
Kim (Mama Mzungu): Blogging has encouraged me write more, which has helped me organize my thoughts more, which has helped me gain new insights; but I've learned the most from gaining a worldwide community of friends.
Patricia (Mrs C's SugarCoated Life): Blogging has taught me to pay more attention to life's details, and to savor experiences more. I've realized that in order to write pieces from the heart, you need to have gone through the experience with your heart really in it. So in this sense, I've become more truly involved in my life, and in the lives of my husband and son, and we are more connected now.
Martine (Dainty Mom): Blogging has made me appreciate the gift and responsibility of writing well, from the heart. It's helped me to share my joys with like-minded women in an honest, happy, heartfelt way.
Deborah (Mannahattamamma): Writing a blog for so many years has connected me to people all over the world, created an ongoing virtual scrapbook of my kids and our lives (including the things with which I plan to embarrass my kids later in their lives), and (I hope) strengthened my writing muscles.
Jennifer (World Moms Blog): ncreasing friendships far beyond my own neighborhood through blogging, means I have Christian, Muslim, Jewish, atheist friends and friends of many more beliefs. I also like having buddies all over the world on the cultural inside that I can ask questions to because I'm always curious. I like being in the know of what the latest in parenting is around the world. I like being friends with Tiger moms, homeschooling moms, green moms, working moms, stay-at-home moms, work-at-home moms, etc. I really enjoy learning and the international network that World Moms Blog has introduced me to means that I am always learning. I find myself putting myself in the shoes of others, pondering the perspectives of others, while still growing, forming and making my own stronger. I like feeling like I have a voice. I like creating a platform for more moms to feel empowered and that what they have to say is important, because it is. I like rallying for people who need my help the most on the planet through social good blogging. It would be an understatement to say that the introduction to blogging has changed my life.
Karyn (Kloppenmum): I have learned not to argue with, or worry about, the people who disagree with me online, even if they do so intensely; and I have gained many wonderful friends and insights into their day-to-day lives.
Tina (Truly Rich Mom): blogging has helped me discover with greater clarity God's purpose for me as a mom AND a writer, and has even become a way by which our family has been blessed, because it's opened windows and doors of opportunity for me to network with other people and even brands and businesses, and to "showcase" what I can do as a writer!
Laura (Lalymom): Blogging at Lalymom has helped me go from someone who pins good ideas on pinterest and forgets them to someone who actually does fun, new stuff with my kids. Some ideas are ours and some are from all those pins I've been saving! Congrats and Happy Blog Birthday!