by Paula Neal Mooney
Look where He brought me from
Look where He brought me from
He brought me from a mighty long way
The lyrics to Tye Tribbett's "Mighty Long Way" song are rotating around my brain as I reflect on how far Jesus has taken this blog since its inception.
Back on December 13, 2005, I put up my very first post called Motherless, an essay that had been printed originally in Akron Family magazine. Two days later (woo I was really bloggin' fast!) I put up my Becoming Daddy's Girl essay, and was amazed when Tink over at Pickled Beef found it and left what would become my first blog comment ever. (I got that shocking, intrusive yet belonging feeling I get whenever someone IMs me.)
My next blog comment was from some guy who had half-naked women on his site, so I deleted his comment. (Back then my sense of morality was greater than my blind desire for the high rankings that come with lots of link love...unlike now...just kidding...I hope...)
All About the Print Mags
Back then I was still a print mag dinosaur and trying to do everything I could to break into the Seven Sisters. I only began this blog to have an online medium that displayed my print work to potential editors.
I still looked down on online writers, especially those daily bloggers whom I assumed were keeping the world up to date on their navel lint. Then an Akron Family editor took a few of us writers to lunch.
"Are you looking for more blog traffic?" fellow writer Jill Miller Zimon over at Writes Like She Talks asked me across the table.
"Yeah!" I answered enthusiastically, barely knowing what "blog traffic" was at that point. Jill kindly asked Brewed Fresh Daily -- a blog about news-stuff around Cleveland, Ohio, to blogroll me and my blogging career was off.
When Opportunity Emails
Off to a stall, that is, until I got hip to the benefits of daily blogging. But despite all my best efforts of working mentions of "my blog" into conversations with friends and family, it still felt like no one was really reading.
But then our goofy Cosmo Kramer let his inner rage out. Beyonce mentioned a fast. My blog traffic skyrocketed. Friends and family began startling me when they mentioned they'd been reading my blog.
The fullness of time was coming, and the Lord was turning folks' hearts to my blog in ways that no SEO could. And if the recent sad lay-offs in the print departments of great magazines like Time and countless newspapers across the country have taught me nothing, it's that blog writing is anything but the mindless fluff I originally assumed it to be.
This was more solidified yesterday when I received an email from Andi Buchanan, author of Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It, one of those awesome, well-written "mommy tomes" that I've devoured since becoming a mother five years ago.
In the line of Because I Said So : 33 Mothers Write About Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race, and Themselves, Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families, and To Hell with All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife, Andi's hardcover is one of those expose-mothering-for-what-it-really-is books I always dreamed of writing.
So you can imagine how much I freaked out and smiled and praised God when Andi chose my blog as the 10th blog on a HarperCollins 10-blog tour to discuss an upcoming book, Babyproofing Your Marriage: How to Laugh More, Argue Less, and Communicate Better as Your Family Grows. (Check for the post next Friday.)
It's strange and wonderful when an author whose name you've seen gracing the cover of books on Borders display shelves jumps out and into your email box, proving they're a real person.
So thanks to Dawn Friedman over at This Woman's Work for telling Andi about me, and thanks to Andi for putting the blog tour together and HarperCollins for the small honorarium and recognition. And thanks for inspiring my readers who may also feel that no one is reading their blogs. My advice is to keep on bloggin' -- cause you never know who may be reading...
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