At BlogHer ’12 this weekend I got to meet and learn from a bunch of smart, passionate women. I had intended to write my questions for the weekend on the first page of my notebook before heading up to the Hilton for the conference, but that never happened. It didn’t matter. It turned out that I didn’t have to look too hard to find some answers to both of my questions — How can I write better? and How can I connect better with my audience?
One answer to both questions: Don’t worry so much. Which is probably also a good answer to many, many, many of my questions.
I also found some answers to a question that I hadn’t anticipated asking, which is, Why do I blog, anyway? I plan to write in response to this question later this week, and (what the hell?) I’ll be inviting you to link up with your own post on why you blog (assuming that you do). I’m not done answering the question for myself, so I’d love to hear what you think.
Erin Goodman of exhale. return to center has been asking such questions of bloggers in her Behind the Blog podcast. Last month I finally listened to some of the interviews, with three of the bloggers I’ve been following since I first started following blogs: Jamie Martin of Steady Mom, Hillary Boucher of …infinite learners…, and Rachel Turiel of 6512 and Growing. Among the goodies in the interviews was a reminder of Hillary’s Buddha-on-a-pirate-ship philosophy of life with a family — a very, very useful vision to remember as I readjust to life as a work-at-home mother.
At I Thought I Knew Mama (and originally guest posted at Hobo Mama), Charise offers suggestions for gently re-directing the conversation when well-meaning folks ask questions about your child based on the usual so-called milestones (sleeping through the night and so on).
At Chookooloonks, Karen shares photography tips to help make your shots awesome no matter what kind of camera you’re using.
And at SouleMama, Amanda reminds us why being a grownup is good, too.