Thank you HBM for suggesting and facilitating this celebration of how/why we all joined the blogsphere and Mother's Day shoutout. I love your writings and I'm getting smarter just by reading your stuff (I keep a dictionary handy and I always have Merriam-Webster open at the sametime). I hope I'm not too late in contributing.
For me, blogging (lurking really) all started in a depressing manner. That's how I felt. PPD had it's hold on me and I was giving in because I had no other escape. The only thing that kept me going was looking down to my bosom and seeing this magical, wonderful daughter that I helped bring into this world. Then one day I was googling baby stuff and somehow I came upon a link to Secret Agent Josephine. Baby Bug made me smile and her Mom's cheerful and pure writing (eg. no swearing) made me feel nice inside. A glow started and a flame was lit. I started to hit her blogroll and there I found Amalah. Yipee! A mom who swears! Well from there I was on freakin' fire. Finally I laughed, felt understood and found something interesting that was mommy related (yes I know that's a loaded statement but I was finding the mommy chats I was involved in very...ummm... very.... well for lack of better words: boring and full of platitudes). Then I found Sweet Juniper. They reminded me of the friends I met in university and miss so dearly. They intimidated me somewhat but then after some back reading I felt like I could make a comment or two that didn't sound stupid. Not sure if that is 100% true but I commented anyway.
Then I found local moms and the familiarity made me feel confident to start my own blog. HBM, urban_mommy, and Martini's for Milk all inspired me and if I was more articulate I'd go on for days. As I have said time and time again - I can't write worth shit but I love "meeting" people. Maybe people may want to hear my two cents. Plus Bumper is way too cute to keep to myself. So short of the long - that's how I got here and I'm so glad I did. A huge thank you to the blogsphere and I know I missed dozens on my inspiration list but time is precious and must be spent with sweet, sweet Bumper.