I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo’s Five Minute Friday over at lisajobaker.com today.
The word we’re writing about for 5 minutes is connect. The deal is to write for five minutes without editing out our creative voice. Just write. Don’t use the backspace key, don’t worry about spelling or grammar and no do-overs, editing or over thinking. Then link back to Lisa-Jo and invite others to join in. Oh, and you must visit the person who linked up before you and comment on their post! And visit as many other bloggers as you like, too. We could all use a little encouragement when we just let go and write. This is about community and connecting and beautifully unedited words!
There’s been a lot of talk about connecting around my blog lately. It seems that every post I write has something to do with the connection that comes from community, family, writing, friends, etc.
Got to talking with a colleague the other day. It made me think about why I started blogging and why I write. I have always written; ever since I knew how. And even way back then, I would write to connect. Maybe not with people because no one was reading the writings of a seven-year-old except her mother. But in a sense, isn’t that connecting too?
I wrote to feel connected with my thoughts. Having them rolling around in my head, whether they were fiction stories or feelings about something that had happened, was confusing and cluttering. Putting everything down on paper helped me make sense of the ideas.
Now I write to connect with other people, other moms, other bloggers. I want to be a stay-at-home mom, but my mother keeps pointing out that in today’s world, stay-at-home moms don’t have that same community that they had even 30 years ago.
She’s right. If I were at home with my kids, I’d be alone with my kids. Sure there are places that I could take them to connect with other people, but some of those things cost money. Connecting through my writing has given me the connection with other mothers that I crave and that I would need to make staying at home with my kids work for my family.
*Links were added after the 5 minutes.