Connect – FMF with Lisa-Jo Baker

I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo’s Five Minute Friday over at 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.


Five Minute Friday

*Links were added after the 5 minutes.


13 thoughts on “Connect – FMF with Lisa-Jo Baker

  1. mwc liz

    Visiting from Gypsy Mama’s blog.

    I am a different kind of mother and have found that reaching out through my blog has brought me close with people I never would have met and brought up subjects with people I do know that may not have come up otherwise. Words are powerful and writing will always connect you with someone, often times yourself.

    1. Nancy Post author

      You are so right. It is great to connect through words and to find that the best connection you have made is with yourself! Thanks for visiting!

    1. Nancy Post author

      My first story was about a boy with a magic stick who lived just off the trail in the forest behind our family’s cottage. I’m pretty sure my mom still has that story somewhere.

    1. Nancy Post author

      That’s what I like about blogging. It connects those of us who are so much the same and can understand each other. Thanks for reading and commenting on my post.

  2. Kaelynn Judd

    I’m a new stay at home mom. It can be extremely lonely at times. I am so thankful for the time I get to spend with my daughter, but at times it can be really hard. She is only 10 weeks old and has severe colic and I am suffering from PTSD. Every day is an adventure. If it wasn’t for being able to talk to other women online I don’t think I’d be able to survive! However, I’m hoping my husband and I find some friends in real life as well.

    I write about being a new mom all the time. I’d love for you to stop by my blog and share some thoughts! I included a link in my name!

    1. Nancy Post author

      I know where you’re coming from. When I had my daughter I was home with her without a car and no friends in our new neighbourhood. As much as I wanted to be with her, I went back to work when she was two months old (although I worked from home at the time so, technically, I was still with her all day). After my son was born, I took a year off, but with two kids at home I was so much busier anyway. I didn’t have time to be lonely. And because my daughter was older, we were at the park a lot, which gave me a chance to meet other moms in our neighbourhood. I look forward to reading your blog! Thanks for visiting mine!

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