Community. It’s really the reason I do this blog thing. Yeah, I do it to keep track of the drama in my world, have a place for my awesome pictures, write tributes to my kids and my husband and have a creative outlet to fill up my spare time. But honestly, the number one reason… for you. The people who listen to my words. Keep me going through days where I think I might drown. The people who really HEAR me and make me realize I Am Not Alone.
So many of you I wish were my neighbors. I wish I could walk out my front door and see my daughter’s future mother in law across the street. How perfect it would be for me to look into the yard on my right and see the sisters who I think are living parallel lives to me and a woman who fascinates me with her life’s tales on my left. It would be a dream come true to have a magnificent author, a beautiful writer/photographer, my web consultant, a knock me on my ass funny cook, an introspective, spiritual, amazing writer , and a fellow Charlotte look-alike (as well as fantastic, insightful writer), all close enough to have over to my house for a lady’s night. These friends and the others who I wake up to and go to sleep reading about each and every day are the ones who MAKE this my community.
Amy at Never True Tales is hosting a fantastic event. It’s called Won’t You Be My Neighbor. It’s a way to “share” your community with your readers. It’s a way for YOU to get to know MY favorites in this world by coming by and reading a post by them on my site. Part of me is a LITTLE worried that you’ll love them so much more than me that you’ll say, “to hell with the Mama with all the Drama, I’m packing my bags and settling in elsewhere”. But a bigger part of me thinks you’ll come back and thank me (and then maybe go elsewhere). Nah. I think it will be so much fun for you to get a glimpse of these fantabulous writers with amazing stories and their ways of telling them. SOOO… each Friday, for at least a month, I’ll be hosting a guest blogger. Someone from my favorites list. Someone you may or may not know. If you do know them, you’ll probably nod your head in agreement understanding why I asked them to guest post. If you don’t know them, you’ll know quickly why I asked them! And for my readers who really don’t get WHY I lose myself in this world every day… I assure you, you’ll understand after reading my guest’s posts.
So there it is. My little announcement of the day. I had hoped to write this and another post tonight but my attention has been on the Bachelor playing on the TV in front of me and that train wreck of a show has so captivated my attention that what I just wrote above took me over 90 minutes already. So, I’ll be back to my normally scheduled writing tomorrow.
I hope you’ll join me in the neighborly fun! If you do, grab the link on my sidebar and kick off your shoes as Mr. Rogers used to as he settled into his sweater and made himself at home.
And I should add… if you’d like to do a guest post, raise your hand! Let me know! And if you don’t volunteer… I’ll come asking!