Are you wondering where blogging might lead you?

Yeah me too.

I stepped onto the path of blogging with not a clue which direction to go except forward. It’s been almost a year and a half since I took my first step. And the only way I can really describe the path I have walked so far? Mine.

If you blog, you most likely blog for a variety of reasons with intentions and goals that come into focus and then fade away seconds later it seems. It can get confusing. I’ve second-guessed myself, doubted myself, wondered what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. And then on the flip side, I have had moments of pure clarity and confidence where the answer as to why I blog becomes as clear as day.

I’ve hit a groove recently. Maybe I’m just getting more comfortable in my blogging skin. I’ve grown accustomed to the ups and downs of this blogging game, and I guess more than anything I’ve feel comfortable in my own stride.

So…I’m sitting in a hotel room in Chicago right now.

I’ve spent the evening hanging with women I know, women I’ve heard of, women I’ve never heard of but now I know. And everyone here that I’ve spoken to seems to feel comfortable in their own blog stride too. We know the answers are not written clearly for us to see each and every day. As to why we spend what seems like way too much time on the computer. We each have different goals and visions and strategies and reasons why we left our kids and hopped on a plane to be here. But we’re all walking our own path. Together.

When I think about what makes my life meaningful to me, it’s always shakes down to my relationships. The people in my life and the quality of my relationships with them is what makes me tick. And what gives my life texture and depth and purpose. People.

If there’s one definitive thing I have learned about my blogging life is that the same rule applies. Relationships are what makes blogging meaningful. And it’s what gives my online life texture and depth and purpose. People.

Yep. Online people are real people. And the only reason I am here is because of a blogging relationship. A real person who was cool enough to open up this opportunity to me.

So I guess the point of this ramble tonight is to say if you’re wondering where blogging might lead you, it’s no different really than thinking about where life might lead you. It’s all uncertain. And that’s the fun of it. But while I’m wandering around living and blogging, I sure as hell want to create some cool relationships along the way.

And as long as I can end up at the end of the road with a few friends by my side, I think the journey will have been worthwhile.

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16 Responses to “Are you wondering where blogging might lead you?”

  1. LceeL says:

    It was SO nice meeting you last night. Wait. Uh, what I mean is … it was so nice meeting you and all those other women last night. Wait. That doesn't sound much better, does it? Hmmmm. It was SO NICE walking into Gino's East and meeting you and the other women that were there yesterday evening. (There. that's better. Whew.)

    Seriously. I am so glad we had a chance to sit down and talk a bit. It was like sitting with old friends. Not that any of you were old, mind you (ah…here we go again), oh .. nevermind. I'm really glad I met you. What say we wlak down this blogging road together, eh? You and I? I'll follow you. You follow me. Stop by once in a while and say "Hi." Because last night's restaurant meetup was why we blog – or at least, part of it.

  2. cristin says:

    Love this. I could have written it (except the part about being in Chicago).

    I recently read a post by a popular mommy blogger, giving advice to new bloggers, and it was mostly about making money off your blog, driving traffic to your blog. It totally rubbed me the wrong way.

    Thanks for getting it.

  3. Jen says:

    Couldn't have said it better myself.

  4. Under the Influence says:

    🙂

  5. AmyLK says:

    Happy to be here with you!

  6. Amy says:

    I'm happy you have a blogging life too!

  7. Amber says:

    That's why I started blogging too. It has been well worth it.

  8. CaJoh says:

    Yes, on-line people are people too. I have found that even though the medium screams of obscurity and ambiguity, that people find what I say very clear and understandable. So glad that you can meet with your fellow colleagues who just happen to do this thing called blog.

  9. Heather says:

    YES. YES. and YES.

    If I didn't blog, I wouldn't know you. My life is richer because I know you. I love that. And you. And this post. And I wish I were in Chi-town with you 🙂

  10. Loren says:

    Right on Lee. 🙂

  11. Deb says:

    can't wait to hear about your new connections and your new adventures!

  12. Jessi says:

    That was a great post Lee. I really had a good time at supper with you and enjoyed talking to you about our blogs and directions and families and hoovertinis and everything else.

    Jessi

  13. Boy Crazy says:

    Chicago! You're so close, yet still so far away. 😉

    You sound great, Lee. I can tell you've hit your groove. It shows, it really does. So are you at a conference of sorts or just a get-together? Come up to Madison for a quick detour!! Miss you.

    xo elizabeth

  14. Evolving Mommy Catherine says:

    I feel like I am starting to fall into my groove lately and I think a lot of it has to do with realizing that the very most important things about blogging is the relations I am a part of as a result. After all it doesn't do me any good if I use my blog to try get to know myself all by myself, it is the relationships that are helping me evolve.

  15. Sarah says:

    The relationships that I have formed through my blog community are priceless. And I think I would be deeply saddened if I left it all and lost them. You are so right about the ups and downs here. Blogging is so like a tide. And sometimes rather stormy. But there have been so many, many benefits that I couldn't ever imagine quitting it now. It's become like a lifeline for me.

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