Tarana of Sand In My Toes recently tagged me for a “Why Do You Write” blog hop. Tarana is an excellent writer who writes on her blog about parenting, life in Dubai (where she lives), and “everything in between”. She has also been a guest blogger here for my World Culture for Kids series twice – once to write a post about Dubai and once to write about her own experience growing up in a multicultural environment. Both posts are well worth checking out! Tarana left me four questions to answer:
What am I working on?
Write now I write this blog and a journal that I have written in daily since September 27, 2003. The journal is written mainly to capture memories, as well as to share them with family members who live far away. This blog is my space to explore what makes being a parent a joyful experience for me. It centers on three of my greatest interests: creativity, learning, and play. My readers have grown to play an important role in this experience for me, over the years – your comments get me thinking and inspire me. Thank you!
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My blog is possibly less deliberate than most blogs that focus on kids activities and parenting. The majority of my posts aren’t planned in a notebook, but happen because something happens in my life that I want to record. I take pictures of our daily life, and then use those photos as inspiration for blog posts. What I care about and how I write is strongly influenced by the large family I grew up in – with a mother who believed in using home as a learning laboratory – as well as the different countries and cultures I was raised in spread across Europe and the Americas, and inspiration gained from readers, other bloggers, and real life friends.
Why do I write what I do?
Raising young children can be draining. So much laundry, so many dishes, meals you cook that they don’t want to eat, whiny days. Blogging is my way of focusing on what I love about raising children. When I started blogging I quit watching the clock. Now if I watch the clock it’s because my days go by too quickly.
I truly enjoy being a mother, and I hope that some of what I write can help other parents find satisfaction and joy in everyday parenting. Writing my blog also encourages me to think about how I am spending my time, as well as to work on my writing and photography – both skills I value.
How does my writing process work?
I collect pictures that I take in folders, and then assign the pictures to blog posts ideas, which are then assigned to days. I don’t have a lot of computer time, so posts are mostly written in my head while folding laundry (which, somehow, still never quite gets folded). This fortunately makes it quite easy to type them up quickly when I do find the time!
Tarana passed this blog hop on to three more bloggers, and I’ll do the same – if they choose to accept! I tag Ticia of Adventures in Mommydom, Natalie of Planet Smarty Pants, and Erica of What Do We Do All Day? I have read all three of these blogs for over five years now. Erica, Natalie, and Ticia are three very engaging – and three very different – women whose blogs make me think and inspire me to be a better mother.
Why do you write?