Sunday, June 27, 2010

Who Do I Turn To?

Prior to working at home I would talk with co-workers about various professional goals/ideas. We would brainstorm, refine and move on. Now that blogging has replaced working outside the home, I no longer have that face to face constructive team. My friends have replaced co-workers for guidance and support, but some (not all) of their reactions are mixed (rather silent actually). Historically I have kept work and friendships separate so this new ‘relationship’ with them isn’t as comfortable. It dawned on me, why am I expecting my friends to be interested in my professional whereabouts. Sure they can be supportive but it’s not necessary for them to dive into my professional aspirations. It is with this experience that I realize the very people I should be turning to are you – the blogging community, my co-workers of today. There is a great deal of support and encouragement here and I just wanted to say thanks. Has anyone else had this epiphany?

11 comments:

  1. It's something that I'm hoping for in blogging, yes. So far I find it's a good place to turn to look for advice on stuff to do with my kids and support for what I'm going through, yes.

    I'm the first of my close friends to have kids, so I don't usually talk too much to them about kid stuff. They like my child, they think she's cute, but they aren't the right people to talk to about the gory details of parenthood :)

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  2. The thing I love about the blogging community is that when you find your niche (be it parenthood, crafting, food, what have you), you automatically connect yourself with hundreds if not thousands of people who are interested, passionate and living the same things that you are. The support in that alone is phenomenal.

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  3. I figured that out a few months ago when I separated my blog posts from my "friends" on facebook. Writing is my new professional goal, and it is not the responsibility of my friends to support that if they do not want to. I am glad that so many of them followed me over to my writing fan page on facebook, but I am no longer forcing it on people who don't want to follow where I go. Thank God for blogging!!!

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  4. I definitely feel the same way! Right after I had my daughter my job moved to a home office and I lost that office interaction with everyone daily. At first, I loved it! But after, it got old and I had to find new ways to interact during the day. It would be lunch time and I'm sad because no one called or dropped by to say lets go to lunch?! No, I'm a SAHM mom trying to figure out that next chapter after losing a job. I love the blogging community and I've met a lot of great people and I hope to continue these blogging friendships! Hopefully, one day meet face to face at a blogging conference.

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  5. Blogging and the blog world is still new to me, but what an amazing community it is! It is so nice to see how caring and insightful our blog friends are! What a great post TV! Thank you for always being such a great bloggy pal!

    Mama Hen

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  6. Agreed, and I love what Planet Pink said. You find your niche, you automatically connect with hundreds & thousands who are passionate in the same things you are. I love my friends; however I have parenting goals and business aspirations they may not understand because they're at a different stage in their lives.

    I'm brand new to the blogging world, I'm loving the connection here but definitely also working on balancing time with everything else! Great post, TV! You have such a way with deep questions, I enjoy thinking along with you.

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  7. I wanted to ask you...what did you do professionally, prior to being a SAHM? And if you're comfortable sharing, how did you make the decision to stay at home with KLV?

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  8. Hhhmmm, I dunno. I agree that the blogging community is full of supportive people. However, I still have that expectation that the people I support in my daily life should want to support me in my endeavors as well. Do they have to love my blog? No, they can hate it but I still would hope that they'd give me the same support I give them in whatever they do.

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  9. I love being able to talk to my blogging buddies when I have a problem or question.

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  10. The blogging world is such a great community that I never knew I would meet!

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  11. Hi there! I'm coming over from the link at the VBA group. I am really liking what I've read so far. :) Nice to *meet* you.
    I can say - I've only been blogging for a few months and I feel like I've made more 'friends' than I had in high school. Actually most of my friends I keep in touch with over the computer anyways - because I've moved so many times. I have a couple IRL friends where I am no - but thats it.
    Look forward to reading more and working with you on the VBA's. :)

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