I didn’t have a blogging community last Christmas.
I had a blog that I poured a ton of words and photos into, but who was reading it? I know some of you out there were reading it, but you didn’t often show yourselves. And that’s ok. And you, Mom, my most ardent supporter. You too, Ruth and Lindsay.
However, as much as I needed that and still do (very much), I needed something more to take this to the next level. My photography business website was being built by very capable hands and I was afraid, so afraid, to lose my words. My voice. My goals. I often joke that I’m a photographer in a writer’s clothing, or a writer disguised as a photographer. The truth is, I am both. The scales may tip with the percentages. I can pour 80% into one thing and 20% into another, but only ever temporarily.
I don’t know that I can be one without the other. I only know that I can never again be neither. Not again.
I discovered SITS during January of this year, and boy what a resolution it came to become – to connect, to learn, to grow, to take blogging to the next level, and the next. There is no highest rung. We are all trying to get to the top, but no one ever throws anyone else to a lower rung. No one falls off the ladder unless they want to climb down gently on their own terms.
At least, not in my world. If you are reading this, chances are you are climbing with me and not despite me or against me.
This blogging community. These blogging communities. The overlapping, ever-expanding circles upon circles of people I find in this blogging world. This has been my secret weapon. When I’m down and out. When I’m scared out of my mind. When I’m anxious to the point of nausea, and nauseous to the point of anxiety. This, you, are my secret weapon. This, you, is where I find comfort, support and encouragement. This is where I feel brave. And capable. It’s indescribable. And I’m thankful for you.
Merry Blogging Christmas to all of you!