Wow, that went fast! Tomorrow marks the 1-year-anniversary of The Daily Grind and I have to say, I am grateful to be writing this post. What began as an outlet for the thoughts, opinions, and rants and raves of a mom, newly operating a home-based business, has slowly but surely grown into a well-read and (I like to think) purposeful journal, if not a place for my readers to spend a few minutes a day learning, laughing, disagreeing (or agreeing), or wasting time.
I want to say thank you. Thank you to my readers who were with me that fateful day that I chopped off my hair to donate to Locks of Love. So many of you tolerated me as I rationalized that my daughter's bad sleep habits would work itself out (um...), and gave me a shoulder when I needed to vent about the passive-aggressive being I turned into around the family nanny.
As the year progressed, I wrote about "date night", and the humorous flutter of activity associated with an evening out. Soon, I was taking my first business trip out of town and you supported me as I spent my first night away from Baby. Ironically, a few days later, I shared a personal moment with my readers as my daughter took her first steps during that first trip away from home. Figures.
Finally in October, Baby #2 arrived and I revealed my early sentiments on what it was like to bring home a new baby, again. I'm thrilled to say that we have grown into a cohesive family over the last 6-months and I am blessed to have such inspiring children.
With baby #2 brought more responsibilities and less "me" time, which moved me to rant about the fact that I just don't get in enough girl time. I still suffer from this and am certain I'm not alone in it.
You not only read as I expressed my frustration about new sleep troubles, but you seemed to double in number! I wondered who was reading and staying so quiet but still I was grateful. It was then that I thought I could maybe contribute something to my fellow work-at-home-mom network and so was born my first ever product review! I'm itching to do more so if you have a product you'd like to see reviewed, email me!!
At the start of April, I joined social-media site Twitter, and feel that this particular event represented a turning point for me. Since then, I have been lucky enough to "meet" and connect with the most intelligent and motivated group of blogging, business owning, web designing and child-rearing women (to name a few). I am humbled by their intense commitment to the sub-culture of online "life" and am excited to have been welcomed into it. I had no idea there existed so many people just like me!! They have become a forum for bouncing around ideas, sharing relevant information and even just my random thoughts, boring as they may be. So Twitter followers/follow"ees", big shout out!
Recently, the topic of BPA in plastics has been a huge source of content for me. This hot button represents to me exactly what this blog is good for. The Daily Grind has allowed me to reach hundreds of moms, dads, and just people in general and discuss the potential toxins that we have been bringing into our homes. The best part is that I've learned so much from you, my readers, as well.
You are coming out of the woodwork. After a year of being part of this online sea of bloggers, you are finding me and reading my words and offering your counter-words and I love it. You are getting me to think harder, work harder and write harder. As a trained journalist (yup - educated 'n all!), I'm geared up to persevere. But as a mom just trying to keep her head on straight and get her thoughts out there, I'm grateful.
Thanks for a great year. Looking forward to getting to know each other even better in the next while. :)