Today in celebration of the publication of Tara Frey’s book, Blogging For Bliss, Artsty Mama is hosting a blog party. We are posting why we blog, how we came to blog, or why we dare to blog. So here’s my take…
I’ve always loved to write. It helps me organize my thoughts and it’s a way for me to be creative without breaking out the messy oil paints (dormant closet artist that I am). I aspire one day to write a book but I am a master procrastinator in some areas (like this one) so that dream hasn’t solidified… yet. It was sort of the same for blogging. I wanted to try it. Dabbled in the blogosphere but fell short. I felt I needed a purpose to blog. A direction… I didn’t have.
In October 2008, I read about and began blogging for the 31-for-21 challenge — blog all about Down syndrome every day for the 31 days of October in honor of Down Syndrome Awareness month. I took the challenge because I have some experience living with Down syndrome — I have 4-year-old identical twin boys who happen to have that extra 21st chromosome. And, I wanted to share my very positive experience and help others see the lighter side of life with Down syndrome. So, that’s how I started… and I’ve been blogging since.
Oddly, though, even as I started typing my very first 31-for-21 post, I explained to no one in particular (not having any readers or even an intended audience) that my blogging would not always be about Down syndrome… Though I will always carry the DS awareness torch with pride and honor, I chose back then to blog about things in my life that bring me happiness. Yes, my children — two of whom have Down syndrome bring me tons of happiness… and just as much love and laughter. I blog about my pursuit of happiness because I’ve come to realize that sometimes life is hard… and it’s too easy to overlook all the good things I’ve got going on! After stumbling upon Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project, I realized I needed a happiness project of my own… to keep me walking on the happy side of life. My blog was born.
And, I’m happy to report that it’s working for me. I blog because it makes me happy! And, hopefully, it’s helped even just one person get through their day… whether that day is touched by an angel with Down syndrome or not! Every one benefits when you Take A Walk On The Happy Side of Life!