Firstly, I have received lots of praise and encouragement (from parents and non-parents alike) for my writing's transparency while simultaneously receiving backlash from family members who think I expose too much "intimate information" in posts like the one about my son being bi-ethnic. Secondly, I have learned how to use Twitter and Facebook to get to know other awesome MOMMY BLOGGERS and to consistently reach a wider audience. Thirdly, and most importantly, I have a growing readership, and I feel like I am finally back on the path that will lead me to achieving a writing career.
4.I READ Tina Fey's memoir Bossypants on my mom's Kindle. Her book made me laugh, cry and nod my head in agreement; and it made me realize that I can write memoir pieces too (in what would be a book's chapter form except as posts on a blog). Why the hell not?
3. I HAD A CONVERSATION, or rather many conversations. Writer friends are some of the most inspiring friends a writer can have. My best friend and a phenomenal writer, Naima Coster, often encourages me to "Write. Even if it's just a paragraph." The consistent support of these friends (and my non-writer friends' too!) as well as their belief in me is a godsend when I feel like giving up. It was the day after I had a conversation with writer friend, M, in which he reminded me, "Your voice matters. God didn't give you a talent to write so you can bury it in the ground," that I created this website. All those conversations finally took root!
2. I MISSED WRITING. When I learned I was pregnant, I stopped blogging at The Song of These Streets. I am not sure exactly why, but I think I felt like my life was over. I WAS HAVING A BABY! AT 23 YEARS OLD! Thankfully, I did not stop writing completely. All throughout my pregnancy, I wrote letters (in those phenomenal Moleskines I could keep easily in my purse) to Little Star - my nickname for Equis while he was in the womb. In these letters, I detailed my love and hopes for him, my fears of and excitement for motherhood, and the physical joys and tribulations of carrying a child. I wanted to share these thoughts and stories with others. Starting a MOM Blog seemed like the perfect way to continue keeping a record of my life and feelings as a mother and sharing them with others.
1. I LOVE TO WRITE, and I BELIEVE IN ITS POWER. In the preface of Chayil, my poetry manuscript and senior project at Barnard College, I wrote words that continue to express how I feel about the importance of writing to me and to society as a whole:
Through my writing, I desire to achieve the following: raise awareness of contemporary social issues; reclaim language in order to combat gender inequities, racial and socioeconomic injustice, and the negative propaganda of established institutions; encourage others to empower themselves through art; and represent myself, express who I am.
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