How I started

see url Laura wrote today about how she started reading blogs and then blogging herself and I thought I’d do the same.

When I was on maternity leave with Meg, I started to get rather bored spending hours upon hours breastfeeding. I watched a ton of TV (this was when I discovered House!) and read at least 1 book, often 2, a day. When you spend most of your waking hours on the couch with a little baby and that baby is generous enough to give you EXTRA waking hours by refusing to let you sleep, you need a lot of passive entertainment. I started poking around and discovered the (recently defunct) Parenting Post. I liked some of the writers and not so much others. I think there were only 4 at the time and my favorite was Maggie. I read all her Parenting Post stuff, then started reading her archives. When I finished them I was SO sad.

go to link I think I read Lizzie next. Then Arwen. And Maureen (including the Grad Lab stuff!). And Emily. I remember one day I sat at work trying my best not to bawl my eyes out at work while reading about Lucy’s birth (which had happened a couple years earlier).

click In early 2010 Maggie and friends started planning The Blathering – Chicago. I’d been reading blogs for 6 months and really wanted to go meet all these people. I emailed Maggie to ask if a non-blogger could go and she said Of Course! Then I decided what the heck, I’ll just TRY this blogging thing anyway. No pressure. I started blogging in February 2010* and kept it a secret for the first two months. Then I started leaving comments linking to it and in May (June?) signed up for The Blathering. I read the entire archives of every attendee (this is when there were only 20 or so) and got to know several of them through comments and emails. I signed up to stay in the official Blathering Condo. It was wonderful. I couldn’t believe I was hanging out with these people who had huge blogs. Me with my little 9-month-old blog I’m certain no one but Blathering attendees had ever seen. I was incredible how nice everyone was and how fun it was to hang out with strangers.

enter site For the longest time, I refused to add blogs to my reader until I’d read their entire archives. I didn’t stop doing that until last summer when it became clear that, second maternity leave nonwithstanding, I wasn’t going to make it through all the blogs of Blathering 2011 attendees by October. I did read a lot of them – even some of the big ones, like Temerity Jane (which took a couple months!). Reading archives is still one of my favorite things. I have to say, though, the thought of someone reading MY archives makes me want to cringe!

go to link Who was the first blogger you read? How did you find them?

essay writers crossword clue *I just now realized I totally missed my two-year blogging anniversary. Ha!


  1. follow url I love this post! I started out reading adoption blogs of IRL acquaintances. I was (am) super interested in international adoption, and I expanded my reader to include lots of adoption blogs. Then I found Lawyerish through adoption blogs, which led me to Jennie and Jonna and so on and so forth. When I got on Twitter I followed these lovely ladies and then followed their friends, then they became my friends, too! So fun. I love love love blogging and blogs and blog people.

  2. I started reading blogs when we were first thinking about having a baby and was just a lurker forever. I started my own blog when I was pregnant with Kalena (about a year after I started reading) but I mostly still lurked unless I was reading the blog of IRL friends. Arwen and Emily were some of the first ones I read (and I read through all their archives.) I used to read when I had nothing going on at work. And now that you mention it, I missed my blogging anniversary too! 4 years last week.