This blog began as a diary to track and share my adventures online as a newbie amazed to find another universe in my keyboard. I tumbled like Alice, headlong, for weekends and days at a time, clicking and exploring. I felt reborn, and eager to find people who would understand this passion and teach me more. It was as though I had unearthed a party with a kabillion people, all speaking a language I'd never heard of. And once I learned a word or two, I couldn't stop wanting to know more, and party on.
At first, I blogged with authentic, wide-eyed wonder. I wanted to tell everyone about virtual worlds, niche social networks and new words like crowdsourcing or captcha. I've been to 2 BlogHer conferences now, and those magical women taught me how to be considered for paid posts by national brands. Proud to say that the Goddess has snared a respectable few.
If you blog, you know that it's more than a notion. "Daily" is a butt-kickin' regimen. Blogging well at any schedule is a major commitment of time. The task of generating interesting, informative content over and over again can get old fast. The stress of RESPONSIBILITY rests on your shoulders, all the time.
And yet, I now have a second blog to love: The NotMom.com.
All because I confided to creative geeks at South by Southwest that I "couldn't find myself online." My new blog recognizes the unique perspectives of women who are childless by choice or by chance, a rare sight (or site) in the vastness of cyberspace. Obviously, it's a much more personal blog, with infrequent connection to the communications topics covered by the Goddess, or my professional work.
This year, I started to see opportunities to redesign The NotMom.com with added capacity for interactivity and community. And then, in late February it was selected as a Top Ten Finalist in a regional business development program for women entrepreneurs. A nine-week
curriculum is designed to produce strong business plans, and stronger businesswomen. One finalist will receive a $25,000 low-interest loan. Suddenly, I'm not just expanding a blog; I'm opening a new business! It's a helluva ride, but too big for two disparate blogs.
I thought I'd cry at the thought of suspending Communications Goddess, but I didn't, perhaps because I know it can't really go away. I get far too much pleasure from observing the new ways we're communicating with each other and writing about it. I have to tell somebody about all the chill tools I find online, and frankly, HubbyMine is tired of hearing it.
Please keep in touch on Facebook, dear Readers, because what I'm trying to say is, farewell. For now.