One of the great things about weblogs, apart from practising the art of writing, is the interactivity gained from an audience. I’m not saying, by any means, that I have a large audience but I can say I have a regular readership of at least one person.
Joy has the right name as she is an absolute Joy to have as a reader of my blog because she gives me some great comments, inevitably to do with my posts about parenting. Joy has had considerable experience in parenting with four children of her own so when she says things like,
‘…so don’t feel guilty about taking those extra moments in the mornings…you need them when you can get them.’
‘If you continue to do things right, he never WILL be embarrassed…and all those wonderfully sweet moments will go on forever. You sound like that kind of mom.’
it makes me feel really good and makes me feel that maybe I’m doing okay at this parenting thing.
As well as leaving comments on each others blogs we have quick off-blog emails to each other. In one of these I impulsively asked Joy if she could be my internet mum. She said,
‘Yep, I’ll be your internet Mum. You
already fit into the family with your "J" name. (Joel, Joy, Jenna, Julie, Jory,
Joe and Jen!)’
and she even used the Australian spelling, not that I would have minded if she didn’t (I just notice these things).
I wish I had found blogging when I was a new mum. I think it would have helped enormously to write about being a single parent of a young baby, and read other blogs about having new babies as that was my sole focus at the time. Better late than never I guess.