I’m Not Chicken Anymore
There are many, many reasons that I love living in North Dakota.
I love the clean air. I love the people. I love the fresh produce that I can buy so easily at the farmer’s markets. I love the education my children are receiving. I love that my sons are on a first name basis with our Lieutenant Governor. I love the wide open spaces.
Do you know what else I love about North Dakota? We have some of the best bloggers and social media experts in the world! I kid you not. Some days it feels like, distancewise, we live on the moon here. But, according to the Twitterverse, we are only 140 characters apart at any time.
North Dakota boasts an active blogging community, where bloggers actually get together, share ideas, knowledge and encouragement. We help each other rather than compete against each other. It is just the North Dakota way. Do we all agree with each other all of the time? Probably not. Do we all share the same religious and social and political ideologies? Nope. And yet, we can all communicate respectfully and still “like” each other at the end of the day.
So, this brings me to one of my bloggy friends, Katie. Katie and I met through Twitter. (@KatPinke) I found her because she uses hash tags better than I do, so her #NorthDakota posts were hard to miss. And then, because she lives, breathes and loves agriculture, she taught me to appreciate all that these amber waves in North Dakota have to offer. We love to sit and chat about family, and balance, and social media. We almost never discuss politics or religion, which is kind of funny, considering that I am married to a pastor and she works for the State of North Dakota! I guess you could say, in the words of my friend Joy, we have been Switzerland.
Switzerland is a nice place, very neutral, but it is really not where either of us belong.
We are women. We have voices. We may reside in the minority of the blogosphere, but as we discussed today, amidst my children clamoring for lunch, we are no longer silent.
Katie just attended #BlogHer12, in New York City. She shared a room with Aimee Whetstine of EveryDay Epistle. Right before BlogHer, Amy had a post syndicated on BlogHer (yay, right?). That is totally great, except the blogosphere got ugly. Super ugly. Apparently my sweet hubby saw the post before I did, jumped into the fray (he had Aimee’s back) and saw the ugly side of blog censorship as the editors at Blogher deleted several of his comments.(note:this weekend is the first time I had ever heard of Aimee, though now, I look forward to hopefully someday meeting and chatting with her in person, I think we’d totally get along!)
But, Aimee is a strong woman, with a firm backbone and will not succumb to bullies!
What this all brings me to is that, if this is to be truly MY space, my blog, it needs to contain MY opinions. Even if those opinions are not shared by all of my readers, or my fellow bloggers, or even, sometimes, my family.
I’ve had my opinionated outlets for a while, you can see how I feel about breastfeeding and natural birth at NaturallyBorn. Want to see what I think about faith? Check out Holy Cross, But this blog, this space, is going to be more me than ever before. because if I can’t be ME here, then I can’t be ME anywhere.
Care to join me? Let’s go!