Friday, March 15, 2013
When I returned to blogging at the end of last summer I felt drawn to the creative process of writing for a variety of reasons, but mainly because I wanted to improve my writing. I knew in order to do that consistency was essential. Along the way I also believed that creating an online presence meant I would be responsible for creating a community too — fostering something larger than my simple stories. For new readers or those unfamiliar with the dynamics of virtual communities, it might seem strange to worry about community and content simultaneously. I mean why bother? Apart from a handful of readers (Hi, mom), I don't even know who reads this blog. What I do know, however, is that a weekly series was one way to ground myself; to post on a consistent basis and develop a community.
My first Friday Favorites post was never intended to turn into a weekly series. (Honestly, that felt like a HUGE commitment. I was, after all, just returning to writing and going through a lot of life changes at the same time.) But soon things started to shift. Ideas started to percolate and people became engaged. Because I wanted to remain authentic and avoid devolving into an O Magazine Oprah-on-the-cover-every-month situation, I started asking friends to contribute to the series. Most of these individuals already maintained beautiful blogs of their own, which meant they were familiar with the format, however prior experience was not necessary. What I love most about engaging others in this effort has been the variety of topics people write about. They draw on their experience and generously share tips and favorite interests. While I do not know where this series will go, or what the future holds, for now I am grateful that it has taken the shape of my original intentions.
Have an idea for Friday Favorites? Let me know in the comments section.
If you're interested in reading past posts, take a look at these. Enjoy!
Friday Favorites .27- Podcasts
Friday Favorites .26- Baby Love by Julie
Friday Favorites .25- Dream Travel by Christy
Friday Favorites .24- Movies
Friday Favorites .23- Party Planning by Nikki
Friday Favorites .22- Cleaning Products
Friday Favorites .21- Soup by Abby
Friday Favorites .20- Affordable Art
Friday Favorites .19- Home Design by Gail
Friday Favorites .18- Young Adult Books
Friday Favorites .17- Chemo by Suzette
Friday Favorites .16- Christmas Hymns
Friday Favorites .15- Cookies by Elaine
Friday Favorites .14- Children's Christmas Books
Friday Favorites .13- Trader Joe's
Friday Favorites .12- Link Love
Friday Favorites .11- Talking to Kids by Jocelyn
Friday Favorites .10- Kitchen Essentials
Friday Favorites .09- Music, Museums, & Photography by Katie
Friday Favorites .08- Travel Tips
Friday Favorites .07- Musical Theatre
Friday Favorites .06- Children's Books
Friday Favorites .05- Makeup, Music & More by Lucy
Friday Favorites .04- 5 Senses by Amy
Friday Favorites .03- Autumn
Friday Favorites .02- House Hunting
Friday Favorites .01- Board Games