Please bear with me, but I feel it necessary to write this post.
I started this blog with one goal in mind; to share my experiences in my transition from working a traditional job to being a work at home mom. I remembered what it was like having to leave my kids when they were so very young in daycare while I went to work. I vowed that if I were ever was fortunate enough to find an alternative, I would share what I learned with others.
With the evolution of the internet and the ability to set up a blog, I now get to virtually fulfill my goal. No Job for Mom is all about sharing, motivating and helping like minded individuals to achieve their work from home goals.
The Good and the Bad…
Along the way I knew there would be setbacks, frustrations and naysayers. I learned to take everything in stride. The serenity prayer is at my right hand. When I find that I’m getting a bit frustrated with things I pull it out and wonder if the situation is something I can change or not. If I can, then I do the best I can to change it. If I can’t, then I look for a workaround or alternative.
Recent comments on the Open Post for Demand Studio Editors made me think twice about which comments to approve and which ones to reject (I’ve since removed a comment or two). I know for a fact that I have a group of articulate writers that read this blog. I also have a great bunch of readers who have contributed valuable information. After all, it takes a village to raise a blog, and I thank all of my fellow villagers. Your comments and support are inspiring.
I am asking, however, that going forward we refrain from validating ourselves at the expense of others. Until we walk a mile in the other person’s shoes, we should think twice about judging him. This blog is read by writers of varying writing levels. As far as I’m concerned even after two and a half years of online writing, I still feel like a beginner. There’s something new to learn every day.
Required Education to Become a Writer
Honestly, no matter how many degrees one has or does not have has little bearing on how well one writes. I’ve read articles written by individuals with PhD’s and have wondered how on earth they got as far in life as they did. I’ve also read articles from high school students that would put some ‘professional’ writers to shame.
After attending college, my true education began when I entered the School of Hard Knocks. Everything I’ve learned in the real world has helped me to become a better writer. The School of Hard Knocks taught me that writers should be invisible. The reader should be so engaged with the subject matter that they shouldn’t have to think about how it’s written.
A good writer should be able to take extremely complicated subjects and write about them in an easy to read, easy to understand fashion. That only happens when the writer takes herself out of the equation. In my eyes, the purpose of writing isn’t to impress everyone with linguistic gymnastics, but rather to provide an enjoyable reading experience from which the reader walks away a little more knowledgeable and with just a little hunger for more of what I’ve written about.
Now that I’ve shared my philosophy on writing, I encourage debate and differences of opinion here at NJFM. I just ask that we refrain from making a point at the expense of others. After all, we’re all writers here; I know we can come up with more creative ways to express opinions.