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Encouraging Heroes. You can be one too.

I’ve been thinking. A lot. I don’t know if I mentioned that I was going to SOBCon09 this past weekend. Do you remember that from last year? SOBCon is a blogging conference; it’s the brainchild of Liz Strauss and Terry Starbucker and this was the 3rd year it has been held. The theme this year was the ROI of Relationship. I learned a lot, so yay me!

It may not be true for everyone, but one effect of a conference is some serious self-evaluation. Am I happy with how this blog is going? Am I doing the best I can with it? And so on.

If you spend any time reading the How to be a Good Blogger articles around the ‘Net, you’ll get all manner of conflicting advice. Seriously. It can really drive a person nuts. The key is to choose someone you trust and stick with their advice. I tried to incorporate the wisdom of too many people and as a result I’ve been less than pleased with how things are going for a while now.

No, I don’t think I’m a bad blogger, but a conversation with Lorelle on Saturday really got my attention. The short version: I have been holding back for a while now. I got it into my head that I could only write parenting things here-which does make sense given the blog’s name. But that’s not all of me.

The truth is I’m a parent who home schools. I’m a Christian. I love to organize things. Time spent with my sewing machine is always a good thing. I’m trying to improve my cooking, my housekeeping, and my walk with Christ. It’s silly to feel like I can’t write about all of those things on my own blog.

So! From here on out, more stuff from Amy. It won’t all be focused so tightly on the topic of parenting, but really isn’t all of that tied in together anyhow? Perhaps this makes me a “mommy blogger”. I don’t know. I am somewhat ambivalent about that label. Heck, I’m ambivalent about most labels.

Where was I? Oh yeah. Planning to share more thoughts across a wider spectrum. Have I mentioned that I’m easily distracted? Oh look!! A butterfly!

Hope you don’t get sick of me. 😉

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