Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #78 – hosted by PatAndCandy.com!
I recently took the advice of Theresa Cennicola’s article “Top Resources for WAHM” and checked out Rand Fishkin’s (CEO of Moz) video: “How to Provide Unique Value in Your Content.” Excellent material, but one statement he made especially stuck in my head.
“There’s no prize for hitting publish.” (“Hitting publish” launches a post or article to cyberspace…the world-wide-web.)
He made the comment, of course, in reference to writing-for/as-income, meaning, just because you blog/write doesn’t mean you’ll earn money with it. People see and know when you’re publishing junk (most of the time), so you need to be creating quality content. I agree, of course, about the quality content concept, but the “prize = money” idea just wasn’t sitting well with me for some reason. And the phrase has just been rolling around in my head like the tune of an insipid pop tune you just can’t stand!
I write, of course. I love to write. OK, it might even be said I’m addicted to writing! After 28 years of raising kids and 20 of homeschooling, I started to write as an outlet to share the activities we did and the lessons I’ve learned over time.
But it hasn’t stopped there…
I think of things to write about wherever I go, wherever I am, whatever I’m doing. I love the whole writing/blogging process: coming up with topics, the research, the outlining, the putting words together, the editing, the sharing, the reading comments from those who have been touched by the posts I’ve created; the words I’ve cobbled together.
Every time I hit publish, I win a prize.
I experience the same elation I felt when I crossed the finish line for my first 5k. The same sense of completion I felt when I birthed each of my 5 children. The same pride I felt when I won spelling bees as a young student. The same sense of accomplishment I felt when I made the Dean’s List or graduated from college.
Priceless feelings…a prize awarded from the investment of soul and sweat.
“No prize for hitting publish?”
Guess it depends on your definition of “prize.”
Now, on to this week’s features:
It was really, REALLY hard to narrow down my favs this week! I had the opportunity of visiting almost every post, and by the end of yesterday, the kids were giving me a hard time with all the tabs I had open :-/ (smart-alecks!)
The best I could do was narrow it down to 5:
If You Give a Mom the Flu – Amanda at The Fundamental Home did a really sweet take on the sweet and funny children’s book!
Real Life Freezer Cooking for Moms – Apparently, Kyle at Aspired Living and I have had the same frustrating experiences trying out freezer cooking in the past! However, she found a solution 😉
You know we write quite a bit about gratitude on PatAndCandy! So Kathryn at Heaven is Smiling Above caught my eye and heart with 7 Unusual Ways I Know How to Be Grateful
Beth just started Loving Learning Freely, and I first met up her doing her free Martin Luther King Online Unit Study this past month. Please stop by and show her new blog some love! (And please let her know you found her here when you read What Homeschoolers Don’t Know (and What They Need!) )
And last but certainly not least, Erin at Stay at Home Yogi shared 10 Things I Want to Teach My Sons. I couldn’t have said it better myself 😉
Thank you so much for your inspiration and timely words, ladies!
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