101st Post: Storyteller…Wait, Did I miss something?

I’ve been blogging off and on for years, but I decided that I wanted to make writing something I did as part of my everyday life. I’m not always inspired to write on my longer works and I really do prefer to do my longer writing when I won’t be bothered, in the quiet of space that allows my mind to run freely.

Image by Kelly Bikurgurl

Not always easy when you’re a homeschooling mama, or let’s face it, parent or adult. There is always something else to be done, always a mess to be cleaned, an errand to run.

Why do I find it so difficult to slow down and take some time for me

Enter this blog.

I’ve made it a priority to write daily on this blog, even if the longer writing doesn’t happen. It’s a forcing function for me, to get something published daily. To be a writer, I thought, would be awesome.

But here’s the thing: I’d rather be a storyteller.

I’ve been so encouraged by the broad swath of bloggers I’ve connected with on-line, shared Flash Fiction with, reading through what they do, how they do it. Looking past labels, are you a blogger? Writer? Everything seems to fall into nice little categories if we have the label, but here’s the thing:

labels are deceptive

A label can make you part of a group, or exclude you. You can be one of the gang if you *are* this, but may not be a good fit if you *aren’t* that. You can’t be a blogger and a writer. You can’t be authentic if you have the ulterior motive of {gasp} wanting to be read, you *should* write what you want. You can’t be patient and be a homeschool mother. You can’t write creatively and want to inform.

Why not?

Is this what society is telling us? Is it the rambling in my mind? Who’s keeping me, us, from just putting it all out there? Why can’t we veer and delve into different topics without feeling like we’re too outside the proverbial box? Do we have to be so precise in our marketing of ourselves, our talents, our strengths – thereby presenting a false image of who we are – warts and all – with our weaknesses to not be touched?


The blogging/writing community that I’m finding on-line is anything but judgmental. This community of writers, authors, bloggers, storytellers — you guys are great. You’re thoughtful, cheerful, supportive, and giving of yourselves and your talents.

And I thank you for your kind words, your thoughts, and your support.

When I published my post yesterday, WordPress was kind enough to *congratulate* me on my 100th post. Wow. I didn’t realize I had written so many posts. It felt good to reach the milestone, to have written about a variety of different things in my mind, in my life, to get to that point. I’ve tried to be true to myself, authentic in my presentation, while educating myself on the blogging process, the writing process, and how I will continue to challenge myself and continue writing both on-line and IRL.

I have much to learn, but I’m building a community in which I think I can be supported in my journey.

So thank you to all of you – other bloggers, writers, storytellers, followers, and the like who are here.

For me personally, having passed the 1 year anniversary of my surgical removal of ovarian cancer – it’s been a game-changer. I’ve learned so much about myself, who my friends are, those who are always in my corner – those people who wanted to be there for me IRL, those who just couldn’t, those who stepped up and supported me and my family during my uncertainty.

I thank you all for all you have given me, taught me, and encouraged me. I feel blessed everyday to have the day ahead of me and am looking forward to many more tomorrows. I appreciate the grace you’ve given me, and embrace the grace I’ve given myself, as I begin this year anew. The year of Quality for our family as we focus on what really matters.

As for the image – one of the many scenes I see play out through the day in my world. Also, posted on Instagram a few weeks ago {I’m not active there yet, but I’m a work in progress!}. I find that I’m drawn to blog posts that are short {this one is not!} and have pretty images. I was thinking it was perfect – black and white, up against a wall, but all in fun with my children. Family is where my heart is – and I am so grateful for their support in my pursuit of being maybe not a writer, but a storyteller.


19 thoughts on “101st Post: Storyteller…Wait, Did I miss something?

    1. Thanks! It’s the labeling that’s tricky since individuals have their own preconceived notions of what particular words are, what they mean, what they reveal — which may be directly in conflict with the way I see the words, or labels. Dicey. Thank you for your kind words 🙂


  1. I sure have appreciated all of your encouraging words here in the blogosphere. I for one do like and embrace the term “writer.” Blogging is some of the writing I do, but by no means is it the sum of or even the most important part of my writing. And sure, there will always be people who define things differently or misunderstand you. I once had someone share a post I wrote, saying she thought it was well-written (which brought it a ton of views), and then went on to gripe about something I said that she took in a way I totally didn’t intend. C’est la vie!
    Best to you with your writing!

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  2. I am delighted to hear that you have been given the all clear from ovarian cancer, A major chapter of change in our lives triggers our need to write and express ourselves, I don’t think we should beat ourselves up about how/when/what/where we write – I too am learning this. i find the blogging community fire me on to write more, I’ve moved away a few times and find I never end up writing without this support network! We’re sociable beings and it’s necessary for us to interact, especially with people who understand how we think and feel. That said, I think its important to do what you feel is good for you and in your own words. Keep on writing, I really enjoy reading your posts!

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    1. Agreed — thank you so much for stopping by! I love your post on labels — you go to the heart of the matter and call them out, one by one, and reject those that don’t fit. It’s rather refreshing to turn it on its tail 🙂

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