How it all started
Our first Connect Shore post went live on May 28th, 2012, but the journey really began a few months prior to that with a crazy idea. I had always loved to write, but I was finding it hard to motivate myself to put fingers to keyboard. I thought that if I could be part of a writing group or a collaborative blog, the camaraderie (read: peer pressure) would provide the extra incentive I needed.
Here’s the Facebook message that started it all:
I was surprised at how eagerly Beth and Madelene embraced the idea. We got right to work. Over banana bread and coffee at Gulu Gulu, we tossed around some ideas and settled on a concept. We would choose a different theme each month, and let our writings be guided by that overarching concept.
The first month was “Age,” and we wrote about topics as diverse as aged cheese, how birthdays are celebrated in Uganda, Sartre’s “Age of Reason,” and personal reflections on becoming an adult and shepherding a child through their first year. We followed with archeology, beauty, believe, disguise, family, giving, and so on…
I was afraid that the enthusiasm would fade over the next twelve months, but we stuck with it. If anything, our dedication has strengthened. Once a month, we scheduled a Friday dinner to brainstorm ideas on future posts. Our husbands kindly corralled and entertained the toddlers in the living room while we bloggers discussed potential posts. These meetings quickly became the core of the group. It gave us an excuse to get together, have real and meaningful conversation, and get to know one another better.
We posted a lot. 146 times to be exact. We’ve learned some things and had a lot of fun.
Stay tuned for the next post where we chronicle the insights we’ve gained from a year of blogging.