My sister's writing has always triggered the response from me that two of my writer friends lavished on me years ago when they were encouraging me to start a blog. It was a great day for my ego, and one that ultimately pushed me over the line between She Who Does Not Blog to full on Blogging Addict. Joy's undergraduate degree is also in English and I've always thought she had a particular way with words. Then when she had a baby and he turned out to be One Seriously Delightful Chap, her stories took on a new freshness. As Mr. Pie grew, the stories got more colorful. What Will My Nephew Come Up With Next???
So I pushed her, it must be admitted. "OH you need to have a blog!" I'd rave, every time she'd tell another story featuring my nephew's delightful antics. To which the most consistent response was, "And when, pray tell, do you presume that I would have time to do that?" I pushed a little more: "Well I'd design it for you, and all you'd have to do, basically, is write the blog posts. Which could take the place of your having to write the "Pie stories" in email for friends or family members. And that baby book you say you never have time to update? You wouldn't have to worry about it anymore! Just sit down and write down the stories on your blog and voila! You have a great archive of your child's life - it's a slightly more modern way!"
And so Batutah.com was born. We've developed it in the fringes of All The Other Trillions Of Things We Each Have Going On, and it's "got a ways to go," as people sometime say. Nevertheless, the bones are there, and the fun little frog that Mr. Pie picked out. Pointing to the screen where sis and I were choosing between photos of One Of His Favorite Animals Ever, his finger clearly directed our eyes to one in particular. "That Rami's frog?" he queried. I turned him away from the screen and rearranged the placement of the photos. "Now which one do you like?" "That one!" He pointed to the same frog. The one that now graces the masthead of my sister's new mommy blog.
Of course she's bit off quite a lot, since as soon as she became solidly committed to the idea of a blog, I started in on the pressure to add just one little twitter account. To which her initial response was: "I don't even know if I have time to do a blog, let alone this twitter nonsense!" Oh what a grand difference a month makes!!! You can follow batutah here on twitter!
So even if you're not the Mommy Blog Reading Type, maybe you know somebody else who could be? Help spread the word! Who knows? One day Batutah.com just might join the ranks of other Mommy Blogs that are factoring into the work-from-home goals of those who write about their parenting lessons online! Imagine, "Professional Blogger" as your title, alongside "Work From Home Mom." It's happened before!