I tricked her into blogging….

I can’t believe it has been a year and half since I tricked my mom into starting a blog.  When I started a blog, my mom was my best fan and she would talk about the writing she used to do.  So I asked her to write about how my parents came to live in their present home which they call Otterlanding, and then I created a blog by the same name and posted the entry. I showed my mom “her blog”   and challenged her to write once a week so I could post it to the Two Writing Teachers Tuesday Slice of Life.

She’s been blogging once a week ever since.  At first she was in a quandary about what to write each week; “My life isn’t very exciting, I do the same things week after week.”  I encouraged her to write about her projects, her thinking, her perspective.

When she started getting comments, Mom became worried about how to keep her entries interesting.  I told her that comments were “dessert,” nice but not necessary.  I encouraged her to write for herself, for her family and friends.

Mom writes about little things she saw or did or overheard and the thoughts and memories triggered by those events.  In the first few months of her blogging, I had to edit quite a bit.  She mistyped words; her sentence structure was sometimes confusing.  But now, she has found her voice and writing every week has improved her typing.  I don’t edit much at all except as an administrator of her blog – that is expertise she doesn’t want to take on.  She’s realized that photos add more to her story and will post them on her Picasa site for me to download.

When we get together for our usual Saturday lunches together, Mom will talk about her upcoming slice idea.  She usually has a few “in the pipeline.”  If she is struggling for an idea, sometimes our chats together will foster an idea.  Usually I get an email on Sunday with her entry.  It has been a fun connection for us, (as though we needed another one,) and it has been especially wonderful for my siblings who live farther away.

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10 responses to “I tricked her into blogging….

  • D_Andre (@D_Andre)

    You are so fortunate to have your mom sharing her world with you. The “small moments” she records are special keepsakes for all of you. What a wonderful way to connect to one another!

    I lost my mom when I was in my twenties but still have her letters. It was before blogs and she would write about her week, what she was doing or saw. Special memories I hold close to my heart.

  • Linda Baie

    Thanks for telling me your name, Amelia! I love your mother’s blog & your other blog, too. This is an interesting journey isn’t it? Your idea to get your mother writing is such a lovely one. All her stories are now recorded so beautifully. Just like with my students, the more one writes, the better it gets! Happy slicing to you both! (I envy you your time with your mom. It’s such a gift to be together.)

  • fireflytrails

    There are so many good things about this slice – I love that you have encouraged your mom to find her voice. My favorite part is that the comments are the dessert – that you have to write for yourself. A good lesson for others besides your mom – including me. I know you love seeing her grow as a writer. What a fun thing to share!

  • Chris

    I think your encouragement was great and now your mom is leaving a legacy of her writing. I like the idea that comments are like dessert – so true!

  • Judy C.

    You are a lot like my daughter, but I wouldn’t say she tricked me – it was just between the two of us to begin with and with much encouragement I took the challenge. So here is to our daughters – thanks for you continued encouragement.

  • Betsy

    I love that you are sharing this with your mom. What a great way to bond. Now I just need to figure out a way to do the same thing! It is amazing how healing writing can be and what a freedom it brings…having something to say.

  • elsie

    I think it is great the writing that your mom had done. Who knew you “tricked” her into it. What a great collection you have. How do you keep up with so many blogs? You amaze me!

  • Tam

    Can’t get anymore special than blogging along with your mom. Plus, you have valuable family stories which are being recorded. Continue to enjoy.

  • pamelahodges

    How sweet to be doing this with your mom. And how special that you get to spend time together. My mom is miles away and I haven’t seen her in over two years.

  • Juliann

    And it has been fun watching her get comfortable with her blog too!

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