Happy New Year! If you’ve had it wished you several times already then good. You can never really say it enough. The beginning of a new year is a time of hope and expectation for us all. The New Year is also a time to review commitments and set new goals. Don’t forget to set yours especially if one of them is to contribute to a childfreeblog!
There are two main things I want to do in this post. First, an update on Like It Is.
I’m quite pleased at how successful Like It Is has become as a place to discuss observations, experiences and life in general when it comes to being Childfree. While staying true to being my personal thoughts and opinions on any topic that catches my attention – and some that are brought to my attention – with readers comments it’s become more than just one person’s view of things.The comments, conversations and different perspectives contributed here all combine to prove that we are all different, but we are united by one thing. That we are childfree by choice and we’re happy about it. As others have found us they’ve been impressed by the range of topics, the depth and the quality of the childfree discussion to be found here. Well done everyone.
When I started Like Is I was able to post about three times a week. With working full time, that has always been a challenge. This year I am taking on some new exciting new commitments (which I may reveal at a later date) that are going to impact my blogging frequency. So, my commitment will be to post once a week – more if I am able to. I’ll still be reading and responding to your comments. And of course, if you find any stories, links etc about childfree issues (including your own) that you think I’d be interested in, please continue to email these to me.
When it comes to the childfree voice being heard there’s still a lot more to be done. In fact, we haven’t even started.
Which brings me to my second point.
Childfree blogs. Why are we here? Why Like It Is? As far as this blog goes it’s a place to share as childfree people. While as humans we share many commonalities, as childfree men and women we are united by the fact that we have made a choice not to have children. We are not parents in waiting, and we are not childless. Often times finding a comfortable, accepted place in our child-centred society is difficult because other’s make it difficult, never giving up trying to convince us we’ve chosen wrongly. It’s rare that we can share our feelings freely in our daily life, and instead we find ourselves silently putting up with overriding sentiment – that everyone is parent, or, if they are not, they want to be.
On-line it is a different story. This childfree blog is a place for childfree people to share stories, thoughts and experiences, get encouragement or vent and let off steam if they feel like doing so. Without having to worry about whether parents get offended or not. That’s why we’re here. It’s not a place to be overly polite (or overly rude for that matter) neither is it a place to be strait-jacketed to make the conversation suitable for all. I don’t believe in being all things to all people. That is a recipe for disaster. Your either annoy your core audience and you’ll never please your non-core – who nevertheless will always seek for you to do so.
I’ve always said parents are welcome here as long as they understand that this is a childfree blog, not a parent blog. While many childfree people have parent friends, it’s a rarity for it to be the other way around. Hopefully that will change and maybe reading blogs like this can help with that, but it isn’t the prime purpose of Like It Is. Anyone visiting here to pontificate about how selfish and immature we are, (or similar crap) or to tell us how sublimely happy they are looking for ways to have more children and how we are missing out – is going to be sent away with a flea in their ear. That stuff belongs on mommy blogs. Keep it there.
Here’s to another year of childfree blogging, childfree blogs, childfree conversation and our voice.
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