Why does someone start a blog? Many begin to promote a person, product, service, or brand. Others start because they allow a person the opportunity to express his/her opinion. Some probably initiate a blog just because it sounds like fun. The beauty of this model of communication is there is no one right reason for everyone.
While there is no precise answer as to why one should start a blog, perhaps there is no more noble reason than one designed to help others. Such is the case with the blog of Melanie Stewart https://leavingthedooropen.com/. That is the primary reason I am nominating Melanie’s blog for the Liebster Award. (Please see the explanation below if you are unfamiliar with this award.)
Melanie’s blog deals with the critical topic of aging parents. People are living longer for a variety of reasons. While this can be a source of blessing, it also may create a host of other unforeseen problems. My mom passed away two years ago at the age of ninety-two, and those were hard times for me. Much of that experience was still fresh on my mind when I discovered Melanie’s blog.
Part of what makes Melanie’s story so compelling is her journey to get to this point. She began as a freelance writer for a local paper in suburban Chicago writing about a wide variety of things. She then went to work for Legacy.com. https://www.legacy.com/ (Many will recognize this as an online obituary source). It must have been challenging and rewarding for her to help people through such a trying and emotional time.
Now, Melanie is providing a helpful resource to others with the advent of her blog. https://leavingthedooropen.com/ She shares her own experiences navigating the aging parent years. These times are challenging for anyone, especially when dealing with a loved one. Melanie provides informational links and helpful tips. She also is welcoming of others to share their personal stories. (I’m working on one right now to submit to Melanie.)
The Liebster Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The idea behind the award is to help promote newer bloggers who the rest of the blogging world may not know yet. Since I love everything about Melanie’s blog and the reasons behind her starting it, I’m nominating her.
I was nominated for my blog https://petespringerauthor.wordpress.com/ by fellow educator, Katharine Everson. Katharine is a dedicated special education teacher. Her blog https://teachezwell.me/ primarily focuses on education-related items, but everything she writes about has elements of humor. Katharine asked me to nominate two people, and Melanie is my first nominee.
The winner of the Liebster Award has two jobs: (1) Answer the six questions posed by the nominator. (2) Nominate two other new bloggers for this award. I permit you to choose one, Melanie, because as a new blogger, you probably are following more established blogs.
Congratulations to Melanie Stewart on her helpful and informative blog.
My Questions for Melanie
- What is the hardest challenge you have faced with an aging parent?
- What is your best advice to someone in a similar situation with an aging loved one?
- Have there also been happy and memorable times with your aging loved one? Please elaborate.
- Do you have any suggestions for people who are still working full time and need to offer their loved one support?
- What has been something you discovered about yourself in this process?
- What do you most enjoy about blogging?