Hello there and welcome to the latest instalment of my series #MeetTheFamily. It is a spin off from our linky #FamilyFun. You may know that #FamilyFun is a linky where you can link up any blog post with the idea of it being a fun linky where you share your posts, comments and love with your blogging family. This post is all about getting to know our blogging family a bit better. So without further ado I will introduce you to this weeks member:
I have been introduced to Suchitra’s blog through our linky and it has quickly become one of my favourite reads. I love reading about Suchitra’s multi-cultural life, the way in which they are bring up their children to be so and her always intelligent perceptions on life and motherhood. She writes in such a professional and articulate way I can’t help but be interested in what she has to say, I think it is fair to say her well suited career radiates into her blog. Wow I sound like such a fan girl, but there if the boot fits and all that… So guys, please share some love and head over to give Suchitra’s blog a visit. Now over to you Suchi
1.Tell us a little bit about yourself, who you are, your blog and what we can expect from your blog?
My name is Suchitra and I used to be a professor of Communication Studies in Chicago in the US but had to resign from my job and don the cape of a stay-at-home-mom after we moved to Silicon Valley in California. Originally from India, I have been living in the US since 2001. I married my Canadian husband a few years ago and we have two multiracial kids, a two-year-old son and a 7-month-old daughter.
I started my blog just before the birth of my son to document my experiences as a new mom and to have a virtual library of memories to return to years later. Lately, the blog has evolved into the journaling of my struggles and other adventures as a stay-at-home-mom.
As the blog continues to get a life of its own, you can expect it to have posts that reflect my kids’ varied age-appropriate interests, lessons from my every day experiences with them, some creative writing on parenting topics as well as some research driven posts, and perhaps even my complete acceptance of my SAHM identity.
I go where the blog takes me.
2. When your not blogging, how do you fill your time – are you a working parent, SAHP, WAHP? When your not working what do you like to do for fun?
When I am not blogging, I am engaging in everyday awesomeness with my kids. We do story time at our local libraries, visit our zoo, the children’s museum, the many parks and playgrounds around town, attend music classes, and do grocery shopping. I call my kids my entourage. Where I go, they go ☺.
Otherwise, we are simply at home, baking, painting, making a mess, yelling (I am, that is), crying (either one of the kids or all of us at some point), screaming (with joy mostly), crashing cars, destroying train tracks, and jumping in muddy puddles right outside our home on rare rainy days (California is in a drought).
I am a homebody. I like to stay in and watch Netflix or videos on Google Play or Amazon. I do enjoy reading when I have the energy to focus. I have every intention of joining a gym soon and proudly declare to whoever asks that, THAT (going to the gym) is what I like to do for fun (gives self an eye roll).
3. How long have you been blogging and what is your favourite and least favourite thing about it?
I had a blog way back in 2003 when most people didn’t even know what that was. Since then I’ve started and deleted many blogs. I kept one throughout my graduate school and really glad I stuck with it. This current one, my favorite, is one I hope to focus on long-term.
My favorite thing about blogging is that it is my space to understand myself better. I often need to write things down and let the words I write tell me how I feel, especially when I am trying to make sense of complicated emotions, as a parent or otherwise. I find blogging cathartic.
My least favorite thing is the promoting. Sometimes I wish I could just write something and the Universe would find it and flood it with readers and comments with zero effort from me. Though, the positive outcome of promoting is that I do get to virtually meet my tribe of like-minded writers and bloggers and build my own little community. So, it’s not all bad.
4. If you could pass on a piece of advice to a newbie blogger what would it be?
Find your voice or voices and always remain authentic. It is easy to get swayed into writing about and doing posts for publicity, promotions, sponsorships, and so on, but if it does not represent who you are, why you started your blog, and disrespects your readers, don’t do it.
I have also been thinking about this recently that – Even if you think it is, blogging is not your entire world, it is only a part of the magnificent real world about which you write in a space that just happens to be your blog. I have to remind myself of this when I get a blogger’s block or wallow in self-doubt over something I wrote, am writing, or may write.
5. If money were no issue, and you could tick one thing off your bucket list what would it be and why?
If money is not an issue…hmm…and this may change, but for now, it is to buy a house with enough bedrooms that each of the kids and us parents can all have our own rooms, a den/library for myself, a creativity/activity room for the family so our messes can be somewhat contained, enough living space to have extended family and friends over, and a backyard with a garden that has avocado and persimmon trees (lemon and orange trees are a bonus), lovely grass on which to play and get silly, some concrete for the kids to ride their tricycles, enough space for a grill, table and chairs to enjoy sitting outside and enjoy the amazing California weather.
People may think we lead glamorous lives surrounded by the Googles, Facebooks, and Apples of the world but housing in Silicon Valley is ridiculously unaffordable. Sigh.
I read a variety of blogs on themes ranging from parenting to poetry to fiction to immigrant experiences. I like blogs that go beyond diary entries and are reflective of parenting or life experiences presented with seriousness or humor…the style of presentation does not matter as much as the honesty of the content. There is something very refreshing about that.
As you know, there are many British Mom Bloggers I enjoy reading and thank you all for introducing me to slices of life I can only experience vicariously. I really don’t want to play favorites but I will say that I like reading your (Sarah’s) blog at TammyMum and Karen’s blog at TwoTinyHands. I also think you are both quite exemplary in how you host the #familyfun linky and encourage new bloggers.
In continuing to share the love and extending the community, I would like to mention some non-British bloggers I like reading. My current favorites are Lakshmi Iyer’s blog at https://lgiyer.com where she writes about being a mother through adoption and biology, among other things (but is currently on a November writing hiatus); Shailaja Vishwanath’s Diary of a Doting Mother, and Hema’s Mixed Bag for short pieces of fiction.
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