Whole Parenting Family

Is There Room for You?

I had the distinct privilege of being asked to speak at the Catholic Women’s Blogging Network // Twin Cities this past weekend. My talk was on branding and social media and monetizing. But the true kernel of my talk answered this question: is there room for you? Another blogger? Another creative? Another woman looking to be known and to feel connected?

The answer was and is always; yes. Yes, there’s room at the cool kids’ table for another blogger or maker. Yes, the whole blogging world should feel like the cool kids’ table. Those distinctions aren’t found in our network. We are all cool. We all have something distinct to offer. There is audience enough for all our voices.

This doesn’t mean we don’t need to hone our craft! Room for improvement abounds over here on this lil blog of mine. It’s humbling to look around at how much better and smarter many of my blogging sisters are hustling. It’s a good kind of humbling because it inspires me to put more energies here.

But when women who attended the conference asked if the world really needed their voice? Yes. The answer is always yes.

Yes because I want to learn from them. I want to hear their peaks and valleys on this life journey. I want to be a reflection of God’s love for them.

We do this sharing online thing for lots of reasons. Sometimes I share because I am insecure about my experience and hasten to find reassurance it’s normal, or it’s relatable. Other times I share because I’m chasing that dopamine rush of feedback, affirmation, and attention. But I try to have my primary goal for sharing be to give greater honor and glory to God. He’s the One I owe my gifts to, howsoever small they may be. He’s the One my work should point back to, overtly or quietly.

Laura laid out how to write better, when to find time to do it, and the publication process. Haley shared her journey as a blogger and offered tips and insights along the way. Anna and Jacqui and Susanna made the whole day run smoothly and beautifully with delicious food and decor. The afternoon workshops provided a relaxed atmosphere for one on one questions and feedback. The gifts in our swag bags and big giveaways were extraordinary!

If you can, attend one such gathering. You’ll meet kindred spirits (Nancy and Laura and I couldn’t stop gabbing after all these years of blogging sisterhood). You’ll have a chance to hear from people further down the path than you. And you’ll leave feeling (hopefully!) that yes, there is always room for you and all you have to offer.

See you next year at #cwbntwincities !


  1. Amy @ The Salt Stories on March 28, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    I felt similarly after a CWBN conference. I so greatly enjoy finding the uniqueness, value, and insight in each blog I stumble upon. Thanks for sharing and encouraging.


    • Natural Mama Nell on March 28, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      I love it!

  2. Elizabeth on March 28, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks for these generous thoughts, Nell. You make me want to start blogging again!
    I used that have a little food blog back before kids. In fact, my last post was (unintentionally) about 10 days before we found out I was expecting our first child!
    I’ve often had the urge to start writing again and other than lack of time (who really does have time for it, though?), the biggest thing holding me back has been the feeling that the blogging world is saturated. Who needs another Catholic mom blog, right?
    It’s actually really similar to my feelings as an actor, now that I think about it… The market is saturated. Does it really need yet another actress vying for the limited number of jobs out there? Well, the answer is “yes” because none of those other actresses brings exactly what I bring…. The upside to blogging is that I don’t have to get permission from (i.e. cast by) anyone. I can just decide and do it! 🙂

    • Natural Mama Nell on March 28, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      Exactly. You don’t need permission. You can just do it! And yes, we miss and need your voice.

  3. Ashley Strukel on March 29, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Thanks, Nell! You are so warm and welcoming and I’m so happy to have met you and so many other friendly, supportive women!

    • Natural Mama Nell on March 29, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      I’m so so glad, too!

  4. Tamara on March 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Your blogging network sounds amazing! This potential South African blogger, reading from the other side of the equator is greatly inspired & a little envious of your network ☺ Thanks Nell for sharing!

    • Natural Mama Nell on March 30, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Gotta make a trip to the US next time!!!