I've been connected to the Moho community in Portland for a long time now, but I didn't become a Moho blogger until recently. I was afraid that I'd get drawn too deep into the mohosphere, spend too much time reading the many good blogs out there and neglect other things. It's easy to do, especially for me. It happened when I first found the New Order Mormon message board. It was so good to find a safe place among people with similar experiences with the church. I dove in and spent WAY too much time reading and posting. So much of it was good and needed and helpful, but I had to take a step back.
Experiencing that helped me to be more balanced in how I approached blogging and becoming part of the Moho online community. For a few years now, I've been reading Moho blogs sporadically and have felt very blessed that so many people have decided to share so much. Now that I've become a small-time Moho blogger, I feel even more connected. I'm still lonely and afraid and indecisive sometimes. But I'm doing better.
I've made some wonderful friends who feel like family. It's amazing how we can find such meaningful connections with people so many miles away. The church discourages us from making connections online. Yet it provides NOTHING to meet the needs that the mohosphere does for so many of us. I can sit in a church meeting surrounded by people and feel utterly alone. I can read a blog post, write a blog post of my own or chat for five minutes with another Moho or Moho-friend and feel understood and renewed.
So while I may have come a bit late to the party, I'm glad I'm here. I'm happy you're all here too. Thanks to my buddy Jon for pushing me to start blogging. Thanks to all of you for coming along with me and letting me tag along with you on our crazy journeys. Here's to continuing that fellowship and camaraderie among us all.