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my life as a blog


I am humbled, honored and more than a little excited to be featured in Blogstar’s “My Life As a Blog” series today.

What is Blogstar?

“Blogstar is a daily celebration of the future of publishing featuring those who make it happen: bloggers.”

It was founded by the smart and very talented Sarah Bryden-Brown (herself an accomplished – and published – author). Her site has been an amazing source of support and inspiration for me since I began blogging, and I was thrilled to be asked to contribute to this series.

Then I actually had to sit down and write it.

I was completely confident that this would be a breeze. I had a very clear vision of why I started my blog, and had written about it on my own site as well as in other publications. So I sat down and wrote. But it didn’t feel quite right. So I took a different approach. But that too, felt hollow, contrived.

Round three. Still not good enough.


What was going on here? I walked away from it for a few days, allowing myself to think hard and dig deep.

And then I realized what was missing, and literally smacked myself on the side of the head.

The honesty.

I had forgotten the honesty.

Yes, all of the previous drafts were truthful – in fact, they comprise the first three lines of the final post. But, in my heart I knew that they weren’t at the core of what the blog had truly become for me. I had never written these things down before, and frankly had barely allowed myself to even think about them. Was this the place to share? With a group of strangers whose first impression of me would be this post?

But one of the promises I made to myself when I started this blog was just that – to go outside my comfort zone and be a little bit more “out there”. And so I wrote the post you see today. It was a very powerful experience, and more than a little scary. I have no idea how it will be received, or what people may think of me as a result.

What I DO know is that it is the most honest account of what the past year has meant for me, and I am beyond appreciative to Sarah for the oppportunity to share it with all of you.

Thank you.


  1. Hotly Spiced on January 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I absolutely loved what you wrote and as I was reading it I was thinking, ‘If I was invited to be featured on Blogstar, would I be able to write something this engaging’. Congratulations! It’s great that you’ve had such and unexpected but wonderful benefit from blogging.

    • sheri silver on January 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you so much – it was a lot harder than I thought it would be so a comment like yours means the world!!! Appreciate your taking the time to write……….. 🙂

  2. Mara @ {A Blog About Love} on January 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Sheri – I just read your post on Blogstar and it brought me here. I loved what you wrote. Really, really loved it. I am a new blogger as of not even 4 months (and I also write some about divorce). So I could relate to so many of your sentiments, including…”I have no idea what people will think of me..” I am always working on not caring so much – and just pushing publish and going to sleep and not laying there wondering, should I have done that?? Anyway, it’s an interesting endeavor. But the rewards are pretty amazing. I look forward to checking out your blog. All the best to you.

    • sheri silver on January 12, 2012 at 7:30 am

      Thank you Mara – I’ve been a fan of your blog already so it means so much that you took the time to write to me – that “publish” button seems so big sometimes, right?

  3. AmberLee on January 14, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Sheri, wow, what an awesome post. Congrats on making that leap into the unknown! And how lucky for everyone who because of it gets to know the warm and amazing woman behind the blog. xo

    • sheri silver on January 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      Thank you so much – it was a truly powerful experience for me. Comments and notes like yours have been so affirming and are so, so appreciated! 🙂

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