I’ve read that homemaking clubs began to appear in the 1920s. I don’t know when they started to decline, but at least in the years when the idea of “modern homemaking” came into being, groups would gather to discuss, at least in theory, ways to make homemaking easier. I imagine it was more about socializing and sharing a bit of gossip than anything else, but the idea of these clubs got me thinking.
Is blogging the new homemaking club? I think, in a way, it is. Now granted, there are plenty of groups of people that meet in person – church groups, farmgirl groups, community activists – but the Internet and blogging has opened up a forum for people with specialized interests to meet up virtually.
I’ve been impressed with blogging since I first discovered it, waaaaay after those on the cutting edge were already into it. I love the democratic nature of it, the ability for anybody anywhere to get out a soapbox and speak their mind. Sure, a lot of it is crap, but I’d rather wade through the crap then have people restricted in what they can say. (I say that even after getting a nasty and stupid spam comment the other day…)
Blogging, at least for me, serves as my homemaking club. I find out all kinds of information from visiting other sites, reading stories from other homemakers, sharing things that work and don’t work for me. But as much as I like the virtual nature of blogging, I think there is something to be said for meeting folks in person. I dream of meeting up around a kitchen table, sharing coffee and life’s ups and downs. A regular old coffee klatch, as it were.
But in person or online, I do think there is value in community, in sharing our stories – whether they are about homemaking or not – and making our lives a little more than just the daily grind. I hope you think so too. Have a cup of virtual coffee and take a seat at our Internet table. I’m excited to hear what everyone has to say.