Despite the solitary nature of writing, a person doesn't always have to feel alone while doing it. That is what I have found by blogging, especially by participating in a blog run by a group of writers.
There are others out there. People with similar challenges. People with challenges you haven't even thought of yet. People with challenges you have already overcome. The special thing about the online community of writers is the clearly visible support system. How willing people are to lend a hand.
Where I grew up, Autumn was the only time of year people locked their doors. Why? Because if you didn't, you would come home from the grocery store to find your porch filled with boxes of tomatoes and cucumbers, zucchinis big enough to carve like pumpkins and big paper bags piled to the top with crab apples.
This is the sort of community I have sensed while performing my brief stint blogging with the Chicks. There is no other way to describe the feeling this blog has given me. It is a blog writers can come to for that feeling of home. A place they can let their guard down.
How has blogging for the Chicks helped me as a writer? It has allowed me to open up. As a somewhat shy individual, I've been given the opportunity to share a part of myself I've kept from most people on the three dimensional plane. For that, I'm unendingly thankful.
In the words of Canada's sweetheart, Red Green, "We're all in this together."