Welcome to my new and updated blog! As I mentioned last week, before officially making the switch, you may not notice a big difference between the former Highliners and Homecomings and the new Commercial Fishing Mom. Most of the blog changes are internal and unseen. Please let me know if you come across any links that do not work or any other kind of glitch. This site has been rebuilt from scratch and we worked hard to bring over all the posts from the past six+ years, but there are a few that did not make the transfer, as well as most of the comments and “likes.”
If you are just joining me for the first time, thanks for visiting! I am a freelance writer, mother, wife, and Jazzercise instructor who has been blogging about my multi-generation commercial fishing family for six years. Here’s a little bit about my philosophy and why I love writing this blog, as told to Christina Katz during the Every Day In May Book Giveaway:
“I try to be honest about my life experiences and share them with my readers, whether those experiences are considered “good” or “bad.” Every inch of my being believes that it is our responsibility as human beings to share what we have lived through and learned from. Whether our path has been filled with joy or pain, or some of both, it is our obligation to share what we have taken away from the journey.
In my life, I have often relied upon the experience and wisdom of others to make me feel less alone and to find common ground. Therefore, I feel that I must also contribute to this process through my blog, my e-book, my professional writing, and even things as simple as Facebook posts.
I started my blog seven years ago because I wanted to specifically address the issues and lifestyle of the commercial fishing family and build a similar online community. Prior to launching my blog, there was next to nothing in the public realm focusing specifically on life inside the commercial fishing family. We had commercial fishing TV shows, books about tragedies and narrow escapes, and a few memoirs, but nothing focused specifically upon the modern-day commercial fishing family.
The response and affirmation from readers throughout the years has been incredible. I have a varied audience that ranges from commercial fishing insiders, to family and personal friends, to those who do not know or even care about the commercial fishing industry. The latter group connects with me through my writing on topics like “seasonally singe motherhood,” the loss of pets, childhood hearing loss, anxiety, school, and marriage.
I do this because I love to write and connect with others. Writing about one’s life is not always easy, and it can create a certain amount of fear. However, this is what I’ve been called to do since I was a small child. If my words and stories can make one person feel less alone and uncertain, it is all worth it.”
Again, thank you for visiting Commercial Fishing Mom, an updated and slightly different version of the former Highliners and Homecomings. I have some fun things planned for this blog in the coming months, so keep checking back. And again, please let me know if you run across any glitches or broken links while navigating the site!