It’s been a busy year for Patch.com blogger Erin Ronyane Youngblood.
She has managed to juggle working full-time and raising her two young children -- one of which is a special needs child -- all while documenting her triumphs and tribulations of life and motherhood.
For the past year, every week like clockwork, Youngblood has uploaded refreshingly honest blogs about her family.
“Writing is a form of therapy and I have gained confidence and a real sense of pride when I hear from so many about how much my family's story means to them,” Youngblood told Patch. “I have found a way to share and I do love social media-it is a great way to connect with so many others from Shelby Township to states all over the country."
Youngblood’s blogs have impacted more than just Shelby Township residents. Several of her blogs have gone viral and were shared on parenting websites, Facebook and blogs around the country.
"I am grateful for the support from so many and knowing that I have a wide circle of community love and understanding," she said.
The experience has given the English major a new sense of confidence in her writing abilities. Youngblood said writing was always a major part of her life, but she didn't allow herself the time to further explore her passions once the kids came and work stresses piled.
So what's next for this blogger?
“I would really love to publish all my blogs into a book. I know it is a big dream but I believe it could be a reality someday, so I could share my beautiful life and spread the word about rare chromosome disorders and share my amazing son with the world,” said Youngblood.
In honor of Youngblood’s first full year of writing blogs on Patch.com, here is a look back at some of her most popular blogs.
1. Don't Forget About Me....Being a Special Needs Sibling
2. Brady's Dad Has High Hopes
3. Waiting For The First At Bat
4. I Knew I Was a Parent of a Child With Special Needs When....
5. You Can't Put a Grade on Everything
Patch would like to thank Youngblood for being so brave and sharing her special family with the community.
Tell us in the comments below which blog is your favororite.