Shana Galen
Shana Galen


Jaunty News, Shana Galen

I’m sure you’ve noticed a lot of my recent blogs have been about being a mom and the daily trials and triumphs of parenting Baby Galen. And all of you are so good about commenting and reassuring me that no, I’m not a bad mom, and yes, everything Baby Galen does is completely normal.

What you may not know is that offline the Jaunty Quills have been immensely helpful to me as well. When I struggled with any aspect of raising a newborn or an infant or, now, a toddler, I knew I could email the Jaunties, and they’d give me support and advice.

There are also a few blogs I like to visit so I can connect with other moms. Ask Moxie is one and Big Mama is another. But there was still something in the blogosphere missing, in my opinion. I wanted a blog I could really relate to. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized I should create the blog I wanted to read.

My first response was, oh no! Not another blog. There are so many blogs, and I already blog regularly here and with the Sourcebooks Casablanca authors. But I thought I wouldn’t mind adding more blog dates to my schedule if the blog was fun. Not that this blog isn’t fun, but it’s not always easy to think of blog topics. Motherhood pretty much provides a new topic daily.

So I emailed my mom friends, Robyn DeHart, Emily McKay, Elise Rome, Maisey Yates, and Roni Loren, and suggested we start a blog. I thought they would tell me I was crazy, but they all said they thought it would be great fun. And that’s how Peanut Butter on the Keyboard was born.

I wanted to invite you to stop by and check us out. It doesn’t matter if you’re a mom or a dad, a grandma, an aunt, or just see kids sometimes at the mall, you are welcome! Robyn, Emily, Elise, Maisey, Roni, and I all have relatively young kids, but we will soon be adding another mom who has older kids and a unique perspective. We’re busy and won’t post everyday. We figure you’re busy too and don’t have time to check in every day anyway! But we will post often and our posts will be informative, funny, and sometimes poignant.

If you’re a mom and a writer, we’d love to have you guest blog. Elise is starting to schedule guest bloggers for April. So stop by and say hi!

Today, if you have a moment, let me know some of your favorite blogs, whether they’re about reading, writing, sewing , or whatnot.

11 thoughts on “Peanut Butter on the Keyboard

  1. Thank you for posting.
    I have been inspired by all you wonderful women and mothers. I too am a mother of two young children (2 & 4). I am a preschool teacher. I recently started blogging myself. I know that I could not make it through the trials and joys of motherhood without some friends to lean on and lift me up. I like reading this blog, the ballroom, Blame it on the Muse. And I love Grace Burrowes’ blog. You are an inspiration so thanks! I can’t wait for Peanut butter on the keyboard.

  2. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

    Great blogs, Allison! I like all of those as well. What is your blog? We’ll stop by.

  3. Ora says:

    I wish there were blogs when I my kids were young, however the internet was just a infant at the time. I like reading the Ballroom Blog and the Goddess Blog. I love crafting, especially towards the end of the summer to get things ready for the Holiday season. I don’t know why I never thought of looking up blogs for that kind of stuff, I usually look at Michaels or JoAnn’s Fabric website or wander around the store when I want to find something different.

  4. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

    Ora, I don’t know what I’d do without the internet. I do remember when it was in its infancy. Now I use it all the time to look up illness symptoms, advice on all sorts of things, etc.

  5. Kathleen O says:

    I think I am becoming a Blog Junkie.. I visit many blogs, mostly author blogs, like The Goddess Blogs, Riding with the Top Down, Romance Junkies, As the Pages Turn, The Whine Sistes, The Ballroom, Petticoasts and Pistols.. I could go on and on.. Like I said a blog junkie..

    1. Shana Shana says:

      Oh, so you’re just like the rest of us, huh, Kathleen? I’m a total blog junkie.

  6. Barbara Elness says:

    I love book blogs, I follow a bunch. My favorites are: Romance Bandits, Risky Regencies, The Ballroom, The League of Reluctant Adults, The Season, The Romance Dish, The Goddess Blogs, Word Wenches, Plot Monkeys, and the list goes on and on.

  7. Shana Shana says:

    Barbara, I follow most of those too. And I’ve seen you at a few of my blog tour stops, so I know you’re a very faithful follower.

  8. Lexi says:

    Adorable picture, and I will have to go check it out!

  9. Beebs says:

    I’m another blog junkie. As well as practically everything already mentioned, I love RCJR, twonerdyhistorygirls, historyhoydens, whinesisters, romancingrakes4theluvofromance and ramblingsfromthischick.

    Ooops!nearly forgot Amy, unwrappingromance. *g*

  10. Shana Shana says:

    Thanks, Lexi! We’d love to have you stop in when you get a chance.

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