A blogging soul-search

I started this blog the year my oldest daughter was born. I didn’t really have a central theme, I just shared bits and pieces of my life as a brand new mom. My posts included DIY projects, seasonal decorating, crafts, funny stories, and deeper musings on the process of motherhood. I am really all over the place. There has been definite ebb and flow in my blogging as my life and the blogosphere has changed. I’ve heard, in fact, that blogging is dead and as a mommy blogger I am a relic of times gone by. This information, along with some recent drama/criticism has made me reevaluate the purpose of this little blog. For a while I thought about just quitting all together. But I really do love writing, and I received so much sweet encouragement from you, dear readers, that I’ve decided to keep going. This blog has told the story of my ever-changing mom life, and I’m not ready to give it up.

However, I do feel that I need to clarify both the kind of blog I want to write and the reasons behind why I blog. After mulling it over for a bit I decided that my blog really has two purposes. 

One: To share tips, ideas, and resources that simplify and/or add joy to our day to day life. 
Now, please note that most of these ideas did not come from my own brilliant inspiration. Oh no. I read lots of mommy blogs, listen to podcasts, and scroll/search Pinterest which is where I find almost all of the new ideas I want to try out. My posts are an attempt to explain how I’ve adapted these ideas for our life, and how well they work. I figure if they work for me, then you might be interested to hear about them. Or not. I’m completely fine knowing that if you scan the first paragraph of a post and find it uninteresting or impractical for you, you close the window and move on. I do the exact same thing all the time.

Two: To share honest glimpses into the highs and lows of real life and what God is teaching me through this life season.
I am trying very hard to fight against the pressure to be “Pinterest perfect.” Our life is pretty great, but it’s certainly not all hand-made costumes and learning games over here. I want to share both the highlights and the rough spots, and hopefully occasionally you will find yourself nodding as you read and thinking yep, me too. This mom-life can be isolating, and I think social media can make it worse. I’ve heard it said that comparison kills joy, and I know that is true in my life. I never ever want you to read what I’ve written and think Well she certainly thinks she has it all together. Must be nice… so I try to be as real as possible. It’s scary to share my struggles along with my triumphs, knowing I could be criticized for both. But I’m going to do it anyway, because if you feel relief, or encouragement, or solidarity from anything that I share it’s worth the risk.
So you can read my blog, or not, skim it occasionally, or open every post eagerly (hey, a girl can dream) but please know that the reason I write is to encourage you, dear reader. I know the risks of talking about my life openly online. The internet is huge and sometimes scary, but it also gives us the amazing ability to connect with people all over the world. So thanks for reading friends. I choose to believe the best about you, and I hope you will do the same for me. 

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