Sep 9, 2013

A "Blogoversary" and 3 things I dislike about blogging

Do you know what happened last week?  My "return to blogging" first blogoversary came and went, without so much as a how-do-you-do.  I knew it was coming, but I honestly thought it was this week.  OF COURSE I forgot my own blogoversary... that is SO like me!

I've been back at this for a solid year, and have written 222 posts in that time.  The original reasons that I stepped WAY back from blogging a few years ago are still valid, but not what I am struggling with this time, though there are still three things that I find I dislike as a blogger.

 
1. Blogging can take over your life if you let it.
I really enjoy writing essays, articles, and blog posts {I recently learned what the difference was between those}, but find that I am trying to fit blogging in between other things, like cleaning my house, and {hmmm, I don't know} parenting my children, and I always feel like I am neglecting one of those things.  I realize that it's better to neglect the blog, over my home and family, but I want to build a community of blog-friends through my blog, and can't do that unless I am on. my. blog.

2. People don't always comment
Comments are like cat-nip, especially to affirmation "love language" peeps like me.  I have to remember that not everyone has something to say, nor should they have to say anything at all.  I just wish there were 10 comments of something like "this was amazing, great, well written" on every post.  That said, I am learning that I feel called to write, regardless if someone is patting me on the back.  Just like when I sing in church {where I sing for an audience of One - um, God}, I really should be writing for an audience of One... {just wish He would comment from time to time}. 

3. I easily forget why I am doing this
It is so easy to get wrapped up in page views and number of comments and link-ups {oh my!}, but none of those things are really WHY I am blogging.  I am blogging because I believe that I have a message to share that can positively impact the world around me.   Yes, it would be nice if more than 20 people read every post, but I am writing out of obedience to my call, not because other people are crowding around me.  {Lessons in humility, anyone?}

While I may not be overwhelmed by comments and the number of visitors to my blog, I am blessed beyond measure by the smallish community of bloggers that I get to be a part of.  Some days I feel like an outsider, but most days I am really comfortable in my own little corner of the internet.

As I continue to develop as a writer, find my voice again and faithfully reach out to like-minded bloggers, I know that I will find myself a part of a stronger community, and that is a good reason to keep on keeping on, I can't wait to see what this next year brings!

For those of you who are faithful readers, commentators, followers and share my content on Facebook and Pinterest, THANK YOU!  I appreciate your affirmations!

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8 comments:

  1. Thank you, I needed to read this today! All too often I get so obsessed with how many page views and comments that I forget why I started blogging in the first place!
    Made me think of the song 'Audience of One.' ( love that song)

    Bless you!
    Michelle
    I am coming over from Splashin' Glory!

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  2. thank you so much for your encouragement! Glad to give you something to think about today! Thanks for the visit!!

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  3. Happy late blogiversary! I agree with these, it's easy to get too wrapped up in this online world but it's so important to live your life and treat blogging as a secondary luxury. I think you're getting it right! Keep it up!

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  4. Ahhh, thank you! I appreciate the comment {I really really do! ;)} Trying to keep it all balanced is the blessing and curse of a mama blogger... amiright?

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  5. Definitely!!

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  6. Happy Blogaversary!!!! I am a word of affirmation love language, too:) :) I've often wondered about Jane Austin - and other writers. It takes time to write - and it means taking time out of your day or making room in that day. Of course, Jane didn't have as many distractions or children - but she had to hand-write everything (I am cringing at the thought of that). Writing helps create a holistic me - and seeing me do something I love or something I believe God called me to do - well, that is good for my children. It is good for them to have balance - being the center of every moment is not healthy. My children are older, though - 27-12:) Wishing you beautiful words, beautiful joy in your celebration of your year returned:) Wishing you many more posts - heart ideas that just burst out of you because if they didn't you'd explode!!! LOL

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  7. Thank you! Writing does the same for me as well. I talk with my kids frequently about why I spend so much time in front of a blank screen. My daughter loves to write as well, and at 8 years old wrote a story that was 6 pages long on college-ruled paper, and every line was filled... forget paragraphs and space... I was amazed. (We won't talk about how many spelling errors were on each page... I didn't even tell her). I also think it's good for kids to NOT be the center of every moment... though, I don't want to neglect or ignore them... so I take time to play card games and help with homework. THANK YOU for the sweet and thoughtful comment! :)

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  8. I can completely relate to all three things you dislike! Seems like you are really working toward finding balance with life and blogging though! Happy Blogiversary!

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