Saturday, August 29, 2015

Back in the Saddle Again: Why do I do this Blog Thing?

Me Six Months Pregnant
I took a little blogging hiatus over the past few months, and it's caused me to reflect on why I started (or should continue) this blog. The reason why I took a break was nothing more than necessity. I don't tend to write a lot of personal information on this blog, but I have two young boys and another little nugget on the way. My last post was in February (shortly after I found out I was pregnant), and I simply did not have the energy, drive, or interest to keep up with a blog. I was just trying to survive: keep food in the fridge, clean clothes in the drawers, and take a shower at least once a week (you think I'm kidding...ha!). I certainly didn't have the energy for the "extras": i.e., shaving my legs, cooking hot meals, or blogging.

During this blogging sabbatical, I didn't log into my account or really check my blog activity. So, when I finally checked it out a month or so ago I realized that no one really realized I was gone. No, "hey, I miss your blog," or "when will you post more?" Of course, that's a bit of a blow to the ego, but it caused me to reflect upon why I created this blog and, furthermore, ask myself, "should I continue?". 

The original reason why I started the blog was for a creative outlet as a new stay-at-home mom. Isn't that who starts 90% of all blogs? :) I really didn't care if anyone read my posts. I wanted a way to exercise my mind through writing and creativity. Blogging allowed me to do as much or as little as I liked whenever I could squeeze in a few minutes here and there. There wasn't pressure or any real deadlines other than what I imposed on myself. 

When I began this blog, I didn't care if another person read it. It was purely for myself. But, it's sure hard not to get wrapped up in how many followers/views/etc. I have. I find myself comparing my blogging success (or lack thereof) with my peers. I sure wouldn't consider myself a "success" in the blogging world. So, should I continue? 

Now that I've had some time to reflect, I've decided to jump back in the blogging saddle. But, I'm going back to my original intentions. This is for me. Certainly, I do hope that others read and enjoy my DIY projects and domestic tips, but I won't be devastated if no one else joins me. 

Another few reasons I've come to enjoy writing this blog in particular and want to continue:
  • As I recall things my mother actually did teach me, it helps me remember some really great things about my youth.
  • This is a great repository of information that I can pass along to my children...if they are interested.
It may be a slow re-entry into the blogging scene with baby #3 due in a month or so, but I'm leaping back in! I do hope you'll join, but if you don't, I'll still be content capturing all the Things My Mother Taught Me.