I’ve been thinking recently about how much I’ve enjoyed being back in the blogging world and how much I truly did miss it during my hiatus (aka- journey into PPD Crazytown). When I first started blogging back in 2008 it was just to get the grandparents off my back about pictures of the kids. Then I found a community of other moms who got it, who understood and related to me. I think that’s what I missed most of all during my time away.
I’ve also been thinking about the reasons why I blog.What purpose does it serve for me? What do I get out of it? Why is it such an important part of my life? I briefly pondered not returning to the blogosphere at all, of just shutting down my old blog and moving on to a different phase of my life. In fact, I had made that decision. It seemed as soon as I did make that decision, I started getting itchy fingers that wanted to type again. But during my hiatus, I discovered some of the reasons that I blog.
*Blogging reminds me not to take life so seriously, to laugh at myself and learn from my mistakes.
*Blogging provided me a surprising support system when I needed one last year. I got countless emails and comments from concerned readers. It’s a community.
*Blogging forces me out of my comfort zone. I do things that I might not normally do because I saw it on someone else’s blog, or because I think it would be fun to blog about. It pushes me to be bolder.
*Blogging gives me a voice. It gives me somewhere to tell my story, to be myself. It gives me a place where I don’t have to fit in, I don’t have to worry about what others think of me. Because this is my place.
*Blogging is a tangible record for my kids. As alarming as that sounds considering the title of my blog, I think my kids will enjoy looking back one day at what our life was like. After all, they are the inspiration behind the mama.
Of course, all those thoughts led me down the path of thinking about where I want my blog to go. What do I envision for the future of my little home in the blogosphere? What are my goals? What do I want out of my blog? So I made a list, I really do love my lists. Mr.McHunky swears I suffer from some rare form of List Making OCD.
*Community. I want to be more social, even if only on Twitter and Facebook. Ha! I’ve been making a serious effort to get out there more, to participate in linky parties, to engage on Twitter and comment on more blogs. And I’ve “met” some great new people and readers who I feel drawn to, not in a creepy stalker-ish kind of way but a “hey, she gets it” kind of a way. I’d love to have some guest posts to share some love with my new friends. I’m doing a monthly post to show off some of my favorite blog posts that I’ve read that month for the same reason. It’s a community and you only get out of it what you put into it.
*Consistency. I’ve been doing a good job of that and I want to continue on this streak. I am a planner at heart and that was one thing I struggled with on my old blog, not planning out my posts. I was a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants blogger and I am way too scatterbrained for that. I am focusing on being more professional. See next item.
*Professional. I need to treat the blog like more than just a hobby. I spend a great chunk of my time during the week working on blog business so it only makes sense to treat as a professional venture. I’ve joined BlogHer ads as you can see from the sidebar. I’m not expecting to get rich here but a little extra that I can put towards Cam’s private school tuition would be fabulous. Along the same lines, I’ve added some great sponsor & ad spots. I have some awesome giveaways coming up in April, courtesy of my blog sponsors and I’m so excited about it!
*Focus. My blog doesn’t have a true niche. I blog about life- my life, my family’s life. So I write about a wide variety of topics- recipes, parenting, marriage, home projects, idiots that make me mad…it’s a mixed bag around here. I like that and it won’t change but I do want to make sure I’m writing about the things that are important to me. I want to do a few different types of series- Postpartum Depression, Family Management, Clutter Solutions, and more. I’ve started a blog planner to keep me on track. Oh yeah, that’s another series I want to do- about blog planning. See why I need a blog planner? Ha!
*Authentic. That’s the word of the year. I want to be real. I never want anyone to leave my blog feeling discouraged. I’m not a perfect mom, I don’t have a perfect family and I’m not always happy. Life happens. I don’t want to harp on the negative stuff but I’m not going to hide it either. There are plenty of evenings when I’m 3 seconds away from hiding in the dark closet chugging wine out of a straw. That’s real folks!
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