Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Musings about Blogging

I just made a very LONG winded comment to a post by Melissa at Sweet Seredipity and thought I'd share it with you...
Woah! Put the brakes on kid!

Between being a wife, mother, and home-educator, you've already got A LOT going on! So, I'd figure out what it is about the blogging that you get the most out of, and try to make room for *just* that.

Me? I like writing. I kept a pen-and-paper journal for over ten years (starting at age 15). It helped me TREMENDOUSLY, both emotionally and as "a writer"... I'm not published or anything, I mean just being able to communicate effectively with the written word.

I started my blog because my friend had one and kept raving about it. Then, I moved away from that friend and started writing weekly to keep in touch with family and friends. Then, because I enjoyed writing, I started doing it more. For me, a daily habit (in the evening, as my means of unwinding) is generally the easiest to keep up with.

Through out the day, I'll "write" my post. Sometimes I go on a writing spree, and I'll "schedule" the posts to go out on different days to spread it out. Other times, I blog only when I feel like it.

Personally, I like to know other people read what I write and I appreciate their feedback (ie: comments and phone calls), but I've come to realize that even when I don't get it, I still benefit from and enjoy the actual writing.

Lately though, I've been reading and commenting more than writing on my own blog. I've been nursing an injury and just don't feel like much is "going on". Also, I recently made a post that generated a lot of political debate in my comments... actually more comments than any other post, and yet it wasn't exactly "happy", so, I've noticed I've backed off a bit.

Basically, I don't beat myself up over keeping or maintaining my blog, I just post when I feel like it, and I enjoy the act of writing (can you tell by this MAJOR run-on thought stream?)

So. You have to ask yourself, what is it that you enjoy about your blog, and how can you do more of that?

Hope this helps! :D

Post Script: Keep your eyes open THIS SATURDAY for a very special and exciting post from your's truly! ;D

1 comment:

Sweet Serendipity said...

Thanks Suzy. You make a good point, that blogging should be for enjoyment and you have to prioritize what is most meaningful to you about it. One (mom) can only do so much. I think, like most moms, I struggle with giving too much of myself away and having too little left. I don't want to miss out on the quality time with my kids, they grow up so fast. But I also don't want to see them walk out the door to college and realize that my whole life is leaving with them.
Thank you for taking the time to leave an insightful and thoughtful comment.