Blogging is a funny thing. This past week I’ve been contemplating exactly why I do it? Not only that, but I’ve also been thinking about where it’s taking me! As a result, I now know this one thing: I’m determined to keep it simple!
WHY I LIKE BLOGGING
I enjoy the creativity and particularly, shooting photos for it. Some day, I hope to live in a house with better lighting so I can delve deep into the kitchen, nutrition and real food recipes. As of now, it’s hardly possible!
Blogging is an outlet for me. As a stay at home wife, it’s nice to know I can reach those beyond my home, family and town.
It seems I can’t help but teach wherever I go! While I do offer private lessons from my home, the blog is one more way I can expand my “teach reach.” Seeing folks take hold of concepts and implement change that betters their lives is extremely rewarding. Teaching’s in me and has to come out!
Writing is a wonderful exercise for my brain. Some of you may not know this, but after doing treatments for Lyme disease, my mental capacity has never been the same. My brain tires quickly. I find it difficult to focus for long. Sometimes, dots don’t connect as they ought.
Though its humbling when words don’t flow and sentences won’t string together, writing and learning to blog was a way for me to begin exercising my mind again.
THE APPEAL TO GO BIGGER
Once I put my foot inside the blogging door, I was bombarded with ‘go bigger’ messages. You have no idea! Everywhere I turned, folks were preaching it, encouraging me to increase readers so that I could make more money, etc.
I readily confess that I feel the temptation!
Within the blogging world, I know of more than a few individuals who are making anywhere from $500-$5,000 per month on their blog. Let’s just say there is money to be made.
And I? I realized this past month that I need to decide why I’m here. If not, I’ll get sucked into the ‘bigger and better’ blogging mentality.
WHY I AM DETERMINED TO KEEP IT SIMPLE
I want to be a woman who is engaged with her family, friends and neighbors. In the short time I’ve been blogging, I’ve discovered it often takes me away from face to face relationships. Sometimes, it even robs me of time I would spend elsewhere if I wasn’t so preoccupied with writing, editing and posting!
A computer screen (regardless of the words upon it) cannot give the same encouragement and support a real person can.
Where this blog is concerned, I’m determined to keep it simple for the sake of relationships around me.
LEARNING TO RESPECT WHAT MATTERS MOST
All this to say, I want to respect what matters most. For many writers out there, it’s dollars and cents.
However, just today I read words from a woman who cut back on both blogging time and her income because it was interfering with her family life. In spite of the fact that her blogging business was rapidly expanding, she realized her children and husband were suffering because of it.
Folks, I respect that!
As I do the once-upon-a-time blogging mother of 5 children (with #6 on the way) who told me not so long ago: I just have to focus on my kids right now.
People matter most. Not the pay cheque, being a ‘well respected’ figure or building an online kingdom. I want to remember this.
Would I love to make enough money to cover the cost of blogging? You bet! Perhaps I’d like to make a little on the side? Of course!
But not at the price of living with regrets, wishing I’d invested more into the people surrounding me. Not at the cost of feeling alone and depressed because I’ve been pouring so much into my blog that my relational cup is dry.
Folks, I’m determined to keep this blog simple for the sake of a better life! Hold me to it, please!