WOW!! It's 2013, a New Year and where have I been?? Well I hit my blogiversary in December and I honestly have been just on a time out. I've been contemplating if I want to keep blogging, why I blog and why I would continue to do so. I have found over the year that my ambitions for my blog changed somewhere along the way. I started this blog for me, some place I could just get out all the ideas that exist in my head and maybe be some inspiration to one person somewhere.
As time went along I felt pressure to do certain things in order to grow my blog and branch out. This pressure of course was all my own. I felt if I wasn't linking to as many parties as possible, no one was stopping by and then what was the point?? So I would get up before anyone else in the house and link my post to as many as I could and browse and comment to my fair share which is proper etiquette. Then it started to be too much.
I don't blog or link or browse or comment anytime during the day and not unless my kids are sleeping and my husband is busy doing something. I'm not judging those who do, this is just how I roll. It's my rule. This is MY hobby, it's not meant to impede on my mothering or my marriage and I felt the pull to jeopardize this time (again, my own pressure) was becoming great. I felt if this line wasn't crossed, my blog just could not survive.
So I stopped blogging cold turkey and just took some time to get some new perspective. I discovered that if I look at the facts (monetary gain, followers), I get overwhelmed and like the break but then I make a cute lunch or organize something and miss sharing. So this is what I have come up with...well actually, I've just gone back to the basic reason I started this in the first place, to share. No blogging world, link party, monetary gain, followers pressures. Just blogging to share to that one person that's not my mom out there, YOU!
This DOESN'T have to be that blog that is discovered by the Ellen Show, it's my little ol' blog that is created by a Full-time Mom, Full-time Wife and Full-time Daycare Provider that I love. I can not be everything ALL the time, even though I so desperately strive to. I'm just one person who will blog when I blog, link when I link and maybe one day figure out how this whole thing works. I'm taking the pressure off. I may NEVER sell an ad space because, even after a year, I don't know how to begin that process. And although I could read the post on my Pinterest board showing me how, clearly I just rather not right now.
So after 1 year of blogging, I am still a novice at this whole thing, and that's ok! Now that that's off my chest, I would love if you would stick around and see what happens next ;) Happy Belated New Year!!