Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Taking a Step back

Man, I've been putting off this post for forever it seems.  
I just can't seem to get myself motivated to even write!  I mean, I love blogging. . . . when I have something to actually write about!  But sometimes I catch myself hurrying to finish a project just so that I'll have something to post on the blog!  
I started blogging so that I could have it as a way to "catalogue" our lives and all of the work that we've been doing on our new home.  We bought it 3 years ago and basically stripped it down to the studs and started over, so I wanted to be able to show our progress to all of our friends and family that were out of the area.  That all somehow morphed into showing off other little decorating projects, tutorials, recipes, kids activities, and then even onto home school ideas when we began home schooling our girls last year.  I forced myself into a weekly schedule of having to get projects done, otherwise, I wouldn't have a post for that day.  I was doing projects and trying to force the creativity, and honestly, that's always the quickest way to dry up your creative juices...by putting yourself under the gun with a deadline.  It's also the quickest way to start dreading having to write each night and dealing with writers block!

A little while ago, I read a post on My Life and Kids about bloggers who get overwhelmed and need to take a blogging break.  I was so "right there" with that thought.  I had piled way too much on my plate.  I had never intended on blogging to make a living.  I had never intended on becoming a "big name" blogger, writing books, or hosting a TV show.  Why would I ever expect that I would "need" to have a post every day, like it was a full-time effort?  I already have a full-time job that I enjoy, and it pays the bills - and frankly, as much as I've always said that I would love to be a full time, stay at home mom who home schools her kids - I'd probably end up just tearing my hair out and being sick with cabin fever!  

Right now, my full-time effort has to go to the job that pays the bills, and my free time in the evening has to go towards home schooling Freckle and being a mom!  It's more important that the house is picked up and the kids have clean laundry, than me having a post for the next day.  It's more important that I have free time to myself that I can take cake orders and practice my skills like I enjoy, than being forced to spend hours editing pictures and writing up a tutorial when it's 11 pm and I'm exhausted.  There's no way that I'd ever say good-bye to the blog, or to posting all together, but I think I've realized that I definitely need to take a step back and learn to enjoy it, rather than looking at it as a second job!  I'll post because I have something great that I want to share, or because the kids have done a really creative project that I think your kids might also enjoy.  I'll post because I have a happy urge to share something special, rather than because I threw something together at the last minute so that I have a post for the next day.  I hope you won't miss me too much, or forget about me.  I'll still be around, but maybe not everyday!

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad to see you posting this! I am of the opinion that if you have a "schedule" that you will eventually dry up, and burn out. It's much better to post as the inspiration strikes and not because you have to. Way to go!

    I'll be here when you post, because I love your blog! :-)


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