Guys. I love blogging.
Its weird. Its not something I ever thought I would love.
Im not talking about the writing. I always loved the writing.
But I'm talking about the "world" of blogging.
Before I 'got into' blogging I thought the whole thing was crazy.
The linking, the sidebar, the coding, the post graphics, the sponsorships ((yeah ok I still think thats kinda weird, but I get it though too ya know? Read my thoughts about sponsorship here))
But now that I have 'entered in', so to speak, I have really really come to love this weird and wonderful world.
Sure, my husband still doesn't 'get' why I have to have certain posts up at certain times. He doesn't understand that I now have friends all over the world who I know lots about but have never met!
But I love it. I think its amazing.
With that being said. Here is a little list of my most loved, aka why I do this thing, reasons for blogging along with some things I find funny/weird/ridiculous about blogging.
I LOVE all of the amazing people I have met and the amazing way that blogging connects us. I love feeling like I have a cup of coffee with you all every morning. I feel that I know you, that I am watching your children grow up. And to me that is beautiful and strange and altogether wonderful.
I DO NOT love the pressure to post constantly. I love writing when I love writing. If you like me and like what I have to say. You'll come back. I got super caught up in the followers and page views for a while there and it made me feel like I had to constantly post to grow this little blog here. If that is your goal and passion, I think that is truly amazing and I will be here cheering you on. I have lots of wonderful blog friends who aim to monetize their blog, I hope to support them in the ways I can. But me, my first priority is my home, my husband and my babies. Sometimes this may afford me the time and creativity to post 5 times a week, sometimes 2. And that. is. ok.
I LOVE being pushed and challenged to better my writing. I have always loved keeping a journal, but I also LOVE having a real audience. It challenges my creativity and keeps my grammar and vocabulary (I hope) somewhat fresh.
I DO NOT love the blogosphere fetish with the "word" 'ya'll'. Seriously, what is up with this? Is this just an American thing that I don't get? The way I see it is... if you are from the south, have previously lived in the south or your mother is Southern, then maybe you can get away with it. But if you aren't... I think you know that you're probably not pulling it off. Heck, I did it once. I even hit publish on my 'ya'll', so its out there in some post, just being a blatant imposter!
My advice? Find your own thing. Get your own little words and catch phrases. You're readers will love it and you will feel more authentic. Ok ya'll? ..... just kidding....
I LOVE being used for God's glory through this blog. This little bloggity started out as solely a craft blog; I wanted a place to post my projects. Since then, it has morphed into more of a lifestyle blog and some would say "mommy blog". Whatever niche you fit me into, my main focus these days is in little ways, in big ways, in whatever ways He gives me, I want to honour and glorify the One who I truly live for. Maybe thats through my posts but more often I hope it will just be through my life and through my love.
I DO NOT love social media trollers. I don't really know what to call them but you know what I'm talkin about. The bloggers who come to the link up party, don't read the rules, and link like 5 unrelated and weird posts. When you actually go to their site there isn't a whole lot of substance going on. I just feel like these peeps are out to become "big name" bloggers and aren't wanting to make real connections with anyone. Which in my humble opinion, is I think how big name bloggers get there, the content and their connection with the reader....
I LOVE reflecting on my life. Capturing and preserving those precious memories of me as a new mother, of Hazel as a baby, of the ways my husband loves me, of our tiny little seemingly mundane life. Writing this blog helps me to focus, to immortalize some of those little and big moments in our life. I know that in years to come having this blog will be a blessing to look back on.
I LOVE community. I know I already mentioned this above. But really and truly the Lord is getting me fired up about community, both 'real' world and online world. I really hope and pray that this blog can generate a community of people, whether moms or not moms, to support each other and build each other up. I have some ideas brewing about how to do this even more!
There you have it!! A whole blog post with no pictures! Don't hate ok?
I hope that you enjoyed it, maybe some of this resonates with you?