Tuesday, February 12, 2013

- where is this little blog is headed -


So, if you haven't noticed...I haven't been around here much lately. I can't exactly figure out what has changed in the past year or so, other than the fact that my little one is growing up...and just takes it out of me these days. I'm telling you, this age is amazing for so many reasons...but so exhausting for so many reasons! By the time I finally get her wrestled into her bed, and by the time her eyes are finally shut for the night, I don't have much left in me to do things like blog. Honestly, I would rather sit on the couch with the hubs and do things that require less creativity and wit, like catching up on IG, or reading other's blogs (don't worry friends, I am still out there reading and catching up on your blogs!!! Every single one of them!)

Recently, when I started to look back and realized that at this point, I am only posting maybe twice a week, if even that, I started to stress out. My number of followers hasn't increased in over two months, because I just don't have time to participate in any sort of blog hops or giveaways. It's so hard not to get caught up in the blog world...in counting your followers, in forcing yourself to post daily.

But let me just be honest, I don't have the time to get caught up in that world right now. So that's when I had to stop to think where I wanted this little blog to be heading. And I had to stop to remind myself, that back when I started this blog, it was about recording the moments in our life. About capturing cute stories about the things Ellie did or said, or post the pictures of our fun times, or, to even remember the hard challenging times. But somewhere along the way, this little blog brought me even more than that...I started to meet some AMAZING friends. People who were in the exact place in their lives as I was. People whom I have never met in person (well except this one awesome blogger friend that I was just destined to meet!), but yet, I still feel so close to them. So then, this little blog started becoming a way to catch up with those friends. To keep them in the loop about what we have been up to, while continuing to read what they have been up to...

...and then came Instagram...where I could keep up with these amazing people, but in a much quicker, daily way. And hence, my blog posts starting coming few and far between. And every once in awhile, when I look at how much my stats have dropped, or when I notice that yet one more follower has "un followed" my blog, it stresses me out....for just a second. And then I realize that really, that's not what my little blog is all about.

I will continue posting here, when I have things to say (which actually is quite often...if you could read every single blog post that currently resides in my head, you would be amazed!). But for now, the pressure to post with any sort of regularity is off. I will continue to catch up on your blogs, and I will be here, at this little blog, weekly...but I can't promise you a post every day...or even a post every other day...I can't promise you anything, other than the fact that this little blog will go back to what it was intended to be when I first started it. My outlet when I have things to say, my record keeper when I have moments I don't ever want to forget, and my photo album when I have pictures that can tell the story of our lives.

Thank you to all of you who have stuck with me...who continue to visit this little blog, even though my posts are lacking these days. It is you guys that I really care about. It is you guys that I want to share my stories with. It is you guys that I love so much!!


21 comments:

Carlie said...

I am glad you are still finding time to blog even if it is just once a week! And I'm glad you're doing it for the right reasons--to remember things about raising your cute little girl! I'll always be one of your readers! =)

casey ann said...

seriously..who has time to read a blog post every day anyways!! okay okay..well i've certainly MADE time to read people's daily posts hehe ;) but i'll keep reading! i definitely feel blogs that 'accompany' all the wonderful things of a person's family/life are the most fun to read :)

Candice Moretti said...

Do what makes you happy and comfortable. I'll keep reading. :)

courtney - larking. said...

I've come to the conclusion that daily posts are for people who actually make a living blogging and have serious advertising dollars at stake. For the rest of us? Posting when it feels right is plenty. We'll still be here! Glad you're finding what works for you :)

Amy said...

Aw I have the same thoughts. It's hard to find time and mineis neglected too which makes me sad because its how I document my kids life! Poor Benny gets jipped on that end! Sigh! Sorry for typos this iPad is not letting me go back lol

Katie said...

I just wanted to let you know that though I may not be commenting, I am always reading, and your blog is one of my absolute favorites (probably because you're so awesome). That being said, even though I've only been blogging a short time, I completely understand the feelings you're having.

I hope that even if the blog goes away, over time, that we will keep in touch.

xoxo

Paige said...

Your blog, your rules. That said...I love your blog. I look forward to your posts, whenever they are. xo

Andrea {kerubo mama} said...

I completely understand! Do whatever feels right to you! Personally, I grow to dislike the blogs that start to become all about followers and sponsors, there's something about them that don't always feel real and personal anymore. So do what you're doing, because we love you for it! I will always read and always keep up, your space here is one of my faves! Love ya, hon! xo

Tiffany @ Blabbering Thoughts said...

Yep I love you! I totally blame you why I quit blogging.......... ;)

The "L" in ELF said...

I feel like I'm in a similar place. My peaked at the end of 2012, but it kind of burnt me out. Maybe it's the impending arrival of the new baby or just exhaustion in general after a very long year, but I'm tired and not sure where I'm headed blog-wise. Right now, I want to focus on family and while it stings a bit to see those numbers drop, I know that I need to do what's right for me. Good luck mama, I'll still be reading!

Shannon said...

It's hard to keep up with it all, isn't it?! I started a new blog this year and I'm hoping to post more, but it's so hard to find time. I'm lucky if I post once a week, so I understand! I love reading you blog and love coming to see what you are up too! Happy Valentine's Day sweet friend! xoxo

Shannon said...

http://simplyusarcher.wordpress.com/
here is my new link, if your interested! It linked my old blog above! ;-)

jenn_are said...

Stopping by from the Aloha Hop! I'd love it you checked me out too :D

technicolor-moments.blogspot.com

Jessica Yambao said...

I've come to realize that blogging for me is not about gaining followers or high view stats but simply a place to share things I love!

I understand the stress of trying to blog frequently especially since I am relatively new to the blogverse! It's very challenging! But what it comes down to as you know is life gets busy! Luckily your blog will always be there when you need it! So blog when you feel like it, that's what it's there for!

xo,
Jessica
http://thedoilyduck.blogspot.com

Nantawan Bennett said...

Happy Friday, Time for visit and follow.
would be great if you can join my blog hop Friday.
Have a nice day.
Nan
www.blogshe.net

Kristin Dawn said...

Hey, new follower from the Aloha Friday Blog Hop. You have a lovely blog and I'm sure that whenever you do post, it'll be great, no matter how frequent that is. Looking forward to following along. :)

xo,
Kristin
aboutagirl.ca

Elena Ferdinand said...

I know exactly what you mean. I posted something very similar to this just weeks ago. When your blog starts to feel like work I think it's time to change something. It should be fun :o)

Sally said...

Blogs updated too much feel forced. Like you can TELL they just HAVE to do this giveaway or bloghop or whatever....and honestly, that isn't what interests me in blogs. I want to read about normal life, about funny things little ones do, and I want to be able to relate to others! I can't relate to devoting a TON of time to a blog!! :)))

Kira said...

I started to get caught up in the numbers game about a year ago and realized how silly that was. I ended up removing the gfc thing on my sidebar completely so it wasn't as easy for me to look at how many followers I had or didn't have. I didn't start my blog for that reason anyway. I know that makes it harder for people to follow my blog that way, but it also lowers my stress level.
I go through periods where I am blogging every day and others where it's only once or twice a week. Totally depends on how busy I am at the time. I try to remind myself that the blog is something I enjoy, but there are many things much higher on my priority list.
And...isn't IG great?! I love being about to keep up with people that way!

Rachel said...

It just makes you a real person, and a good mother, I think! I admit I don't post as often as I want to on my blog, but I've stopped being embarrassed that there's no rhyme or reason to when I blog...I just go with it for now! :)

Tani stevenson said...

I will always be here! :) And I feel the same way! Blogging for me is about recording the moments as well, and that is what is most important!

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