Blogging Break

I wanted to explain the reason behind my original blogging break.  It’s been on my heart and mind the last couple of weeks that my blogging wasn’t quite where I wanted it to be.  I felt as though my blogging was being censored because I didn’t want to post things that would be offensive, or cause people to not want to read my blog.  I want my blog to be real.  I want it to portray my life.  I don’t want people to think my marriage is perfect, my husband is perfect, or I am perfect.  I also don’t want to avoid talking about some topics because people may think they are weird, or controversial.  I took time during my blogging break to redefine the purpose of my blog.  What is that you ask?  Well, I want my blog to do two things.  Document my life as it is now, AND help others by offering tips and tricks and recipes and such.  I don’t want to bore you guys with talks about trips to the library, but I also don’t want to always be posting about ways to be the perfect housewife.  I’m trying to find the right balance to this.

This other part of my leaving was to work on my blog layout and design.  This is something that I’m still not totally happy about.  Why?  Well, I want my blog to represent me.  I want it to be welcoming, and be in some way reflective on who I am and what I’m about.  I also want to be able to customize it for each month, and I want to be able to make it more festive for holidays.  I have a feeling it’ll be a slow road getting to exactly what I want, so I apologize in advance to all the changes!

In addition to both of those, I want to admit that I have felt overwhelmed the last few weeks.  As this blog grows, it becomes more high maintenance.  I have to spend more time reading blog entries, replying to blogs I’ve read, returning comments and e-mails, thinking of new blog posts, and linking up to blog hops I love.  This in and of itself isn’t too bad, but on top of that I’m trying to manage the house and keep it clean, AND I’ve been working on another exciting project that I haven’t really mentioned yet.  I’m dying to write about it, and show it off, but I refuse to jinx myself by typing out my dreams and goals, and have them fall through!  Just know I’m working on something else that is extremely, extremely time consuming.  I’m trying to learn, and learn quickly how to manage each priority and do each well.

So, that is why I took a break.  And apparently my break wasn’t long enough because God allowed me to take even more time off because I was sick!  See, most people would think oh no, God is making me sick so I get more behind, I took it as God saying here, take some time to heal and relax!  Regardless of my blogging break, know I am back, and I am hopefully going to be writing some good entries in the near future!  I also want to thank everyone for their patience, sweet comments and encouragement.  I will be replying, just be patient with me!

Check in tomorrow for my next The Art of Housewifery post!


Shanda said...

I completely get you. At first, I began my blog as some place to be real. Now I am more guarded; not only because of what others might think but because I have more family members and friends reading it. Some have said I should just have an anonymous blog but, as you pointed out, blogging takes sooooooo much time. There is no way I could maintain two! So, like you, I am trying to find a balance. The other day my 20 year old son said, "Mom, please, if you write about me don't put it on Facebook!" So I have to be sensitive.
Glad you are back!

Carolyn said...

Personal and family time come waaaaay before the internet. Focus on what's important, especially if you feel its an area thats lacking attention. My motto--God and Family first...then everything else. Stay focused =)

Thanks for coming by and leaving a sweet comment! I hope you get the chance to make beer can chicken (or as I say "beer in the butt chicken") It really is the juiciest and tenderest recipe I've tried.

Hope you can stop back by again soon--I post every day of the week, so things are always changing.

God Bless!

Ps I know what you mean about design--i'm constantly changing mine to reflect who I am!

Sneakers Of Faith said...

I understand. I just started a new blog & am about to delete Catfish Kisses. I'm trying to redefine my blogging & totally get your frustration!


Sophie A. said...

haha i understand...more blogging, more followers, more maintenance!! didn't fully realize...i just take my time now :)